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Newsletter CIT UPC nº 26 April 2014
 
Centros Miembros CIT UPC
 

NEW STORAGE SYSTEMS FOR CONCENTRATED SOLAR POWER

The Heat and Mass Transfer Technology Center (CTTC UPC) is coordinating the KIC InnoEnergy project on thermal energy storage (TES) systems for concentrated solar power (CSP), to reduce such system’s high capital and maintenance costs, develop advanced analytical engineering tools and propose the best, most innovative solutions.
 
CTTC UPC has completed the beta version of two codes (STES and LTES), which are two innovative simulation tools for in-depth thermal and fluid analysis of storage systems for sensitive and latent heat. The codes can be used for i) advanced simulation analysis in relatively short computation times, ii) simulation of a wide range of storage systems (double tank, thermocline, etc.) iii) the analysis of different modes of operation of a plant, iv) special treatment of latent heat storage systems via encapsulated phase change materials, and v) economic analysis of energy stores to obtain minimum investment and operating costs. (Credit photo: Gemasolar Central Tower CSP plant).

 
 

NEW JOINT INNOVATION CENTRE WITH BARCELONA CITY COUNCIL

The Municipal Institute of Information Technologies (IMI) of Barcelona (Barcelona City Council) has signed a collaboration agreement with the UPC to create a Joint Innovation Center (CIC-TIC) at inLab FIB UPC. The aim of the Center is to identify opportunities for innovation in information technologies for governments, particularly in the areas of mobile applications, geoservices, smart cities, collaborative internet, citizen services, and big data analysis. There will be a particular focus on promoting the Barcelona School of Informatics’ inLab Talent Program.

 
 

NEW APPLICATIONS FOR HEMP FIBER

On 3 April, as part of Investor’s Day UPC 2014, a project for a technology-based company called CATCA was presented. CATCA emerged from the Innotex Center/Intexter, in collaboration with the UPC’s Department of Agri-Food Engineering and Biotechnology, to market the results of research into hemp. The aim of CATCA is to develop technological hemp, which is not psychoactive, and market it to small designers who are committed to new, high quality organic materials for the textile sector, and to the big manufacturers.
Hemp is a very strong material that grows with little water and does not need pesticides, making it a sustainable, organic crop. When newly developed technologies are applied, it becomes a fiber that can be used to obtain new textiles that are very soft and suitable for manufacturing clothes.

 
 
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TECHealth WORKSHOP UPC: LEADING UPC TECHNOLOGIES AND THE MOST ADVANCED MEDICAL SOLUTIONS AT THE MIHealth Forum 2014

On 22 May, the TECHealth Workshop on leading UPC technologies and the most advanced medical solutions will take place as part of the Barcelona MIHealth Forum 2014, in which CIT UPC is a part of the MIHealth Community. CIT UPC will present 11 innovative, high-impact medical technologies and solutions that are ready to be marketed and implemented by companies. All of them have been developed by UPC centers that are CIT members and are at the forefront of research and technology transfer. The presentations are based on four thematic tracks: biomaterials and biomechanics, mobile Health, technologies for diagnosis and treatment, and serious games. Registration in advance is free.

 
 

PROGRESS IN THE INTERREGIONAL METAL-INNOVA PROJECT

On 3 and 4 April, new working sessions were held for the Metal-innova project. At these sessions, members decided on a method for technological vigilance, specific training, and the technologies and services to offer to companies interested in carrying out innovative projects in the metal sector and in setting up cooperative projects with other companies in the SUDOE area (Spain, France and Portugal).

 
 
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PhD. RODRÍGUEZ FONOLLOSA RECEIVES AN AWARD FROM GENERAL ELECTRIC

José Adrián Rodríguez Fonollosa, from the Center for Language and Speech Technologies and Applications (TALP UPC) has received first prize in the competition 'Flight Quest 2', worth 100,000 USD. The competition was organized by General Electric, in collaboration with Kaggle and Alaska Airlines, to find innovative solutions to increase aviation efficiency. The winning flight system model is up to 12% more efficient in comparisons with real flight data, as it reduces delays and increases overal efficiency.  It would bring about savings of around 3 billion euros for the industry, and was developed using algorithms and similar tools to those used in speech and voice recognition.

 
 
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THE GOVERNMENT OF CATALONIA’S INDUSTRIAL DOCTORATE PROGRAM

On 14 April, the campaign began for business-university proposals for the 2014 call for the Industrial Doctorate Program. Up-to-date information and application forms are available at this website, which will also provide information about projects when they enter into the stage of searching for candidates.
If you are interested in participating in the program as a company and/or a UPC research group, the CIT UPC team is available to help you with the process.

 
 

NEW RESEARCH GROUPS RECOGNIZED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF CATALONIA

AGAUR, the Government of Catalonia’s agency for the administration of university and research grants, has recently announced the groups that have been recognized by the Government for the 2014-2016 period. New UPC groups that are CIT member centers have been positively evaluated in the first stage. Click here for further information.

 
 

DURAN FARELL AWARD

The UPC Board of Trustees, with the collaboration of Gas Natural Fenosa, has announced the ninth edition of the Duran Farell Award for Technological Research.  The aim of the award, which is given every two years and is worth 30,000 euros, is to promote research excellence by recognizing the quality of a technological research project carried out in the last three years. The deadline for submitting entries is 16 May.
 

 
 
     
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MANAGEMENT OF TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN MECCA

PhD. Jaume Barceló, a researcher at the InLabFIB UPC center, advised on the development of a transport master plan to efficiently organize and manage the simultaneous movement of 60,000 vehicles (and 2,500,000 people on transport or foot) at sunset between the places of Arafat and Muzdalifah in Saudi Arabia, which are separated by 12 km. The journey is a key part of the annual pilgrimage of Muslims to Mecca. The project was based on the use of the Aimsun transport simulator, which was developed under PhD Barceló’s direction at the UPC’s Operations Research and Simulation Laboratory (LIOS).
 

 
 
 


 
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