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CIEMAT

Street
AVDA. COMPLUTENSE 40
ZIP Code
28040
City
MADRID
Country
Spain


Company Profile:
CIEMAT is a public research entity of excellence in the fields of energy and environment. CIEMAT´s activity is structured in projects of technological magnitude that serve as a bridge between RD&I and social interest goals. It has a staff of over 1500 people, of which over 50% hold university degrees.
Since 1951, it has been carrying out research projects in the field of energy, with main lines of action in study, development, promotion and optimisation of various energy resources (renewables, fusion, fission and fossil fuels), the study of their impact on the environment, development of new technologies and areas of basic research such as high energy physics and molecular and cellular biology.
Profiltitel

IntiGIS. Application for rural electrification with renewable energy

What we offer:
Renewable energy sources are increasingly being considered as feasible and competitive alternatives in the provision of electricity to isolated rural communities. Electrification planning process must consider the geographical characteristics of the renewable energy sources as well as the social and economical particularities of the target communities, contributing to the long and stable operation of the chosen technologies. GIS are able to manage all the data needed in the decision making process, providing means to compare costs of alternative technologies, based on renewable and non-renewable energy sources. IntiGIS© 1.0 is an application developed by gTIGER-CIEMAT, that provide analytical tools for achieve a better integration of renewable energies in rural electrification.

What we are looking for:
We are seeking partners for research projects collaboration.
We offer knowledge and training on intiGIS software for integration of renewable energies in rural electrification.

Collaboration sought:
  • Technical cooperation


Responsible

Mr FRANCISCO JAVIER DOMÍNGUEZ

Researcher
Profiltitel

Antireflective Coating for Glass

What we offer:
A patented method is used to produce porous silica antireflective coatings for glass, in order to increase solar or visible transmittance. Solar transmittance of borosilicate glass is increased from 0,915 to 0,965 with a single coating. Coatings are produced by sol-gel deposition technique, using dip coating deposition procedure. Solutions are optimized to use high deposition rates (50 cm/min) and substrates must be thermally cured at temperatures ranging from 450 to 530ºC.

Precursor solution is prepared by polymeric sol-gel route, instead colloidal route, and allows better mechanical properties of the films. Porosity of the polymeric film is produced by a special additive that allows tailoring porosity to each substrate and each application.

After thermal treatment, samples are introduced 15 minutes in a solution, at ambient temperature, to increase hydrophobic behaviour that improves outdoor durability, reduced soiling and allows an easier cleaning.

Mechanical properties are quite good and, after four years in outdoor exposition, transmittance remains unchanged. Different weathering treatments have been performed with temperature, condensation and UV radiation, without any change in optical properties.

Main applications of these films are glass covers of flat collectors, glass tube for CSP receivers and vacuum tubes for solar heating.

What we are looking for:
We are interested in licensing patent.

Collaboration sought:
  • Commercial cooperation


Responsible

Ms MARÍA GEMA SAN VICENTE

Researcher
Profiltitel

Selective absorbers for Solar Applications

What we offer:
A patented method is used to produce selective absorbers for solar applications with sol-gel dip coating method. High temperature, air stable at 500ºC, selective absorbers are produced with a solar absorptance of 0,96 and a thermal emittance of 0,087 at 400ºC and 0,11 at 500ºC. Thermal stability of selective absorbers deposited on 304 stainless steel has been studied in air, at 500ºC, during six months without any change in optical properties.

High temperature selective absorber can be deposited over any austenitic stainless steel and is composed of six different layers. Infrared reflector, employed to assure high stability at 500ºC in air, is platinum with a minimum thickness (40 nm) to control absorber cost.

This deposition method allows tailoring optical properties of the absorber and it is possible to reduce thermal emittance with a small solar absorptance penalty.

Main application of this absorber is CSP receiver production.

Medium temperature (<350ºC) solar selective absorbers can be produced, on aluminium sheets for flat collectors or tubes for CSP industrial heating systems. Aluminium substrate is used as infrared reflector and the absorber has three layers on top. Solar absorptance is closed to 0,95 with a thermal emittance lower than 0,05 at 300ºC.

In order to evaluate the durability of these absorbers the test procedure developed by the IEA within the “Solar Heating and Cooling Program Task X” for low-temperature absorbers, was applied with excellent results, with a performance criteria (PC) of 0,003.

What we are looking for:
We are interested in licensing the patent.

