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July 04, 2019
New software to promote urban district heating and cooling networks
Thanks to its experience in the field of district heating and cooling, the Barcelona Synchrotron Park participated to the previous stress test phase of a new software officially launched last month that aims at identifying the most feasible, environmentally and economically desirable options for urban heating and cooling networks
 
This free, user-friendly, state-of-the-art energy system mapping and modelling online software is tailored to support local authorities and key local energy planners to find the best network solutions, and which buildings to serve, out of hundreds of possible heating and cooling network options.
 
The open-source software has been developed by the EU-funded research project THERMOS and is tailored to meet cities’ key conditions and case-specific requirements.

The Barcelona Synchrotron Park will now use the software in order to identify the potential options to extend the network already operative in the business area to the future neighbouring area.

Step-by-step demonstration video here
Contact in the Barcelona Synchrotron Park: Carlos Dapena
 
June 07, 2019
Biodiversity in danger: Barcelona Synchrotron Park’s actions
Describing nature’s decline as unprecedented and citing among many indicators, 1,000,000 species threatened with extinction, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) laid bare the threats to all life on earth in its Global Assessement Report, released at UNESCO headquarters in May.

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay says the report put the world on notice. “Following the adoption of this historic report, no one will be able to claim that they did not know. We can no longer continue to destroy the diversity of life. This is our responsibility towards future generations,” she said. “This report reminds us of the urgent need to act for biodiversity, our global environmental heritage. We can and must all mobilize, urgently and together, to save our planet and thus humanity. Protecting biodiversity is as vital as fighting climate change.”

Indeed, the Park, awarded by the EU Business & Biodiversity label, has already carried out different actions in this field: a reserve of space for the one kilometre wide green corridor, permeability of road infrastructures, creation of shelters to promote birds and other fauna to control pests, naturalised drainage systems (green ditches) or agreements with farmers to promote biodiversity-suited dry croplands in the green corridor and on undeveloped plots.

The BSP’s global action program designed to enhance its green infrastructure and support biodiversity can be downloaded here.
 
May 28, 2019
The UAB ranks first according to the CYD Foundation
The CYD Foundation recently presented the results of the sixth edition of its CYD Ranking, the ranking which evaluates the greatest number of universities in Spain (73 over 81). This foundation aims mainly to analyse and foster the contribution of universities to the economic and social development of Spain, as well as to broaden the ties between universities and businesses.

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), our partner, obtains the maximum score possible in 29 (five more than last year) of the 36 ranking indicators and is this year's top university, followed by the Autonomous University of Madrid and the University of Navarra.

The ranking divides these indicators into five "dimensions": teaching and learning, research, international orientation, contribution to regional development, and knowledge transfer.

Of the nine indicators evaluated in teaching and learning, the UAB obtained a top score in seven. In research, the UAB obtained the highest score in 8 of the 9 indicators analysed. Five out of six of the international orientation indicators also elevate the UAB to the top performance group. The UAB also obtained a maximum score in 2 of the 4 indicators in contribution to regional development.

Finally we want to point out the very good results obtained in knowledge transfer that for our Park, is particularly relevant. The UAB receives actually the highest score in seven of the eight indicators evaluated: private funding, publications in private enterprises, patents per lecturer, income per licence, spin-offs, cited patent publications and income for continuous training.

Congratulations!

 
May 23, 2019
Alba: open day, workshop and last results
On Saturday 29th of June 2019, from 09:00 to 19:00, the ALBA Synchrotron celebrates its Open Day. Visitors can explore the facility and discover its applications, as well as participate in hands-on experiments and activities for all ages.

But Alba also invites companies to explain its potential: on next May 31, ALBA organizes a workshop dedicated to the polymer industry: ALBA allows obtaining nanoscopic information of polymers such as plastics, adhesives, materials for 3D printing and biomedicine, etc. (free egistration here).

Let’s take advantage of this news to highlight, among many, two examples of the latest results that Alba allows to obtain, one taken in the health sector and another in the energy/materials sector:
  • An international collaboration led by Idibell describes in Nature Communications a new muscular disease caused by a mutation. Thanks to ALBA MIRAS beamline, researchers could demonstrate the presence of oxidized lipids in the damaged muscle cells.
  • On the other hand, in an international research work published in Advanced Energy Materials, MSPD and CLAESS ALBA beam lines contributed to better understand the synthesis of new materials designed for the next generation of lithium ion batteries by determining the structural and chemical changes.
April 25, 2019
The UAB Scientific and Technical Services: an opportunity for BSP’s companies
In order to publicize the existence and characteristics of the Scientific and Technical Services (SCT) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), ​​the Science and Technology Library hosts, until the end of April, an exhibition of devices, laboratory tools and daily objects of the 13 research support services currently offered by the university.
 
The SCT are made up of facilities including infrastructures and large-scale equipment dedicated to offering specialised technical services. Its main mission is to give scientific and technological support to research groups and companies for the development of their R&D projects. They are staffed by qualified personnel who offer tailored technical advice and support.
 
For the companies of the Barcelona Synchrotron Park, having SCT at their doorsteps offers a competitive advantage and a source of opportunities for their R&D challenges.
 
The 13 Services are focused on sectors as varied as biotechnology, food science and animal production, experimental microscopy or RX technologies or, also, social sciences and humanities:
  • Technical Unit for Radiological Protection
  • Microscopy Service
  • Service of Farms and Experimental Fields
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics Service
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Service
  • Proteomics and structural biology service
  • Applied Statistics Service
  • Animal facility
  • X-ray Diffraction Service
  • Crop, Antibody Production and Cytometry Service
  • Chemical analysis service
  • Luminescence and Spectroscopy Laboratory of Biomolecules
  • Laboratory of Geographical Information and Remote Sensing
April 10, 2019
10th Anniversary of the MELiSSA Pilot Plant: travelling to Mars is in progress near the Barcelona Synchrotron Park
The MELiSSA pilot plant from the European Space Agency (ESA), which is located in the engineering school of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), the BSP strategic partner, works on a very ambitious and long-term project that celebrated its 10th anniversary last week.
 
During a round-trip voyage to Mars, a six-person crew would need about 30 tons of food, oxygen and water for the 1,000 days mission. This huge quantity would be drastically reduced if a closed loop system would recycle the CO2 exhaled and the waste produced by the crew in order to produce in return oxygen, water and food, etc.: this is the MELiSSA project.
 
This project started 30 years ago and is founded up to 60% by the ESA (5 million Euros per year). It involves 100 researchers from 30 organizations and 15 European countries. In this puzzle the UAB pilot plant, which was inaugurated in 2009, plays a central role. To be highlighted, the operation of three compartments of the MELiSSA Pilot Plant during a long term period under continuous and controlled operation was successfully achieved, demonstration of the scientific and technological capacities of the Consortium. These three compartments were a nitrification bioreactor, a microalgae photobioreactor and an animal isolator as a crew mock-up.
 
Let's see when humans can take the place!
 
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