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Newsletter CIT UPC nº49 June - July 2016
Centros Miembros CIT UPC

ASSESSMENT OF THE DESIGN OF COOLING TOWERS

On behalf of Districlima, the Centre for Industrial Diagnostics and Fluid Dynamics (CDIF UPC) has assessed potential configurations of cooling towers for installation at its Tànger Energy Production Plant, in the heart of the 22@ technology district of Barcelona. This is the second of the Districlima energy production plants, and was designed to meet peaks in demand in the network that are not covered by the Forum plant. Using computational fluid dynamics (CFD), CDIF UPC evaluated aspects of the configuration and operation of the towers, including the total capacity of thermal dissipation in their final position on the roof of the building. In addition, CDIF UPC studied the effect of extraction of ventilation air from the Tànger plant on the operation of the cooling towers. Likewise, the interaction of the plume of hot, humid air from the towers on neighbouring buildings was assessed. It was found that the plume generated by the chosen configuration did not present a risk of interaction with the adjacent buildings; in other words, there were no problems of condensation on façades or thermal comfort issues for its occupants.

ANYWHERE PROJECT: A RESPONSE TO EXTREME METEOROLOGICAL AND CLIMATE EVENTS

The kick-off meeting of the European project ANYWHERE (Enhancing Emergency Management and Response to Extreme Weather and Climate Events) was held on 7 to 10 June. ANYWHERE is led by the Center of Applied Research on Hydrometeorology (CRAHI UPC) and its aim is to create a tool for institutions that can improve the management and response to extreme weather and climate events. The project focuses on the potential of current technologies to anticipate risks associated with the natural disasters produced by such events (floods, storm surges, heat waves, wild fires and droughts, among others), and to help manage the response to emergencies in a way that ensures the protection and safety of people and goods. Among other areas, the project investigates the prediction of risks associated with weather and climate events and the management of emergency operations, in which prevention and the implementation of effective responses are prioritised.

The budget for the project is 14.6 million euros and 30 other partners are involved in addition to CRAHI UPC.

SEER UPC JOINS THE DERlab NETWORK

The Center for Renewable Electrical Energy Systems (SEER UPC) has joined the DERlab network; an association of the main laboratories and research institutes in the field of distributed generation systems.

DERlab analyses and promotes a series of requirements and quality criteria for the connection and operation of distributed energy resources (DER). In this framework, DERlab supports the development of DER-based technologies. It also provides analysis and consultancy services for distributed generation systems, to support the transition to a more decentralised energy system.

The network includes centres such as Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Germany), NREL (United States), DNV-GL (Norway), KU Leuven (Belgium), AIT (Austria), INESC TEC (Portugal) and DTU (Denmark).

Activitats CIT UPC

BUSINESS MISSION TO CHILE

On 13 to 18 June, CIT UPC participated in a business mission to Santiago de Chile organized by ACCIÓ, focused on the innovative areas of smart cities and agro-industry. The Data Management Group (DAMA UPC) was there to present its technological capabilities related to smart cities, as part of an intensive session of B2B Networking with Chilean companies. In addition, Dr. Josep Lluís Larriba, director of DAMA UPC, took part as a speaker in a workshop on “Smart and interactive mobility management without the need for specific hardware /Cigo” as part of the ‘Creo en Chilefair.

This activity is part of a pilot test that was started in January, in which ACCIÓ’s objective was to support the marketing of technological capabilities of of accredited TECNIO centres.

CIT UPC TAKES PART IN FEDIT'S GENERAL ASSEMBLY

UPC Technology Center attended the XLII General Assembly of the Spanish Federation of Technological Centres of Spain (Fedit), held on 29 June in Madrid. At the meeting were presented the activities being carried out by the federation this year and the budget implementation in 2016.

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Investigadors CIT UPC

CARNET: MOBILITY AT THE SERVICE OF CITIES AND CITIZENS

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Investigadors CIT UPC

THE UPC, TOP SPANISH UNIVERSITY AND AMONG THE TOP 100 IN THE WORLD IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS, ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) is the leader in Spain in Telecommunications, Electrical and Electronic Engineering; a field in which it is also ranked 21st in Europe and among the top one hundred in the world, according to Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, which ranks the best institutions in the world in seven academic disciplines of engineering. The UPC also leads technical universities in Spain in Environmental Science and Engineering, and in Materials Science and Engineering, and shares the first position in Energy Science and Engineering and with the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV).

NEW TECNIOspring PLUS CALL

The TECNIOspring PLUS call has been presented. TECNIOspring is an ACCIÓ programme that, through the mobility of experienced research staff, promotes the incorporation of talented people into Catalan companies and TECNIO agents. TECNIOspring PLUS provides grants to hire research staff for two years, to work on applied research projects focused on technology transfer.

With a budget of 10.04 million euros, and jointly funded by H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions of the European Union, TECNIOspring PLUS plans to award 72 grants for the 2016-2021 period. The first call for grant applications will open in October 2016.

BAROMETER OF INNOVATION IN CATALONIA

The Barometer of Innovation, created by ACCIÓ, collects statistical data on R+D and innovation activities developed by Catalan companies in 2015. The main conclusions include an increase in R+D activity (particularly in the industrial sector) and resources for innovation, an increasing presence of big data in innovation, and a predicted increase in revenue, productivity and employment in 2016 in innovative companies.

Agenda CIT UPC

Agenda CIT UPC

STUDY OF THE ACOUSTIC IMPACT OF THE B-23 DUAL CARRIAGEWAY

In 2008, the Laboratory of Acoustics and Mechanical Engineering (LEAM UPC) carried out for Esplugues de Llobregat City Hall a study on the acoustic impact of the B-23 dual carriageway as it passes through the city, with the aim of reducing the noise that is produced by this road.



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