The CSIC celebrates the European Union Sustainable Energy Week

From 22 to 26 June, the CSIC organises a range of different events to celebrate the European Union Sustainable Energy Week.

The CSIC participates in more than 40 European and international projects on sustainable energy

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Madrid, Wednesday 24 June 2020

Some of the projects seek to develop rechargeable calcium-based batteries, capture CO2 or create 3D energy collectors capable of converting light into electrical current. 

The research is funded by programs of the European Union, which celebrates the  Sustainable Energy Week from June 22 to 26

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) currently participates in more than 40 international investigations in the field of sustainable energy. Projects ranging from the development of rechargeable calcium-based batteries, to CO2 capture systems, through waste management or the use of 3D nanoarchitectures capable of converting light into electrical current. These projects funded by the European Union programmes, which this week, between June 22 and 26, celebrates the European Union Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), organized by the European Commission. It is the largest annual event dedicated to renewable energy and the efficient use of energy in Europe. This edition, which will be digital for the first time, has the motto Beyond the crisis: clean energy for recovery and ecological growth.

As part of this celebration, on June 25, the CSIC organizes the Roundtable on Accessible, Clean and Sustainable Energy for the Future: connecting the SDGs and the European Green Pact. The event, moderated by the CSIC vice president of International Relations, Elena Domínguez, will include researchers Rosa Palacín, from the Barcelona Institute of Materials Science (ICMAB-CSIC); Mª Cruz Alonso, from the Eduardo Torroja Institute of Construction Sciences (IETCC-CSIC); Pablo del Río, from the Institute of Policies and Public Goods (IPP-CSIC), and Fernando Fermoso, from the Institute of Fat (IG-CSIC).

Three projects lead by the CSIC

Three of these projects are coordinated by the CSIC: Carbat, eCOCO2 and M2EX. Carbat, a project led by researcher Rosa Palacín, from ICMAB-CSIC, proposes that rechargeable calcium-based batteries be a future and emerging technology that helps solve challenges such as pollution, dependence on oil and climate change.


Using the CO2 from industrial sources as an energy alternative to meet world demand is the challenge posed by eCOCO2, a project coordinated by José Manuel Serra, scientist at the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ-CSIC). They are developing a technology to convert carbon dioxide into transport fuel for direct use in aircraft engines, without the need for transformation, using only renewable electricity and water vapor. This method offers greater efficiency, in addition to achieving a high rate of CO2 compression and a low production cost.

Another challenge is applying the chemical, molecular, and biogeochemical mechanisms of microbe-mediated processes to metal management. This is the objective of M2EX, whose coordinator is Fernando González, from IG-CSIC. Focused on the field of anaerobic processes, the reduction and reuse of waste, as well as the recovery of resources, the project aims to advance the development of the circular economy in the environment of the European Union.

Transforming light into electric current

In addition, the CSIC has been funded with more than one million euros in three other projects. Developing systems capable of capturing residual energy in the environment to respond to the energy needs of the multitude of electronic devices that the population uses, (75,000 million worldwide estimated in 2025). This is what Ana Isabel Borrás scientist at Institute of Materials Science of Seville (ICM-CSIC) pursues in her project 3DScavengers. This project aims to develop a new generation of residual energy collectors based on new 3D nano-architectures, capable of converting light, movement and temperature changes into electrical current, and manufacturing them using low-cost methodologies that are easy to scale to industry.

For his part, the researcher Mariano Campoy participates, together with his ICMAB-CSIC team, in Foremat, a project that proposes a technology to reduce device evaluation times in the field of development of high-performance multicomponent organic energy materials. These materials improve the cost, efficiency, and stability of organic energy devices.

And the C4U project, in which Juan Carlos Abanades, from the Carbon Institute (INCAR-CSIC), is participating is an interdisciplinary research aimed at addressing all the elements necessary for the integration of CO2 capture in the steel industry, as part of the carbon capture, storage and use technology chain (CCUS).


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