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

  • End of electric vehicle batteries: reuse vs. recycle 

    Kotak, Yash; Marchante, Carlos; Canals Casals, Lluc; Bhavya Satishbhai, Kotak; Koch, Daniel; Geisbauer, Christian; Trilla Romero, Lluís; Gómez-Nuñez, Alberto; Schweiger, Hans-Georg (2021-04-16)
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    It is a fact that electric vehicles (EVs) are beneficial for climate protection. However, the current challenge is to decide on whether to reuse an EV battery or to recycle it after its first use. This paper theoretically ...
  • Defect depth-profiling in kesterite absorber by means of chemical etching and surface analysis 

    Giraldo, Sergio; Calvo-Barrio, L; Placidi, Marcel Jose; Sánchez González, Yudania; Saucedo Silva, Edgardo Ademar; Jehl, Zacharie Victor Samuel Na (2021-02-28)
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    A method to probe the depth morphology, defect profile and possible secondary phases in a thin film semiconductor is presented, taking a standard Kesterite film as an example. Using a top-down approach based on a previously ...
  • Investigation on limiting factors affecting Cu2ZnGeSe4 efficiency: Effect of annealing conditions and surface treatment 

    Sánchez González, Yudania; Andrade Arvizu, Jacob; Becerril Romero, Ignacio; Guc, Maxim; Giraldo, Sergio; Izquierdo Roca, Víctor; Saucedo Silva, Edgardo Ademar (2020-10-01)
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    This work aims to unveil the optimal annealing conditions and surface treatments of CZGeSe absorbers, synthesized using vacuum-based deposition technique, with an eye to optimizing the main parameters allowing better control ...
  • Multi-domain urban-scale energy modelling tools: a review 

    Sola Saura, Alaia; Corchero García, Cristina; Salom Tormo, Jaume; Sanmartí Cardona, Manel (Elsevier, 2020-03)
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    The development of Urban-Scale Energy Modelling (USEM) at district or city level is today the goal of many research groups due to the increased interest in applications such as new strategies for city energy supply/demand, ...
  • Overview of the regulation on aggregator agents in Europe 

    Barbero, Mattia; Igualada González, Lucía; Corchero García, Cristina (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2018)
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    Demand Response (DR) mechanisms promise to increase competition in the electricity sector and grid's reliability. Balancing and ancillary services could be offered by consumers for frequency balances but a new actor is ...
  • Conductores de alta capacidad y cables, alternativas a las líneas aéreas convencionales 

    Lloret Gallego, Pau; Villafafila Robles, Roberto; Rosario Calaf, Gerard del; Sumper, Andreas (Grupo Tecnipublicaciones, 2008-10)
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    Hasta el momento, prácticamente la única opción disponible para aumentar la capacidad de transmisión del sistema eléctrico era añadir nuevas líneas aéreas de alta tensión en corriente alterna a la red de transporte. Sin ...
  • Reliability assessment of a fault-tolerant PV multistring inverter 

    Renaudineau, Hugues Jean-Marie; Paradell-Solà, Pol; Trilla Romero, Lluís; Filbà Martínez, Àlber; Cardoner, David; Domínguez García, José Luis (2020-12-10)
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    In photovoltaic (PV) systems, the reliability of the system components, especially the power converters, is a major concern in obtaining cost effective solutions. In order to guarantee service continuity in the case of ...
  • Partial substitution of the CdS buffer layer with interplay of fullerenes in kesterite solar cells 

    Sánchez González, Yudania; Giraldo, Sergio; Saucedo Silva, Edgardo Ademar; Ahmad, Shahid (Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), 2020-07-27)
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    ver the last few decades, significant progress has been made with inorganic materials to enable them as next generation photovoltaic materials that can fulfil the demands of green energy. Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4stands out as a ...
  • Influence of the ligand stripping on the transport properties of nanoparticle-based PbSe nanomaterials 

    Cadavid, Doris; Ortega Torres, Silvia; Illera Robles, Sergio; López Martínez, Antonio Miguel (2020-01-07)
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    Nanomaterials produced from the bottom-up assembly of nanocrystals may incorporate ~1020–1021 cm–3 not fully coordinated surface atoms, i.e., ~1020–1021 cm–3 potential donor or acceptor states that can strongly affect ...
  • Critical evaluation of European balancing markets to enable the participation of Demand Aggregators 

    Barbero, Mattia; Corchero García, Cristina; Canals Casals, Lluc; Igualada González, Lucía; Heredia, F.-Javier (Francisco Javier) (2020-04-15)
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    European Directives are incentivizing consumers to play an active role in the electricity system and to collaborate to maintain its stability, which has been historically provided by large generation power plants. However, ...
  • Transition metal oxides for kesterite solar cells developed on transparent substrates 

    Becerril Romero, Ignacio; Sylla, Dioulde; Placidi, Marcel Jose; Sánchez González, Yudania; Andrade Arvizu, Jacob; Izquierdo Roca, Víctor; Guc, Maxim; Pérez Rodríguez, Alejandro; Grini, Sigbjørn; Vines, Lasse; Pusay Villarroel, Benjamín Andrés; Almache Hernández, Rosa Estefanía; Puigdollers i González, Joaquim; Pistor, Jan Paul; Saucedo Silva, Edgardo Ademar; Espindola Rodríguez, Moisés (2020-07-01)
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    Fabrication on transparent soda-lime glass/fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates opens the way to advanced applications for kesterite solar cells such as semitransparent, bifacial, and tandem devices, which are key to ...
  • How building and district algorithms enhance renewable energy integration in energy markets 

    Canals Casals, Lluc; Corchero García, Cristina; Ortiz, Joana; Salom, Jaume; Cardoner, David; Igualada González, Lucía; Carrillo, Rafael E.; Stauffer, Yves (2019)
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    This study shows the results of the SABINA H2020 project, which analyzes the effect of two level optimization algorithms to increase the consumption of renewable power sources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. First, ...

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