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 Newsletter CIT UPC nº35 March 2015  
 
Centros Miembros CIT UPC
 

DESIGN METHOD FOR POWER PLANT CONTROL SYSTEMS

CITCEA UPC has developed a design method for Power Plant Control (PPC) systems, which has been implemented and validated by GreenPowerMonitor; a company specialized in the development and launch of monitoring and control systems for large photovoltaic power plants. The PPC system is software that enables renewable power plants, which generate variable energy depending on the amount of sun or wind, to be placed on an equal footing with conventional power stations, which generate energy more constantly. The system ensures compliance with the most demanding grid codes, which establish the actions that large renewable power plants should undertake to support the network and stabilize the system. Therefore, the electricity system, working as a smart grid, can ensure the correct supply of energy to the end user: a quality supply with a higher proportion of renewable energies in the overall energy mix due to their better integration into the system.

Currently, the PCC control system developed by CITCEA UPC is running in GreenPowerMonitor plants in the United States, South Africa and Romania.

 
 

TECHNOLOGY TO ANTICIPATE FASHION TRENDS

Innotex Center chaired the first meeting of the SOMATCH European project, which it coordinates. The aim of the project is to increase the competitiveness of SMEs in the textile and garment industry, by obtaining reliable, in-depth data on fashion trends. To achieve this, the project will develop an innovative tool to view large amounts of data obtained from image analysis technologies, and to predict fashion trends from users’ posts on social networks. This information will help textile and garment manufacturers to increase the speed of their reaction and adaptation to market dynamics. The consortium includes 7 other European partners, including Sparsity, a UPC spin-off that has developed its own technology in collaboration with DAMA UPC, and has a budget of 1.2 million euros.

 
 

RENEWAL OF THE GIRBAU CHAIR

The UPC and the Girbau Group have renewed for a further three years the Girbau Group Chair at the UPC for research and innovation in industrial laundry technology. The Chair was created in February 2012 to promote research, innovation, technology transfer and training activities. The priority is to protect the environment and promote sustainable technology. The Girbau Group Chair is led by PhD. Carles Riba, the director of the Center for Industrial Equipment Design (CDEI UPC).

 
 

SIXTH NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF LEGIONELLA AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

On 11–12 February, the "Sixth National Congress of Legionella and Environmental Quality" was held in Terrassa. The congress is organized by CRESCA UPC and is a space for debate that covers current legislation, existing detection methods (both traditional and new) and treatment, with an emphasis on prevention, training and protection. There were two parts to the Congress: the first dealt with legionella, specifically government legislation and management, analysis and diagnosis, and treatment of installations; the second was on environmental quality and covered legislation, safety and water, and new trends. The Congress was attended by over 160 people from all around Spain.

 
 
Activitats CIT UPC
 

CIT UPC AT CEBIT 2015

The UPC, through CIT UPC, had a stand at the CeBIT 2015 fair, a leading event in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. The fair was held in Hannover on 16–20 March. The UPC Technology Center presented leading technologies in the ICT field, including new data mining techniques that make information available to editors, a business intelligence application, media monitoring, and software that analyses the life cycle in a building, from its construction to its deconstruction, taking into account construction materials, design, orientation and the energy consumption of buildings and their compliance with European law.

 
 

LA UPC AT THE 4YFN FAIR IN BARCELONA

The UPC took part in the international meeting 4 Years From Now (4YFN) in Barcelona, which was held on 2–5 March, and was promoted by the Mobile World Capital Barcelona (MWCB), at the same time as the Mobile World Congress (MWC). On a stand located in the Catalonia-Barcelona pavilion, within the Montjuïc exhibition centre, the UPC presented its technological innovations in mobile communications, in the areas of 4G telephone systems, software radio, mobile operating systems, MPLS & ETHERNET, NFC, optical technology, human computer interfacing, WiFi, M2M technology and cloud computing, among others. The UPC participated through CIT UPC, the Innovation Management Service -SIG- (with the Patent and Licencing Office) and Parc UPC.

 
 
 

CIT UPC IN THE MOTORCYCLE CLUSTER

The CIT UPC Technology Center, through the Motion Control and Industrial Applications Centre (MCIA UPC) has formally joined the “Clúster para el avance de la Tecnología de la Moto” (Cluster for Advanced Motorcycle Technology). The Cluster is comprised of 53 Spanish manufacturers of motorcycles, motorcycle components or service providers. The aim is to make innovation the main competitive advantage of companies in the sector.

 
 
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NEXT COURSES 2015

 
 
 
Investigadors CIT UPC
 

TECHNOLOGY TO SEE THE FUTURE

The role of a university such as the Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), the definition of its key activity, and the part it plays in the area of innovation are illustrated by a headline that appeared in newspapers a few days ago: “The UPC leads Spanish universities in the ranking for knowledge transfer“. [...] +Read more.
 

 
 
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THE UPC: LEADING UNIVERSITY IN TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER IN SPAIN

In the 2015 edition of U-Ranking for the Spanish university system, which was published on 16 March, the UPC was ranked top university in Spain in technology transfer and second university in research productivity. The U-Ranking is calculated by the BBVA Foundation and the Valencian Institute of Economic Research (Ivie) and covers 48 public universities in Spain, and, for the first time, 11 of the 33 private universities in the system.
 

 
 

NEW CALL FOR INDUSTRIAL DOCTORATES 2015

On 23 March, a new call for applications, Industrial Doctorates 2015, was announced. This programme is promoted by the Government of Catalonia, to foster the development of strategic research projects in a company, where the doctoral student will undertake their research training in collaboration with the university, leading to the preparation of a doctoral thesis. On this occasion, the programme will support 75 new industrial doctoral projects. Decisions will be announced in four sessions, and the call for applications will be open until 4 December. Further information.

 

 
 
     
Agenda CIT UPC
 

II WORKSHOP ON R&D MANAGEMENT

CIT UPC jointly organizes this workshop, to discuss all key aspects of research leadership and management and a project’s life cycle. Further information.

 
 

UPC PRIZE FOR RESEARCH VALORIZATION

The aim of the UPC Prize for Research Valorization, which is organized by the UPC’s Board of Trustees, is to recognise the work of UPC research groups through the valorization of different aspects of research: Prize for the best technology transfer project of UPC research groups, Prize for the best patent for the market, and Prize for the best technology-based company or spin-off.  

 
 

            

 
 

            

 
 
Agenda CIT UPC
 

PIONEERING PORTAL ON THE REAL-TIME EFFECTS OF RAIN

The Center of Applied Research in Hydrometeorology (CRAHI UPC), in collaboration with the Catalan Water Agency (ACA) and the Catalan Meteorological Service (SMC), helped to create a pioneering portal in Europe, 'L'aigua en temps real' (Water in real time). The portal provides information on recorded rainfall and the effects on the flow of Catalan rivers in real time. This is achieved by cross-checking data from 165 automatic rainfall stations installed throughout the territory and four weather radars, and using a set of algorithms developed by CRAHI UPC, to correct and improve the radar images.
 

 
 
 


 
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