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Research lines

  • Concentrating solar power systems engineering.
  • High temperature components and applications.
  • Production of solar fuels and chemicals.

The specific activities included in the investigations on concentrated solar energy carried out by the IMDEA Energy Institute, are following:

  • Solar concentration plants fo high efficiency and integration in urban environments.
  • Solar concentrators, heliostats and optical engineering.
  • Advanced thermal fluids.
  • Solar receivers and reactors.
  • Development of techniques for characterisation and simulation of high flows of solar radiation and at high temperatures.
  • Integration of solar technologies for thermal, electric and hydrogen production contribution.
  • Reduction of metal oxides, solar assisted combustion.
  • Production of H2: CH4 decomposition, thermochemical cycles.
  • Production of biofuels from biomass.

The specific objectives are considered in the IMDEA Energy Institute in this research line are:

  • Catalysts for H2 and advanced biofuels production.
  • Production of hihg value-aded materials: graphene and carbon nanotubes.
  • Enzymatic tratment and pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass.
  • Biorefineries.
  • Production of microalgae to obtain biofuels.
  • Genetic modification of microorganisms to increase the production of biofuels.
  • Production of biofuels from municipal solid waste.
  • Storage coupled to renewable sources.
  • Sustainable mobility.

The specific objectives in this research line are:

  • Materials for high energy density capcitors and advanced batteries.
  • Thermochemical storage using ceramic materials and redox systems.
  • Design and modelling of electrochemical reactors: flow batteries, metal air batteries and supercapacitors.
  • Characterisation and testing of electrochemical energy storage devices at laboratory and pilot plant scales.
  • Proactive energy resource management for distribution ne-works and microgrids.
  • Integration of renewable and energy storage devices.

The R&D performed in the IMDEA Energy Institute regarding the intelligent management of electrical energy are:

  • Management algorithms for distribution networks.
  • Power networks and microgrids modelling and stability analysis.
  • Design and control of power electronics converters.
  • Reliability analysis of power networks with high share of renewables: solar, wind,...
  • Techno-economic and feasibility studies for electrical systems.
  • Energy saving and efficiency.
  • Optimised use of energy resources.

The specific objectives of this research line are:

  • Demand management and energy efficiency in buildings, residential and commercial sector.
  • Optimisation of energy supply mix.
  • Management of energy resources in industrial applications.
  • Energy efficiency aplication in vibration test systems.
  • Capacitive deionisation for energy efficient water treatment.
  • Photochemical valorisation of CO2.
  • Study of techniques for CO2 capture and storage.

The specific objectives of this research line are:

  • Catalysts for photocatalytic reduction of CO2.
  • Analysis of techniques for CO2 capture and storage: life cycle, environmental and techno-economic studies.
  • Development of new porous materials
  • Multifunctional composite materials
  • Adapted devices for their final application

The specific activities of IMDEA Energy within this research line are:

  • Synthesis and characterization of advanced materials: porous coordination polymers and inorganic solids with regular and/or hierarchical porosity
  • Tuning of the physicochemical properties of materials through the control of their chemical nature (composition, surface chemistry, functionalization, etc.) and textural properties (dimensionality, interconnectivity, specific surface, etc.)
  • Material integration into multicomponent systems
  • Material shaping. Control of particle size, morphology, thin films, pellets, columns , etc.