Collaboration sought:
  • Commercial cooperation


Responsible

Mr ÁNGEL MORALES

Researcher
Profiltitel

Ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass

What we offer:
We have developed an improved procedure for obtaining ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass by means of a hydrothermal autohydrolysis pre-treatment followed by a simultaneous hydrolysis (using commercial enzymes) and fermentation with a new thermotolerant yeast. The advantages of this technology are:

1. Biomass particle size required (15-30 mm) is larger than those used in other reactor design.
2. Only water is used as a catalyst in the pre-treatment step.
3. Simultaneous hydrolysis and fermentation step is carried out a 42ºC, closer to optimum temperature for cellulose enzymatic hydrolysis than those used in conventional process using Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

What we are looking for:
We are interested in licensing this patent.

Collaboration sought:
  • Commercial cooperation


Responsible

Mr IGNACIO BALLESTEROS

Researcher

Mr JOSÉ MIGUEL OLIVA

Researcher
Profiltitel

Phenolic compounds from biomass

What we offer:
We have developed a method of extracting phenolic compounds from a residual plant material using hydrothermal process. The inventive process comprises the following steps:

1. To put the material to be treated in contact with water in a reactor.
2. Heating the mixture between 180-240ºC at a pressure such that the water remains in the liquid phases.
3. Stirring the mixture between 4-30 minutes.
4. Cooling the reactor and recovering the liquid fractions which contains phenolic compounds.

What we are looking for:
We are interested in licensing this patent.

Collaboration sought:
  • Commercial cooperation


Responsible

Mr IGNACIO BALLESTEROS

Researcher

Mr JOSÉ MIGUEL OLIVA

Researcher
Profiltitel

Fuel Cells PEMFC

What we offer:
We offer collaborations for activities related with materials synthesis, components preparation and fuel cells development. Our activities include preparation of materials, fabrication of components for low temperature proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC), and fuel cell testing. More specifically:
MATERIALS
- Catalysts composed of platinum nanoparticles deposited on carbon (Pt/C) with variable platinum contents.
- Thin films of platinum, alloys (Pt3Co) and composites (Pt-WO3) prepared by electrodeposition on different substrate types, including carbon cloth and carbon black.
METHODS
- Electrospray deposition. A new technique for the preparation of thin films from powder suspensions, with fine tuning of properties (thickness, porosity, morphology). Demonstrated superior performance on electrodes for PEMFC.
- Electrochemical deposition. A technique for preparation of thin films of materials from raw, dissolved, components.
COMPONENTS
- PEMFC electrodes fabrication. Of different sizes and catalyst compositions.
TESTING
- Single PEMFC. Mounting and standard testing.
- Small PEMFC stacks.

What we are looking for:
We seek for companies interested in fuel cells of proton exchange membrane type.
Participation in FP7 and/or other EU projects.

Collaboration sought:
  • Technical cooperation
  • Commercial cooperation


Responsible

Mr ANTONIO MARTÍNEZ

Researcher
Profiltitel

Fuel Cells IS

What we offer:
Our group is working in design, construction and operation of hydrogen production systems by electrolysis using wind energy as energy source. Given the location of our installations, the installation of large power wind generators cannot be considered. A low power wind generator is available and a wind emulator has been developed to carry out a deep study of the system performance with different wind profiles. The energy management system will be developed for its precise operation and control. This hydrogen generation unit will then provide the fuel to the energy generation system proposed for development.
We are working also in development of hydrogen production systems from natural gas, biogas and other fuels. The ENERCAM and DIVERCEL Programs have allowed the development of a biogas reforming catalyst to obtain hydrogen, which is currently under patent process. At this moment our group is working to develop a generation unit –fuel processor- to obtain hydrogen with the required purity –CO free- to feed a fuel cell. This hydrogen generation unit will pursue two aims: firstly, it will be used to feed fuel to the energy generation systems; secondly, it could be used as a part of a power system integrating a fuel cell for stationary applications.
Development of uninterrupted power systems (UPS) based on fuel cell. We have developed a first prototype with a power of 500W and 2 hours autonomy. The practical and competitive application of such a system requires the optimization of the size and some of the components. It is intended to have a pre-commercial model.
Battery charger. It is a simple application, to generate some tens of watts to charger a battery of a portable device, without grid connection. The inrterest of this application is practical, given the increasing demand for this type of devices.
We are active in design of stationary power systems to study the impact of integration of a fuel cell in the efficiency of a system. The models take into account the energy requirements of a house.
Mobile applications, with low medium power requirements, design of control systems, and tests in real operation.

What we are looking for:
We are seeking partners in order to participate in projects and/or further develop the technology.

