Energy Days are organised by local public and private organisations to celebrate the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2019, organised by the European Commission, between 17-21 June 2019. Energy Days are activities and events that promote clean energy transition. Any activity can be an Energy Day – from a workshop, to a competition, to a tour of a power station – provided it engages citizens and energy stakeholders in building the Energy Union. At the ICMAB, our Energy Day will be on June 17, 2019, with the ICMAB Periodical Lecture given by Jordi Llorca, on Hydrogen!
The demand for clean and renewable energy is increasing because of rapid depletion of fossil fuels and stringent environmental and political constraints. In this context, hydrogen is emerging as a natural choice because it is a clean energy carrier and represents the final objective of a decarbonized society.
The water splitting reaction can be intensified by using suitable photocatalytic devices that allow an efficient use of the photons through an effective contact between the photocatalyst and the reactants and an optimal exposure to the light. On the other hand, the photocatalyzed oxidation of biomass-derived products acting as sacrificial agents can smooth the path for producing hydrogen from renewable sources. Here we will discuss about the use of photonic crystals to obtain hydrogen from gaseous mixtures of ethanol-water under dynamic conditions, both under artificial UV-light LED source and direct solar radiation.
Monday, 17 June 2019 @ 12 pm
Sala d'Actes Carles Miravitlles, ICMAB-CSIC
Energy Days take place throughout the months of May and June. They can last any length of time. Some last just a few hours, others a whole week. An Energy Day can also be repeated on different days to reach as many people as possible. The Energy Days map shows all activities taking place near you. Activities and events take place throughout the EU Member States. Organisers can prepare an Energy Day for any size of area – from a local community to an entire region.
Activities can take place in public or private buildings or even the open air. Previous events have been held in schools, market squares, conference centres, and many other places. Anyone can organise an Energy Day. And they can be targeted at any audience; perhaps investors in new technology or families who want to promote clean energy.
Energy Days show citizens and business why sustainable energy is important – and help them discover the issues in the transition to secure, clean, efficient energy. The EU-wide visibility of Energy Days gives maximum publicity to an activity, while the communications and promotional support help to ensure its success.
Every year the European Commission (Directorate-General for Energy and Executive Agency for SMEs) organises the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) – the biggest event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. This year’s theme is ‘Shaping Europe’s energy future’ and it covers four elements across the EU: the Policy Conference, Networking Village, EUSEW Awards, and the Energy Days.