Ongoing projects

MUSTEC

MARKET UPTAKE OF SOLAR THERMAL ELECTRICITY THROUGH COOPERATION 

MUSTEC aims to explore and propose concrete solutions to overcome the various factors that hinder the deployment of concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in Southern Europe capable of supplying renewable electricity on demand to Central and Northern European countries. To do so, the project will analyze the drivers and barriers to CSP deployment and renewable energy (RE) cooperation in Europe, identify future CSP cooperation opportunities and will propose a set of concrete measures to unlock the existing potential. To achieve these objectives, MUSTEC will build on the experience and knowledge generated around the cooperation mechanisms and CSP industry developments building on concrete CSP case studies. Thereby we will consider the present and future European energy market design and policies as well as the value of CSP at electricity markets and related economic and environmental benefits. In this respect, MUSTEC combines a dedicated, comprehensive and multi-disciplinary analysis of past, present and future CSP cooperation opportunities with a constant engagement and consultation with policy makers and market participants. This will be achieved through an intense and continuous stakeholder dialogue and by establishing a tailor-made knowledge sharing Network. The MUSTEC consortium consists of nine renowned institutions from six European countries and includes many of the most prolific researchers in the European energy policy community, with very long track records of research in European and nationally funded energy policy research projects.

MUSTEC project is H2020 project, coordinated by CIEMAT, will officially start the 1st of October of 2017.

ClimACT

ACTING FOR THE TRANSITION TO A LOW CARBON ECONOMY IN SCHOOLS. DEVELOPMENT OF SUPPORT TOOLS 

ClimACT project aims to support the transition to a low carbon economy in schools and has four main lines of action:

  • Develop decision support tools that will assess and identify sustainable solutions for schools, based on intelligent resource management, renewable energy and behavior change
  • Generate new business models and new management strategies for schools
  • Create educational tools to raise awareness in low-carbon, assisted by information and communication technologies
  • Establish a thematic network in the SUDOE region, driven by a Living Lab methodology, which will raise awareness and training and will foster a communication framework between end-users and stakeholders

ClimACT project, coordinated by IST (Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa), is currently being drawn up under the priority axis ``Low Carbon Economy`` from Interreg SUDOE program.

ClimACT Web Site

E-LIG-E

NUEVO CONCEPTO DE GENERACIÓN PORTÁTIL DE ENERGÍA BASADO EN HIDRÓGENO Y PILA DE COMBUSTIBLE ULTRALIGERA Y DE ALTA DENSIDAD DE POTENCIA 

E-LIG-E aims to demonstrate the use of a portable fuel cell in the range of 1W to 100W of power based on stored hydrogen. The activities will include the development of a high-density, ultra-lightweight polymer cell (PEM type) with a new concept in electrode design. It will also be integrated in a portable application that will serve as demonstrator of the operation of the battery.

A full Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and a socio-economic impact assessment will be carried out, which will allow to know the viability of the initial manufacturing and commercialization within the framework of competition with technologies currently available for portable electricity production.

The project is being funded by the Spanish R+I program and is coordinated by the Fuel Cells Unit of CIEMAT. The ASE Unit of CIEMAT is responsible for the LCA and socioeconomic impact assessment.

E-LIG-E Web Site 

PUBLENEF

Supporting PUBLic Authorities for Implementing ENergy EFficiency Policies (2016-2019)Horizon 2020 

The overall objective of PUBLENEF is to assist Member States (MS) in implementing effective and efficient sustainable energy policies (with the focus on energy efficiency (EE)) and empower them to make use of the best practices and policy processes implemented in other MS at the national, regional and/or local level. The objectives of PUBLENEF are divided into specific ones (that will be achieved during the action and their impacts can be monitored within the project) and strategic ones that aim to achieve longer run sustainable energy/energy efficiency goals with capacity building.

PUBLENEF Web Site

REPARA 2.0

Advanced and Sustainable Developments for Efficient Road Pavement Rehabilitation Techniques (2015-2018), funded by the program CIEN of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness  

Repara 2.0 project is aimed to develop new technologies and methodologies to support roads asset management making feasible the preservation and maintenance of any type of road pavements with a lower economic and environmental impact, improving their resilience to climate change. CIEMAT will cooperate with the company SOLID FOREST in the evaluation of the environmental consequences of the implementation of these new technologies using Life Cycle Assessment methodology. 

REPARA 2.0 Web Site

BIOSOL

Development and demonstration of a hybrid CSP-biomass gasification boiler system (2015-2018), collaborative project including EU and MENA region countries funded by the ERA-NET MET program. 

The aim of the project is to develop and demonstrate a new solar - biomass hybridization solution. A biomass gasification boiler will be developed and integrated in a CSP prototype. The role of ASE unit of CIEMAT in this project is the estimation of the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of the studied prototype.  

BIOSOL Web Site

BIOROLSOS

Design and optimization of a sustainable biorefinery based on residues from olive crop and oil industry: technoeconomic and environmental analysis (2015-2018), funded by the Spanish National R+D +i

The project considers the integration of all residues generated around olive tree crop and oil industry in a flexible and multi-product biorefinery, with bioethanol as main product. This approach would allow improving residues management, reducing environmental impact and contributing to the economic viability of bioethanol production process.

