IREC starts 5 national RDi projects to address current challenges to achieve the energy transition

  • Energy and environment
  • Energy storage

IREC researchers have earned five proyectos de generación de conocimiento” at the 2022 call, which are national projects intended to promote the national and international leadership capacity of research teams in Spanish centres linked to R&D&i activities.

The granted projects at IREC are:

  1. FASSION3D, entitled “Fast sintering of ion-conducting 3D-printed energy devices” and coordinated by the Prof. ICREA Albert Tarancón and Marc Torrell, from the Nanoionics and Fuel Cells group. FASSION3D will deliver a new generation of highly performing energy devices fabricated by combining 3D printing technologies and rapid thermal treatment methods.
  2. InnoPV, entitled “Innovative chalcogenide thin film technologies for indoor photovoltaics” and coordinated by Alejandro Pérez-Rodríguez from the Solar Energy Materials and Systems group. InnoPV aims to demonstrate and develop a new generation of cost-efficient, robust, and stable PV devices specially designed for indoor applications, proposing and demonstrating optimal device architectures well adapted to the indoor illumination conditions.
  3. PowerDot, entitled “Thin Film-Based Micro Energy Harvesting and Storage Devices for Powering Nodes in the IoT” and coordinated by Alex Morata and Federico Baiutti from the Nanoionics and Fuel Cells group. The POWERDOT project aims to develop environmental energy harvesting and energy storage materials and devices to solve the energy autonomy problems of unwired sensor nodes operating in low power and/or pulsed regimes.
  4. SyDECat, entitled “Synergistic dual energy catalytic processes” and coordinated by Andreu Cabot from the Functional Nanomaterials group. The SyDECat project joints the work of two groups towards the exploration of combination(s) of two energy sources in industrially oriented catalytic processes. Specifically, it concerns the combination of thermal energy with light and electricity/magnetism, with a special focus on the use of solar radiation.
  5. SCALING, entitled “Integration of new Selective Contacts and Active Layers for Next Generation green energy devices” and coordinated by Maxim Guc and Ignacio Becerril from the Solar Energy Materials and Systems group. The project aims to develop a new device architecture for thin film solar cells using new sustainable selective and transparent contacts, widening the application of PV in day-to-day life.

These projects are included within the State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation 2021-2023 and will last for 3 years, starting on the 1st of September, 2023.

Acknowledgements (in Spanish):

Los proyectos FASSION3D (PID2022-137626OB-C32), InnoPV (PID2022-140226OB-C31), PowerDot (PID2022-142003OB-C21), SyDECat (PID2022-136883OB-C22) y SCALING (PID2022-138434OB-C52) están financiados por MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033/ FEDER, UE.