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

  • Partitioning approach for large wind farms: active power control for optimizing power reserve 

    Siniscalchi Minna, Sara; Ocampo-Martínez, Carlos; Bianchi, Fernando Daniel; Prada Gil, Mikel de; De Schutter, Bart (IEEE Press, 2018)
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    Nowadays, large wind farms are expected to guarantee stability of the electrical grid contributing with ancillary services, such as frequency support. To this end, wind farm controllers must set the power generation of ...
  • A multi-objective predictive control strategy for enhancing primary frequency support with wind farms 

    Siniscalchi Minna, Sara; Prada Gil, Mikel de; Bianchi, Fernando Daniel; Ocampo-Martínez, Carlos; De Schutter, Bart (2018)
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    Nowadays, wind power plants (WPPs) should be able to dynamically change their power output to meet the power demanded by the transmission system operators. When the wind power generation exceeds the power demand, the WPP ...
  • Configurations of model predictive control to exploit energy flexibility in building thermal loads 

    Péan, Thibaut; Salom Tormo, Jaume; Costa Castelló, Ramon (IEEE Press, 2018)
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    A model predictive control (MPC) framework is developed in the present study, with the final objective to improve the energy flexibility of building thermal loads through demand-side management. Three different configurations ...
  • The influence of different wind and wave conditions on the energy yield and downtime of a Spar-buoy floating wind turbine 

    Lerch, Markus; Prada Gil, Mikel de; Molins i Borrell, Climent (2019-06)
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    Floating offshore wind turbines (FOWT) have been extensively proven in model tests and are reaching currently a pre-commercial phase where large scale demonstrators are being built offshore. This transition increases the ...
  • Solar vanadium redox-flow battery powered by thin-film silicon photovoltaics for efficient photoelectrochemical energy storage 

    Urbain, Félix; Murcia López, Sebastián; Nembhard, Nicole; Vázquez Galván, Javier; Flox Donoso, Cristina; Smirnov, Vladimir; Welter, Katharina; Andreu, Teresa; Finger, Friedhelm; Morante Lleonart, Joan Ramon (Institute of Physics (IOP), 2018-11-15)
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    Solar-powered vanadium redox-flow batteries (VRFB) have emerged as an attractive method for large-scale and efficient energy storage and conversion. However, due to the stringent charging voltage requirements of vanadium-based ...
  • A wind farm control strategy for power reserve maximization 

    Siniscalchi Minna, Sara; Bianchi, Fernando Daniel; Prada Gil, Mikel de; Ocampo-Martínez, Carlos (Elsevier, 2019-02-01)
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    Nowadays, in many countries wind energy is responsible for a significant part of the electricity generation. For this reason, Transmission System Operators (TSOs) are now demanding the wind power plants (WPPs) to contribute ...
  • P-type c-Si solar cells based on rear side laser processing of Al 2O 3/SiC x stacks 

    Ortega Villasclaras, Pablo Rafael; Martín García, Isidro; López Rodríguez, Gema; Colina Brito, Mónica Alejandra; Orpella García, Alberto; Voz Sánchez, Cristóbal; Alcubilla González, Ramón (2012-11)
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    In this work, we further investigate a new strategy to passivate and contact the rear side of p-type c-Si solar cells based on the laser processing of aluminum oxide (Al2O3)/amorphous silicon carbide (SiCx) stacks before ...
  • Graphene-supported palladium phosphide PdP2 nanocrystals for ethanol electrooxidation 

    Liu, Junfeng; Luo, Zhishan; Junshan, Li; Yu, Xiaoting; Llorca Piqué, Jordi; Nasiou, Déspina; Arbiol, Jordi; Meyns, Michaela; Cabot, Andreu (2019-03-01)
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    We present a procedure to produce single-phase PdP2 nanocrystals (NCs). The approach involves the reaction of palladium(II) acetylacetonate and hexamethylphosphoroustriamide to nucleate defective Pd5P2 nanoparticles that ...
  • A simplified model for the dynamic analysis and power generation of a floating offshore wind turbine 

    Lerch, Markus; Prada Gil, Mikel de; Molins i Borrell, Climent (EDP Sciences, 2018)
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    This paper presents a simplified model for the dynamic analysis of a floating off-shore wind turbine (FOWT), which can be suitable for early feasibility and pre-engineering studies, where the complete system has to modeled ...
  • Comparison of the state of lithium-sulphur and lithium-ion batteries applied to electromobility 

    Benveniste Pérez, Gabriela; Rallo, Héctor; Canals Casals, Lluc; Merino, Antonio; Amante García, Beatriz (2018-11-15)
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    The market share in electric vehicles (EV) is increasing. This trend is likely to continue due to the increased interest in reducing CO2 emissions. The electric vehicle market evolution depends principally on the evolution ...
  • Role of tungsten doping on the surface states in BiVO4 photoanodes for water oxidation: tuning the electron trapping process 

    Shi, Qin; Murcia López, Sebastián; Tang, Pengyi; Flox Donoso, Cristina; Morante, Joan Ramon; Bian, Zhaoyong; Wagn, Hui; Andreu, Teresa (2018-03-09)
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    The nanostructured BiVO4 photoanodes were prepared by electrospinning and were further characterized by XRD, SEM, and XPS, confirming the bulk and surface modification of the electrodes attained by W addition. The role of ...
  • High-power positive electrode based on synergistic effect of N- and WO3 -decorated carbon felt for vanadium redox flow batteries 

    Hosseini, Mir; Mousavihashemi, Seyedabolfazl; Murcia López, Sebastián; Flox Donoso, Cristina; Andreu, Teresa; Morante, Joan Ramon (2018-09)
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    Although Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries (VRFB) are suitable for grid-scale applications, their power-related cost must be reduced in order to boost the use of this technology in the market, allowing their widespread ...

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