The ASE Unit of CIEMAT will perform the sustainability analysis of the use of olive residues as feedstocks for bioethanol and bioproducts using life cycle analysis (LCA) methodology. It will contribute to design the multi-product biorefinery taking into account both environmental and economic criteria and contribute to the challenge of providing clean (low carbon), safe (native and renewable as alternative to fossil fuels) and efficient (in the use of resources and conversion processes) energy sources. 

ALUR-I

Carbon footprint assessment and socioeconomic impact analysis of the production of bioethanol from sugar cane in Uruguay, 2015

The objective of this work is to perform a Life Cycle Assessment of the bioethanol production chain in Uruguay with an special focus on GHG emissions and energy consumption. Additionally an estimation of the socioeconomic impacts associated in terms of job creation and effects on the overall economy has been also performed. The analysis is based in the production processes of the bioethanol plant of Bella Union property of the company Alcoholes del Uruguay (ALUR)

ALUR-II

Carbon footprint assessment and socioeconomic impact analysis of the production of biodiesel and bioethanol from cereals in Uruguay (2015-2017)

The objective of this work is to perform a Life Cycle Assessment of the biodiesel production from oil seeds and fats and used oils as well as bioethanol production from cereals in Uruguay with an special focus on GHG emissions and energy consumption. Additionally an estimation of the socioeconomic impacts associated in terms of job creation and effects on the overall economy has been also performed. In this project, preliminary estimations of the externalities associated to the environmental and socioeconomic benefits will also be performed.

The analysis is based in the production processes of the biodiesel and bioethanol plants property of the company Alcoholes del Uruguay (ALUR)

Water-Energy-Land Nexus

Scientific advice in the research work "Characterisation of the Water-Energy-Land nexus in Spain and Europe"commissioned by Fundación Canal. 

The objective of this work is to characterize the WEL nexus in Spain and Europe with a special focus on the energy and agricultural sector in Spain. CIEMAT will perform an assessment of the environmental implications of the energy production in Spain considering different energy scenarios of the evolution of the energy sector until 2030. Additionally, and in cooperation with the Polytechnic University of Madrid, an assessment of the environmental implications of agricultural sector in Spain will also be performed. 

EERA e3s

Economic, environmental and social impacts of energy policies and technologies (e3s). European Energy Research Alliance.

Europe has adopted more ambitious energy policy objectives to achieve a low carbon scenario by 2050. The changes in energy policy reflect a re-orientation away from specific technological solutions and markets towards system transformation. This reorientation recognises that technological solutions alone are likely to be insufficient to address the grand challenges in energy and that enhanced policy advice is necessary to understand the complex interaction of a variety of socio-technical elements, such as consumer behaviour and acceptance, markets and technologies.

CAPTure

Competitive SolAr Power Towers-HORIZON 2020

The main objective of this project is to significantly reduce costs of concentrated solar power, in order to pave the way for its deserved competitiveness on the power market.The global objective of this project is to increase plant efficiencies and reduce levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) by developing all relevant components that allow implementing an innovative plant configuration. This plant configuration is based on a multi-tower decoupled advanced solar combined cycle approach that not only increases cycle efficiencies but also avoids frequent transients and inefficient partial loads, thus maximizing overall efficiency, reliability as well as dispatchability, all of which are important factors directly related to cost competitiveness on the power market. The ESA Unit of CIEMAT performs the Environmental and socio-economic assessment in WP9.

CAPTure Web Site

EERA Bioenergy

European Energy Research Alliance. EERA Bioenergy Web Page

The overall objective of EERA Bioenergy is to:

  • Align pre-competitive research activities at EERA member institutes to give a scientific basis to continue developing next generation biofuels
  • Explore the possibilities for joint technology development

LIFE+RESPIRA

EU LIFE Programme. LIFE+RESPIRA Web Page

Life+Respira is a project aimed at showing that through the use of new technologies, along with urban planning and management, like promoting sustainable mobility and bicycle use, it is possible to improve air quality and reduce air pollution.

The project has the added benefits included in socially implying members of the community; some of the actions will be based on the help provided by a team of volunteer cyclists. This way citizens will become the driving force and main beneficiaries of the results.

All the steps proposed in the project are directly related to the improvement of air quality, urban environment and health.

REELCOOP

REnewable ELectricity COOPeration. EU/FP7 project. (2013-2017) REELCOOP Web Page

To develop renewable electricity generation technologies and promoting cooperation between EU Partner Countries and Mediterranean Partner Countries.

The project aims at develop, construct, test and demonstrate 3 different renewable electricity systems: a building integrated PV system (ventilated façade), a hybrid (solar/biomass) micro-cogeneration ORC system, and a hybrid concentrating solar / biomass mini-power plant.

SES 2017

Socio Economic Studies. Power Plant Physics & Technology projects. EUROfusion (2014-2017). SES Web Page

In order to get deeper knowledge on how this new form of energy generation can be integrated in society, Socio-Economic Research on Fusion has been performed since 1996 (SERF) , in which the expertise of researchers in the physical sciences, engineering and economic, social and environmental sciences is brought together.

The economic part of the studies aim at analysing energy systems, energy markets and technology, studying the dynamics of technological development, and its implications for fusion (dependence of production costs on plant engineering, learning and experience, internalisation of externalities, development of the demands, regulations and policies), and preparing, possibly together with stakeholders of other energy options, fusion relevant sustainable energy scenarios with models that incorporate the 4 E's: economy, engineering, energy, and environment.