IREC offers a platform of common services based on its plural technological capabilities and expertise in the field of energy. The platform is conceived as a holding of different common services structured based on knowledge areas to perform technological research and development:
Semi-Virtual Energy Integration Laboratory
The Semi-Virtual Energy Integration Laboratory (SEILAB) provides advanced expertise to assess the development and integration of renewable energy solutions and innovative thermal and electrical equipment that are designed to improve energy efficiency in buildings and energy systems.
SEILAB offers short term feedback-improvement cycles for equipment development, fast determination of Seasonal Performance Factor (SPF), testing/optimising innovative control devices and regulation strategies, evaluation and testing of hybrid energy systems, testing under extreme operating and climate test conditions.
SEILAB offers the following services focused on the testing and emulation of components, such as:
- Micro-Combined Heat Power (m-CHP)
- Fuel cells CHP, ORC and gas boilers
- Photovoltaic and solar thermal collector
- Biomass energy production
- Heat pumps and chillers
Energy Smart Lab
The Energy Smart Lab service is managed in the area of Energy Efficiency Systems Buildings and Communities (ECOS) and receives the support of the different research groups of the area. This service offers an experimental and testing platform for technology development and testing in a flexible environment. It. can develop and test prototypes in the fields of smart grids and micro-grids, renewable energy sources and electric mobility integration and control, energy storage applications and energy management conceived.
The service is equipped with multiple emulators to control the reactive and active power profiles to simulate both consumption and generation, emulators for the electrical real component of different systems of Eolic generation and ocean currents (SCIG, DFIG and PMSG), equipment for real storage testing such as batteries, second life batteries or super-capacitor, etc. and lines and grid emulators.
The Energy Smart Lab offers the following services:
- Grid code validation
- Pre-certification testing and proof of concept development and experimental testing
- Grid integration testing for generation/storage/load units, immunity to grid disturbances validation, assessment of electrical grid quality (current harmonics and flicker)
- Endurance and performances tests for power systems and grid components
- Battery testing and characterization: evaluation and development of charging and aging algorithmic models, validation, testing and 2nd life batteries behavior characterization
- Testing of EVs electric chargers
- Development and testing of protocols and communication gateways
- Study of cybersecurity vulnerabilities and risks for electric systems
Materials for Energy Labs
The Materials for Energy Labs also known as “Servicios científico técnicos del área de materiales avanzados” (SCT-MAE) is managed in the area of Advanced Materials for Energy Unit and receives the support of the different research groups of the area. This service offers an experimental setup for synthesizing and characterizing a broad scope of materials as well as the capabilities to assemble and testing energy conversion and storage devices.
The general Materials for Energy Labs services are:
- Structural analysis including thermo-electrical characterization, XRD, AFM, Raman and SEM
- Chemical characterization of materials services including elemental analysis, physisorption and chemisorption, chromatography and TGA
- Analysis and measurement of different semiconducting devices and unique process monitoring setup developed in-house
- Synthesis of nanomaterials and surface functionalization
Additionally, the SCT-MAE may also offer specialized services based on the experimental capabilities of the research groups depending on the request and the availability. These additional services are:
Energy Storage, Harvesting and Catalysis lab services:
- Battery fabrication, assembly and testing
- Electrochemical testing
- Thermo-, photo- and plasma-catalytic reactors
- Heterogeneous catalyst characterization
- Electrode/catalyst fabrication and thin film deposition
- Reactor modelling (CFD)
Solar Energy Materials and Systems lab services:
- Synthesis of photovoltaic materials
- Thin film processing
- Solar cell prototyping and integration
- Advanced characterization
- Industrial process monitoring workshop
Functional Nanomaterials lab Services:
- Nanomaterials synthesis
- Photo-, electro- catalytic properties analysis
- Thermoelectric characterization
Nanoionics and Fuel Cells lab Services:
- Nanostructures and thin films fabrication and characterisation
- Advanced materials fabrication and characterisation
- Electrochemical measurements and performance of devices (from micro- to stack-scale testing)
This laboratory is a common infrastructure that brings together the knowledge and capacity of the IT Security Unit from EURECAT with the Power Systems group at IREC. The goal is to create a laboratory that allows to design, validate and test cyberattacks and protection informatic tools in the electrical system. This laboratory and the linked collaborations will create a unique infrastructure that allows to maximize the user cases and the services that can be offered.
Access and pricing:
If you are interested in our services, please contact our Knowledge and Technology Transfer Team (KTT) explaining your interests and experimental needs via the following e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your request will be processed and assessed internally by our service experts and responded shortly after.
The pricing is subject to internal policy and will be adjusted according to the requested service. A detailed definition of the service scope will be defined in the offer.