IREC Celebrates European Researchers’ Night 2023

  • Energy and environment

The Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) is participating in the European Researchers’ Night, scheduled for Friday, 29th September 2023. This prestigious event, endorsed by the European Commission since 2005, aims to publicly laud researchers for their significant contributions, emphasize the societal benefits of their work, and unveil the enthralling world of multidisciplinary research.

A team of IREC’s researchers from the Naoionic and Fuel Cells group, including Gianfranco Sabato, Ismael Babeli, Santiago Márquez, Olha Skurikhina, and Daiana Ferreira, has organized a workshop titled “The Future of 3D Printed Hydrogen”. This session will delve into the innovative realm of 3D ceramic printing for eco-friendly hydrogen production. Attendees will engage in:

  • Constructing the Energy Landscape: A puzzle activity tracing the lifecycle of green hydrogen, complemented by insightful discussions on the electrical ecosystem.
  • Demystifying Hydrogen Production: A hands-on demonstration of hydrogen production using a DIY electrolytic cell.
  • Harnessing Hydrogen: An exploration of hydrogen’s applications, highlighted by a solar-powered fuel cell driving a toy car.
  • 3D Printing Insights: A deep dive into 3D printing techniques, culminating in crafting the HyP3D project emblem using resin and UV light.

This workshop promises to be an enlightening journey, offering a glimpse into the sustainable energy solutions of tomorrow.

Furthermore, researchers Martí Biset and Andrés Alberto García from the Energy Storage, Harvesting, and Catalysis group will organize a workshop coordinated by H2CAT, titled “Harnessing Light to Produce Hydrogen Fuel“. Scheduled for the 29th and 30th of September 2023 at Plaça Corsini, Tarragona, this session will elucidate the conversion of light energy into hydrogen fuel. Participants will witness the electrolysis of water powered by light, resulting in the production of oxygen and hydrogen. The latter will be utilized in a hydrogen fuel cell to generate water, heat, and energy, which will, in turn, power a demonstration car. A genuine electrochemical cell will also be on display. For further details, click here.

Additionally, IREC researchers will deliver two lectures as part of the “Matins de la Recerca” series. Although these lectures are not listed on the official Researchers’ Night website, they are exclusive to specific educational institutions:

  • The Key Role of Batteries in the Transition to Sustainable Energy on October 2nd, 2023, at the Institut de Nautica de Barcelona, presented by researcher Juan Carlos González-Rosillo from the Naoionic and Fuel Cells research group.
  • The Key Role of Batteries in the Transition to Sustainable Energy on October 4th, 2023, at the Institut Torras i Bages, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, led by Fernanda Monteiro from the Naoionic and Fuel Cells research group.

We cordially invite everyone to join us in celebrating the wonders of research and the invaluable contributions of our dedicated researchers to the scientific community.