Self-cleaning nanocoatings for solar panels and wind blades applications The objective of this research line is development a self-cleaning nanotechnological coatings to increase energy efficiency of solar panels and wind blades. The accumulation of dust and dirt in the wind blades modifies the aerodynamic profile of the structure and reduces the energy transformation produced by […]
Energy management and control of PV dominated microgrids has gained importance in recent years. The objective of the project is to develop novel planning and operating methods for such micgrogrids,primarily based on inverters interfacing PV and energy storage devices. The transient and small-signal stability aspects should be addressed as well as the development of novel control algorithms for primary, secondary and tertiary control. The microgrids should operate in both grid-connected and islanded modes and provide a smooth transition between the two.
Our research group has previous experience on developing multifunctional composite by means the incorporation of carbon nanostructures (carbon nanotubes and graphene) into the CFRC. Composites with high electric conductivity for structural health monitoring, light-strike protection or anti-icing/de-icing applications have been developed. This route will be also explored in this proposal considering the direct growing or deposition of CNT and/or graphene on CF for increasing SSA with minimum degradation of mechanical properties. On the other hand, the application of solid polymer electrolytes (SPE) as matrix for structural composites could be also studied, although it could be necessary to increase their stiffness for structural applications. Beside, most polymers exhibit fluctuations in ionic transport when are subjected to environmental conditions, such as humidity
n this project, we will focus on indoors and large spaces (i.e. hospitals, universities, shopping centres, educational centers, galleries and tunnels). These spaces can be structured spaces or diaphanous spaces where energy monitoring can play a key role in management of emergency situations in the SMART ENERGY program.This research will developa a platform based on Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and accessible interfaces capable of operating indoors with hostile conditions associated with an emergency situation
We are interested in got talent for research and implementation of guidance systems sensory. Systems that physiologically monitor the user to make decisions in the navigation in different spaces in emergency situations. These spaces can be structured spaces or diaphanous spaces where energy monitoring can play a key role in management of emergency situations in the SMART ENERGY program.
The use of wind as a source of energy has increased extremely quick in the last decades, thus a 30% of growth worldwide has been reported. Since 2016, wind generators are the second source of power generation when it overtook coal industry which is well developed in European countries. Moreover, wind power installed in 2017 was greater than any other source of energy and the tendency is that the installation of this type of energy will grow during the next decade.
The present research line is part of a project of the European consortium EUROfusion, funded by Euratom within the Horizon 2020 program. EUROfusion supports fusion research activities in accordance with the Roadmap to the realization of fusion energy.
DELFO group is formed by four university professors. The group is centred on the study of organic solar cells (OSC) and perovskite solar cells (PSC) stability. The group has active collaborations with different European organizations, such as Fraunhofer-ISE (Germany), CHOSE (Italy), NPL (U. K.) and DTU (Denmark). Research activities in the group are aimed towards fabrication, characterization and physical and circuital modeling of OSC and PSC. The final goal of the research is to understand the physical mechanisms occurring inside OSC and PSC devices, and identify those responsible of degradation.
Feedstock recycling by thermal and catalytic pyrolysis is the most studied technology to convert plastic wastes but these processes present limited conversion at low pyrolysis temperature. An alternative and attractive solution for thermal heating is magnetic induction that might represent a way to save energy. Our proposal is to use magnetic nanoparticles and electromagnetic fields in order to heat just the local active sites of the catalyst, thereby achieving the degradation reaction with a more rapid and lower energy supply than feasible with normal thermal heating processes.
Numerical Simulation of Sonoreactors (Green Technology, Sonochemistry). Acoustic cavitation can be used to enhance some industrial processes (chemistry, biomedical applications, nanotechnology, food technology, water treatment, cleaning). The propagation of an intense ultrasonic wave in a liquid leads to the formation, oscillation, growth, and collapse of bubbles. our group develops numerical tools to study the time-dependent and nonlinear interaction of ultrasound and bubble oscillations, which is a key point to enhance the efficiency of sonochemistry.