Collaboration sought:
  • Technical cooperation
  • Commercial cooperation


Responsible

Mr TOMÁS GONZÁLEZ

Researcher
Profiltitel

Fuel Cells SOFC

What we offer:
Our group has focused its activities in the development of electrodes (using techniques of characterization, catalysts, and electrochemical and conductivity measurements) to assembly components and cells, and then to evaluate their electrochemical performance.

Actually, the group is participating in projects focused on the development of anode materials for Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (IT-SOFC) that can used biogas as fuels and resistant to carbon deposition and tolerance to impurities as H2S . These anodes materials could reduce the fabrication cost that is still a key for their commercialization. It is remarkable to mention the energetic and environmental aspects of these studies. In view of current and foreseeable energy shortage and environmental scenario, biogas represents a renewable but largely under-exploited energy reserve often ignored because of the variable composition and often low level of methane that prevents its use in the conventional power system, but it is enough for SOFC system. It must be considered that the global warming potential of methane is 21 times superior to that of CO2, and venting these mixtures has a high environmental impact.

What we are looking for:
We are interested in collaboration with companies or research groups in the development of materials for Oxide Solid Fuel Cell (SOFC).
Participation in FP7 and/or other EU projects.

Collaboration sought:
  • Technical cooperation
  • Commercial cooperation


Responsible

Ms MARÍA ESCUDERO

Researcher
Profiltitel

Stand-alone Heliostat Field

What we offer:
CIEMAT scientists have made a new type of heliostat that is able to significantly diminish the costs of solar fieldinstallation in thermal power tower plants. this equipment, called the "stand-alone heliostat" is supplied by an autonomous renewable energy system and communicates with the solar plant control by a wireless radio system. This concept makes it possible to eliminate expensive external trenches in the solar field as well as wiring and electrical protection equipment.

What we are looking for:
We are interested in licensing this patent.

Collaboration sought:
  • Commercial cooperation


Responsible

Mr JUAN CARLOS BRAVO

Technology Transfer Office

Mr JUAN ANTONIO ESTEBAN

Technology Transfer Office
Profiltitel

TIMES-SPAIN. Spanish energy system

What we offer:
TIMES-Spain is a national energy optimisation model for the representation and modelling of the Spanish energy system at medium and long term. It contains an extensive set of technical, economic and environmental data for thousands of energy technologies of the residential, commercial, industry, transport, upstream and power generation sectors.

TIMES-Spain is the only model able to analyse the dynamics of the Spanish energy system considering the national, European and global commitments with regard to the Environment and energy security. Among other applications, the model builds and analyses scenarios with the main measures and objectives of the energy policy which may result in a series of recommendations for the policy makers and energy planners.

What we are looking for:
Participation in FP7 and/or other EU projects.

Collaboration sought:
  • Technical cooperation
  • Commercial cooperation


Responsible

Mr JUAN CARLOS BRAVO

Technology Transfer Office

Mr JUAN ANTONIO ESTEBAN

Technology Transfer Office
Profiltitel

Line-focus heliostat

What we offer:
Traditionally, the high temperatures demanded by thermodynamic cycles associated with tower or central receiver solar systems have justified the need to demand high-capacity concentration from the heliostat field or primary concentrator. The optical quality and aiming, along with an optimal distribution of heliostats in the field have been some of the classical milestones for optimizing the design of these systems for electricity production. The horizontally-mounted spherical heliostat has been the choice as part of the primary concentrator, for several decades, since pioneering plants such as Solar One and Solar Two in the US, to the latest generation PS10 or PS20 in Spain. However, it is amazing that many of the receivers tested, whether due to their large size or because of their need to avoid irradiance gradients on the surface, have generally required complicated aiming strategies, which basically mean heliostats pointing dispersion on the target area. That is: light is first concentrated and afterward un-concentrated due to receiver requirements. Both opposite operations require technical and economical effort, and it seems reasonable at least to think about it. This article proposes a prototype heliostat specially adapted to those receivers that demand special flux distributions usually reached by heliostats pointing dispersion. The heliostat proposed has cylindrical optics instead of spherical and its mount introduces design elements able to maintain the special direction of the irradiance distribution on the receiver surface sufficiently stable despite of the off-axis reflection. Smooth flux gradients and simple aiming strategies are basically the two benefits of its use, important elements for the peaceful daily operation of a solar power plant.

What we are looking for:
We are interested in licensing this patent.

