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

  • A wind farm operational strategy for primary frequency support optimization 

    Siniscalchi Minna, Sara; Bianchi, Fernando Daniel; Ocampo-Martínez, Carlos; Prada Gil, Mikel de (2017)
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    With the aim of distributing the total power required at the wind farm control level for each wind turbine, we proposed a multi-objective model predictive control scheme able to (i) ensure the tracking of the power demanded ...
  • A wind-lidar buoy for offshore wind measurements: first commissioning test-phase results 

    Gutiérrez Antuñano, Miguel Ángel; Tiana Alsina, Jordi; Rocadenbosch Burillo, Francisco; Sospedra, Joaquim; Aghabi, Rajai; González Marco, Daniel (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2017)
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    This paper presents the development of a new commercial floating lidar system aimed to measure the wind resource and other environmental variables at candidate wind farm locations. This work describes this new lidar system ...
  • A prototype reactor for highly selective solar-driven CO2 reduction to synthesis gas using nanosized earth-abundant catalysts and silicon photovoltaics 

    Urbain, Félix; Tang, Pengyi; Carretero González, Nina Maga; Andreu, Teresa; Gerling Sarabia, Luis Guillermo; Voz Sánchez, Cristóbal; Arbiol Cobos, Jordi; Morante Lleonart, Joan Ramon (2017-10)
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    The conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) into value-added chemicals and fuels, preferably using renewable energy and earth-abundant materials, is considered a key priority for future energy research. In this work, a bias-free ...
  • Demand aggregator flexibility forecast: price incentives sensitivity assessment 

    Kotsis, Grigorios; Moschos, Ioannis; Corchero García, Cristina; Cruz Zambrano, Miguel (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2015)
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    This work seeks to determine the potentials of a Demand Aggregator into the Demand Response scheme. The authors describe and validate the optimization technique used by the Aggregator to enable demand flexibility in domestic ...
  • Methodology for EBSILON simulation studies of on-site generation CHP systems for data centre 

    Rudolf, V.; Lal Shrestha, N.; Urbaneck, T.; Pflugradt, N.; Platzer, B.; Camara, O.; Carrera, Angel; Salom Tormo, Jaume; Oró Prim, Eduard; García Prat, Albert; Timmerman, M.; Trapman, H. (2016)
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    The use of information technology services is increasing and causes a rising energy demand of data centres. In order to cover the requirements linked to this effect and respond to the energetic and environmental goals, fossil ...
  • Impact of Cu-Au type domains in high current density CuInS2 solar cells 

    Moreau, Antonin; Insignares Cuello, Cristina; Escoubas, Ludovic; Simon, Jean-Jacques; Bermudez, Veronica; Perez Rodriguez, Alejandro; Izquierdo Roca, Víctor; Ruiz, Carmen M. (2015-08-01)
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    In this work, a series of stain steel 15×15 cm2 CuInS2 solar cells with efficiencies close to the record one for this kind of devices, are analyzed. Through a careful and comprehensive study of the structural and electronic ...
  • Improved selectivity for partial oxidation of methane to methanol in the presence of nitrite ions and BiVO4 photocatalyst 

    Murcia López, Sebastián; Villa Gómez, Katherine; Andreu, Teresa; Morante, Joan Ramon (2015-04-28)
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    Nitrite ions are shown to have significant influence on the selectivity of the photocatalytic oxidation of methane to methanol. An almost complete inhibition of undesired CO2 has been achieved with BiVO4 in the presence ...
  • Fe3O4@NiFexOy nanoparticles with enhanced electrocatalytic properties for oxygen evolution in carbonate electrolyte 

    Luo, Zhishan; Martí Sanchez, Sara; Nafria Soler, Raquel; Joshua, Gihan; de la Mata, María; Guardia, Pablo; Flox Donoso, Cristina; Martinez-Boubeta, Carlos; Simeonidis, Konstantinos; Llorca Piqué, Jordi; Morante, Joan Ramon; Arbiol, Jordi; Ibañez, María; Cabot, Andreu (2016-11-02)
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    The design and engineering of earth-abundant catalysts that are both cost-effective and highly active for water splitting are crucial challenges in a number of energy conversion and storage technologies. In this direction, ...
  • Standalone ethanol micro-reformer integrated on silicon technology for onboard production of hydrogen-rich gas 

    Pla, Dolors; Salleras, M.; Morata García, Alejandro; Garbayo, I.; Gerboles, M.; Sabaté, Nuria; Divins, N. J.; Casanovas Hoste, Adrià; Llorca Piqué, Jordi; Tarancón Rubio, Albert (2016)
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    A novel design of a silicon-based micro-reformer for onboard hydrogen generation from ethanol is presented in this work. The micro-reactor is fully fabricated with mainstream MEMS technology and consists of an active ...
  • Mesoporous ceramic oxides as humidity sensors: A case study for gadolinium-doped ceria 

    Almar Liante, Laura; Tarancón Rubio, Albert; Andreu, Teresa; Torrell Faro, Marc; Hu, Yang; Dezanneau, Guillem; Morata García, Alejandro (2015-09-01)
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    Mesoporous materials have been studied as high performance sensing materials due to their singular microstructure and extremely high surface-to-volume ratio. However, the lack of stability of these nanostructures is assumed ...
  • Pd2Sn [010] nanorods as a highly active and stable ethanol oxidation catalyst 

    Luo, Zhishan; Lu, jianmin; Flox Donoso, Cristina; Nafria Soler, Raquel; Genç, Aziz; Arbiol, Jordi; Llorca Piqué, Jordi; Ibañez, María; Morante, Joan Ramon; Cabot Codina, Andreu (Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016)
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    The development of highly active, low cost and stable electrocatalysts for direct alcohol fuel cells remains a critical challenge. While Pd2Sn has been reported as an excellent catalyst for the ethanol oxidation reaction ...
  • Technical and economic comparison of various electrical collection grid configurations for large photovoltaic power plants 

    Prada Gil, Mikel de; Domínguez García, José Luis; Trilla Romero, Lluís; Gomis Bellmunt, Oriol (2017-02-22)
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    In this study, a technical and economic comparative analysis for evaluating the performance of various electrical photovoltaic (PV) plant configurations is presented. This methodology assessment is based on a holistic ...

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