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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Recent Submissions

  • Combinatorial and machine learning approaches for the analysis of Cu2ZnGeSe4: influence of the off-stoichiometry on defect formation and solar cell performance 

    Grau Luque, Enric; Anefnaf, Ikram; Benhaddou, Nada; Fonoll Rubio, Robert; Becerril Romero, Ignacio; Aazou, Safae; Saucedo Silva, Edgardo Ademar; Sekkat, Zouheir; Pérez Rodríguez, Alejandro; Izquierdo Roca, Víctor; Guc, Maxim (Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), 2021-04-28)
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    Solar cells based on quaternary kesterite compounds like Cu2ZnGeSe4 are complex systems where the variation of one parameter can result in changes in the whole system, and, as consequence, in the global performance of the ...
  • The effect of annealing temperature on Cu2ZnGeSe4 thin films and solar cells grown on transparent substrates 

    Ruiz Perona, Andrea; Sánchez González, Yudania; Guc, Maxim; Kodalle, Tim; Placidi, Marcel Jose; Merino Álvarez, José Manuel; Cabello, Fátima; García Pardo, Marina; León Macarrón, Máximo; Caballero Mesa, Raquel (2021-07-01)
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    Semi-transparent solar cells are the next step for photovoltaics into our daily life. Over the last years, kesterite-type material has attracted a special attention to be used as an absorber in thin-film solar cells because ...
  • A metaheuristic optimization model for the inter-array layout planning of floating offshore wind farms 

    Lerch, Markus Jürgen; Prada Gil, Mikel de; Molins i Borrell, Climent (2021-10-01)
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    This paper presents an adapted particle swarm optimization model for the electrical layout planning of floating offshore wind farms (FOWFs). A comprehensive model is considered by taking into account the entire wind turbine ...
  • Reversible fuel electrode supported solid oxide cells fabricated by aqueous multilayered tape casting 

    Bernadet, Lucile; Morales Comas, Miguel; Morata García, Alejandro; Torrell Faro, Marc; Tarancón Rubio, Albert (2021-01-28)
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    Fuel electrode supported solid oxide cells (SOCs) have been developed on an industrial scale using the aqueous tape-casting technique. The NiO–yttria-stabilized zirconia Y2O3–ZrO2 (YSZ) fuel electrode and YSZ electrolyte ...
  • Insights into interface and bulk defects in a high efficiency kesterite-based device 

    Fonoll Rubio, Robert; Andrade Arvizu, Jacob; Blanco Portals, Javier; Becerril Romero, Ignacio; Guc, Maxim; Saucedo Silva, Edgardo Ademar; Peiró Martínez, Francesca; Estradé Albiol, Sònia; Izquierdo Roca, Víctor; Pérez Rodríguez, Alejandro (2021-01-01)
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    This work provides a detailed analysis of a high efficiency Cu2ZnSnSe4 device using a combination of advanced electron microscopy and spectroscopy techniques. In particular, a full picture of the different defects present ...
  • Tubular CoFeP@CN as a Mott–Schottky catalyst with multiple adsorption sites for robust lithium-sulfur batteries 

    Zhang, Chaoqi; Du, Ruifeng; Jacas Biendicho, Jordi; Yang, Dawei; Zhang, Ting; Wang, Xiang; Arbiol, Jordi; Llorca Piqué, Jordi; Morante Lleonart, Joan Ramon; Cabot, Andreu (2021-06-24)
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    The shuttle effect and the sluggish reaction kinetics of lithium polysulfide (LiPS) seriously compromise the performance of lithium–sulfur batteries (LSBs). To overcome these limitations and enable the fabrication of robust ...
  • Atomically dispersed Fe in a C2N based catalyst as a sulfur host for efficient lithium–sulfur batteries 

    Liang, Zhifu; Yang, Dawei; Tang, Pengyi; Zhang, Chaoqi; Jacas Biendicho, Jordi; Zhang, Yi; Llorca Piqué, Jordi; Wang, Xiang; Li, Junshan; Morante Lleonart, Joan Ramon; Cabot, Andreu; Arbiol, Jordi (2021-02-04)
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    Lithium–sulfur batteries (LSBs) are considered to be one of the most promising next generation energy storage systems due to their high energy density and low material cost. However, there are still some challenges for the ...
  • Simulation tools to build urban-scale energy models: a review 

    Sola Saura, Alaia; Corchero García, Cristina; Salom Tormo, Jaume; Sanmartí Cardona, Manel (2018-11-23)
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    The development of Urban-Scale Energy Modelling (USEM) at the district or city level is currently the goal of many research groups due to the increased interest in evaluating the impact of energy efficiency measures in ...
  • Environmental and social impacts of Li-ion batteries 

    Lerides, Marcos; Buysse, Maarten; Pérez Olmo, Beatriz; McCready, Amy; Ferreira Ferreira, Víctor J.; Benveniste Pérez, Gabriela; Canals Casals, Lluc (2021-06-30)
    External research report
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    Electric vehicles do not directly emit CO2. However, the generation of electricity to charge their Li-ion batteries does. More importantly, though, the manufacturing of Li-ion batteries has considerable environmental and ...
  • Standalone micro-reformer for on-demand hydrogen production from dimethyl ether 

    Bianchini, Marco; Alayo, Nerea; Soler Turu, Lluís; Salleras, M.; Fonseca Chácharo, Luis; Llorca Piqué, Jordi; Tarancón Rubio, Albert (2021-09)
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    Entering a new era of sustainable energy generation and consumption, micro-fuel cells are showing great po-tential for providing high energy density to consumer electronics, and micro-reactor technology can indeed enable ...
  • Estudio de mercados de flexibilidad de la demanda y algoritmos de agregadores 

    Canals Casals, Lluc; Barbero, Mattia; Corchero García, Cristina; Igualada González, Lucía (2018)
    Conference report
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    La flexibilidad de la demanda implica, siempre, un desplazamiento de la misma buscando un beneficio, aunque este beneficio se pueda obtener por medios distintos: el arbitraje de precios aprovechando la fluctuación del ...
  • Facing seawater splitting challenges by regeneration with Ni-Mo-Fe bifunctional electrocatalyst for hydrogen and oxygen evolution 

    Murcia López, Sebastián; García de Andrés, Xènia; Rosado, M; Llorca Piqué, Jordi; Morante Lleonart, Joan Ramon (2021-07-22)
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    Hydrogen, produced by water splitting, has been proposed as one of the main green energy vectors of the future if produced from renewable energy sources. However, to substitute fossil fuels, large amounts of pure water are ...

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