IREC highlights renewable energies at EspaiCiència in Saló de l’Ensenyament

EspaiCiència, organised by the Fundació Catalana per a la Recerca i la Innovació (FCRI) in collaboration with Fira de Barcelona and held within the framework of the Saló de l’Ensenyament, is a dynamic platform designed to spark enthusiasm for the STEAM fields among secondary and high school students. This year, EspaiCiència was celebrated from 13th to 17th March 2024. It aims to showcase cutting-edge research and innovation from universities, research centres, companies, and professional entities to society, with a special focus on engaging the youth. This edition involved 37 entities, offering presentations, workshops, and demonstrations that stimulated curiosity and interest in science among attendees.

In this context, IREC has once again participated in the 2024 edition of the EspaiCiència initiative. This involvement signifies not just a commitment to advancing green energy research and innovations, but also a dedication to inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators. The IREC researchers engaged young students through activities centred on renewable energies

  • Drs. Gianfranco Sabato, Natalia Kostretsova, Santiago Marquez and Ismael Babeli, from the Nanoionics and Fuel Cells group, organised a workshop titled “3D Printing for the Hydrogen of the Future.”
  • From the Thermal Energy and Building Performance group, Drs. Elisenda Clèries and Marina Calcagnotto presented “How Energy Influences Building Consumption and What Can Be Done to Reduce It.” They elucidated the key factors affecting the energy performance of buildings and their impact on health and comfort, proposing strategies to reduce energy consumption through targeted rehabilitation and behavioural changes.
  • Dr. Anna Magrasó and Elisabeth Chulilla, from the Corporate Development and Knowledge and Technology Transfer department, offered an institutional overview with the “Discover Renewable Energies with IREC” workshop. Participants explored the latest in renewable energy through interactive sessions, learning about solar energy, green hydrogen, thermoelectric materials, and photovoltaics, as well as hydrogen vehicles and energy distribution.

This involvement underscores IREC’s ongoing commitment to advancing renewable energy technologies and highlights the importance of scientific research in shaping the future of energy.

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