Collaboration sought:
  • Technical cooperation
  • Commercial cooperation


Responsible

Mr JUAN CARLOS BRAVO

Technology Transfer Office

Mr JUAN ANTONIO ESTEBAN

Technology Transfer Office
Profiltitel

Hybrid Power System Balance Analyser

What we offer:
Hybrid Power System Balance Analyser (HySyS) is a software for simulation, sizing and long-term analysis of hybrid power systems with renewable energy:
• it simulates the behaviour of the different components (wind turbines, PV panels, batteries etc.) within the integrated system, giving as outcomes annual production, unserved loads, battery bank lifetime etc.;
• it is oriented to size the renewable solution based on a technical-economic analysis whose aim is to assess its feasibility when compared with other non-renewable ones;
• it is employed to analyse the long-term performance of the renewable solution, showing the evolution of respective costs during the project lifetime (say 20 years).

What we are looking for:
We are interested in software license agreement, collaborative research and development.
Participation in FP7 and/or other EU projects.

Collaboration sought:
  • Technical cooperation
  • Commercial cooperation
  • R&D cooperation


Responsible

Mr JUAN CARLOS BRAVO

Technology Transfer Office

Mr JUAN ANTONIO ESTEBAN

Technology Transfer Office
Profiltitel

Input-Output Life Cicle Assessment Tool

What we offer:
Input-output - Life Cycle Assessment Spain Tool (IO-LCA-Spain)
The IO-LCA-Spain is a tool that allows the calculation of environmental and socioeconomic impacts associated to the demand of good and services produced in Spain considering the whole life cycle from the extraction of raw materials up to the production processes. The tool allows the calculation of direct and indirect impacts related to energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, other pollutant emissions, employment generation and generation of economic activity.

Innovative aspects are related to the incorporation of environmental vectors to a conventional I-O matrix.
The equations of the IO-LCA Spain tool are common to other Input-Output analysis tools.
However the database of the tool is specific for the Spanish situation.

What we are looking for:
We are seeking partners for research projects collaborations.
Participation in FP7 and/or other Eu projects.

Collaboration sought:
  • Technical cooperation
  • Commercial cooperation


Responsible

Mr JUAN CARLOS BRAVO

Technology Transfer Office

Mr JUAN ANTONIO ESTEBAN

Technology Transfer Office
Profiltitel

Photocatalytic reactor for air treatment

What we offer:
Heterogeneous photocatalysis may be employed to both decontaminate and disinfect gas streams, indoor air and liquid effluents. This technology is based on irradiating the surface of a semiconductor in order to generate electron-hole pairs that promote oxidation-reduction reactions with contaminants adsorbed on the surface.
The group Environmental Applications of Solar Radiation in Air, belonging to PSA-CIEMAT (Madrid, Spain) offers a versatile photoreactor for the treatment of air or water. The use of both artificial and solar radiation allows continuous operation 24 hours a day. The reactor can be adapted to supported or suspended photocatalysts of multiple geometries and dimensions and to facilitate the irradiation of opaque materials as well.

What we are looking for:
CIEMAT looks for companies interested in its commercialization or employment.

Collaboration sought:
  • Commercial cooperation


Responsible

Mr BENIGNO SÁNCHEZ

Researcher
Profiltitel

Smart Grid Experimental Platform

What we offer:
CIEMAT has implemented an experimental platform of micronet and Smart Grid in Soria (CEDER), a research center with a series of features which are ideal for the project’s development.
Available technologies for renewable energy generation in CEDER comprise eolic, fotovoltaic, biomass and mini-hydraulic supply systems.

Collaboration sought:
  • Technical cooperation
  • Commercial cooperation
  • R&D cooperation


Responsible

Mr JUAN CARLOS BRAVO

Technology Transfer Office

Mr JUAN ANTONIO ESTEBAN

Technology Transfer Office
Profiltitel

Technology watch reports

What we offer:
CIEMAT developes technology watch and competitive intelligence reports and foresight studies in the area of energy an environment that can be used for decision making.

- Technology watch reports: this kind of reports will enable applicants to locate the research groups and the companies working in a sector (potential competitors), to detect the collaboration networks existing between them and to identify their lines of R&D&I. CIEMAT also carries out tecnology roadmaps, horizon scanning reports as well as preliminar patentability studies and patent intelligence reports.

- Foresight studies: this kind of works will enable applicants to identify trends, drivers and technological fields, competitive technologies and top topics in particular areas.

Collaboration sought:
  • Commercial cooperation


Responsible

Mr JUAN CARLOS BRAVO

Technology Transfer Office

Mr JUAN ANTONIO ESTEBAN

Technology Transfer Office
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