Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC)
IREC is a private Foundation with the participation of the Catalan regional government (Generalitat de Catalunya), the Spanish Ministries of Industry and Science & Innovation, the Univ. of Barcelona, the Polytechnic Univ. of Catalonia, the Univ. Rovira Virgili and private companies from the energy sector.
The Institute constitutes a research organization committed to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the energy and environment sectors of knowledge and of their applications. More specifically, it has lines of work in technologies related to micro‐grids, electric vehicles, energy storage, efficiency in buildings, bioenergy and biofuels and offshore wind energy. The centre also has an electricity and power electronics area, and design and characterization of materials for energy.
IREC has a double orientation. One is a market orientation, offering technology development, new products and new technical solutions to energy companies. Also has a long term research orientation not directly directed toward the market, but possible future markets.