Partner profile

Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya (IREC)

Catalonia Institute for Energy Research 

A public not for profit research institute, supporting the sustainable development and competitiveness across Spain. The institute is striving to become a centre of excellence for international benchmarking and covers the following areas.

Research units:

  • Advanced Materials
  • Functional Nanomaterials
  • Catalysis
  • Materials for Solar Systems
  • Nanoionics and Fuel Cells
  • Energy Storage and Harvesting
  • Bioenergy and Biofuels
  • Thermochemical Conversion
  • Biorefinery and Microalgae

Technology development units:

  • Energy Efficiency: Systems, Buildings and Communities
  • NZEB (Net Zero Energy Buildings and Communities)
  • Integration of Renewables.
  • Smart Grids and Microgrids
  • Green IT
  • Electric Mobility
  • Lighting
  • Economic analysis and regulation
  • Offshore Wind Energy
  • Aerodynamics and Aeroelasticity
  • Electric Machines and Control Systems
  • Grid Integration
  • Wind resource assessment at see
  • Project “ZÈFIR Test Station”

Relevant projects covering policy analysis, simulation & organisation and adaptation

Buildings & Communities: Marie (Med); nZEB (IEA); AIDA (IEE); Green@Hospitals (CIP-PSP); KIC MTT micro CHP; Tribute (FP7-NMP); SmartReFlex

Green IT: Coolemall (FP7-ICT); Renewit (FP7-ICT)