The Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) was created to contribute to the objective of creating a more sustainable future for energy usage and consumption, keeping in mind the economic competitivity and providing society with the maximum level of energy security.

This contribution will be done through scientific and technological development. The research requires a long-term vision which allows the identification of future challenges in energy. The Institute also works with practical research which allows businesses to implement innovative solutions immediately.

The project is framed in the Catalan, Spanish and global economic systems, and for that reason the institutional and business patrons have singularly and significantly joined forces for one common objective: the creation of value by means of scientific knowledge and technological development in the energy sector, a sector with global consequences with brings the IREC to an international arena, and becoming a point of reference in several of these areas.

The IREC is a project in which there are people participating who know that through the Institute they can contribute to a more sustainable future of energy production and consumption, in an environment of excellence.

As is already well known, it is necessary to find the equilibrium between sustainable energy development, economic competitivity and safe and secure energy supply. Each country and each situation requires a different point of equilibrium, but there are common objectives: reduce carbon emissions below 500 ppm before the year 2050.

In any case, the Institute was born within the framework of energy policies and technological research in Catalonia, Spain and the European Union, which design their strategies for a long term basis.

The IREC must help to develop and put into action the new opportunities of the energy sector, while still engaging the present and future social reality.

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Enviaments recents

  • Vibrational spectra and lattice thermal conductivity of kesterite-structured Cu2ZnSnS4 and Cu2ZnSnSe4 

    Skelton, Jonathan M.; Jackson, Adam J.; Dimitrievska, Mirjana; Wallace, Suzanne K.; Walsh, Aron (American Institute of Physics Inc., 2015-04-07)
    Accés obert
    Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) is a promising material for photovoltaic and thermoelectric applications. Issues with quaternary semiconductors include chemical disorder (e.g., Cu-Zn antisites) and disproportionation into secondary phases ...
  • Polarized Raman scattering study of kesterite type Cu2 ZnSnS4 single crystals 

    Guc, Maxim; Levcenko, Sergiu; Bodnar, Ivan V.; Izquierdo-Roca, Victor; Fontane, Xavier; Volkova, Larisa V.; Arushanov, Ernest; Perez-Rodriguez, Alejandro (Nature Publishing Group, 2016-01-18)
    Accés obert
    A non-destructive Raman spectroscopy has been widely used as a complimentary method to X-ray diffraction characterization of Cu2 ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin films, yet our knowledge of the Raman active fundamental modes in this ...
  • Raman scattering quantitative assessment of the anion composition ratio in Zn(O,S) layers for Cd-free chalcogenide-based solar cells 

    Guc, M.; Neuschitzer, M.; Hariskos, D.; Bauer, A.; Witte, W.; Hempel, W.; Calvo-Barrio, L.; Pistor, P.; Perez-Rodriguez, A.; Izquierdo-Roca, Victor (Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016)
    Accés obert
    This work reports the use of Raman scattering for the chemical characterization of Zn(O,S) layers that are being developed as a Cd-free alternative for the buffer layer in advanced chalcogenide solar cells. The nanometric ...
  • Novel Approaches towards Highly Selective Self-Powered Gas Sensors 

    Hoffmann, M.W.G.; Casals, O.; Gad, A.E.; Mayrhofer, L.; Fàbrega, C.; Caccamo, L.; Hernandez-Ramirez, F.; Lilienkamp, G.; Daum, W.; Moseler, M.; Shen, H.; Waag, A.; Prades, J.D. (Elsevier Ltd, 2015)
    Accés obert
    The prevailing design approaches of semiconductor gas sensors struggle to overcome most of their current limitations such as poor selectivity, and high power consumption. Herein, a new sensing concept based on devices that ...
  • Long-lived excitons in GaN/AlN nanowire heterostructures 

    Beeler, M.; Lim, C.B.; Hille, P.; Bleuse, J.; Schormann, J.; De la Mata, M.; Arbiol, J.; Eickhoff, M.; Monroy, E. (American Physical Society, 2015-05-27)
    Accés restringit per política de l'editorial
    GaN/AlN nanowire heterostructures can display photoluminescence (PL) decay times on the order of microseconds that persist up to room temperature. Doping the GaN nanodisk insertions with Ge can reduce these PL decay times ...
  • Tuning the high-temperature properties of Pr2NiO4+δ by simultaneous Pr- and Ni-cation replacement 

    Istomin, S. Ya.; Karakulina, O. M.; Rozova, M.G.; Kazakov, S.M.; Gippius, A.A.; Antipov, E.V.; Bobrikov, I.A.; Balagurov, A.M.; Tsirlin, A.A.; Michau, A.; Biendicho, J.J.; Svensson, G. (2016)
    Accés obert
    Novel Pr2-xSrxNi1-xCoxO4±δ (x = 0.25; 0.5; 0.75) oxides with the tetragonal K2NiF4-type structure have been prepared. Room-temperature neutron powder diffraction (NPD) study of x = 0.25 and 0.75 phases together with ...
  • High-performance thermoelectric nanocomposites from nanocrystal building blocks 

    Ibañez, Maria; Zhishan, Luo; Aziz, Genc; Piveteau, Laura; Ortega, Silvia; Cadavid, Doris; Dobrozhan, Oleksandr; Yu, Liu; Nachtegaal, Maarten; Zebarjadi, Mona; Arbio, Jordi; Kovalenko, Maksym V.; Cabot, Andreu (Nature Publishing Group, 2016-03-07)
    Accés obert
    he efficient conversion between thermal and electrical energy by means of durable, silent and scalable solid-state thermoelectric devices has been a long standing goal. While nanocrystalline materials have already led to ...
  • Optimal Buildings' Energy Consumption Calculus through a Distributed Experiment Execution 

    Fonseca Casas, Pau; Fonseca, Antoni; Garrido Soriano, Núria; Ortiz, Joana Aina; Casanovas, Josep; Salom Tormo, Jaume (Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2015)
    Accés obert
    The calculus of building energy consumption is a demanding task because multiple factors must be considered during experimentation. Additionally, the definition of the model and the experiments is complex because the problem ...
  • Improved thermal isolation of silicon suspended platforms for an all-silicon thermoelectric microgenerator based on large scale integration of Si nanowires as thermoelectric material 

    Fonseca, L.; Donmez, I.; Salleras, M.; Calaza, C.; Gadea, G.; Santos, J.D.; Morata, A.; Tarancon, A. (2015-12-10)
    Accés obert
    Special suspended micro-platforms have been designed as a part of silicon compatible planar thermoelectric microgenerators. Bottom-up grown silicon nanowires are going to bridge in the future such platforms to the surrounding ...
  • Implementing cost-optimal methodology in existing public buildings 

    Aelenei, L.; Paduos, S.; Petran, H; Tarrés, J.; Ferreira, A.; Corrado, V.; Camelo, S.; Polychroni, E.; Sfakianaki, K.; Gonçalves, H.; Salom Tormo, Jaume; Riva, G.; Murano, G. (Elsevier Ltd, 2015-11-01)
    Accés obert
    This study presents some preliminary results of an on-going European Project, RePublic-ZEB [1], where an analysis is conducted for identifying the cost optimal levels for the existing buildings, towards nearly Zero Energy ...

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