UPC (Polytechnic University of Catalonia) (Catalan: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, UPC, currently referred to as BarcelonaTECH and commonly named just as UPC, is the largest engineering university in Catalonia, Spain -albeit encompassing other disciplines such as Mathematics and Architecture.
BarcelonaTECH’s objectives are based on internationalization, as it is Spain’s technical university with the highest number of international PhD students and Spain’s university with the highest number of international master’s degree students. BarcelonaTECH is a university aiming at achieving the highest degree of engineering/technical excellence and has bilateral agreements with several top-ranked European universities.
The Polytechnic University of Catalonia is a member of the Top Industrial Managers for Europe network, which allows for student exchanges between leading European engineering schools. It is also member of several university federations including the Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER) and UNITECH.
The university was founded in March 1971 as the Universitat Politècnica de Barcelona through the merger of engineering and architecture schools originally founded during the 19th century. As of 2007 it has 25 schools in Catalonia located in the cities of Barcelona, Castelldefels, Manresa, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Terrassa, Igualada, Vilanova i la Geltrú and Mataró. UPC has about 30,000 students and 2,500 professors and researchers.
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Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) research articles from Innovation Toronto
- Design and patenting of a low-cost offshore wind turbine – November 8, 2015
- Soft Mini-Robots: Micro-Robots Will Become Soft and Move Like Biological Organisms
- UPC researchers have discovered a technique to produce cheaper and more flexible multiple thin crystalline silicon wafers
- Biological Concrete for Constructing ‘Living’ Building Materials With Lichens, Mosses
- Heart monitoring using weighing scales
Black silicon solar cells are now real contenders
There’s been plenty of good news about solar power lately – not only are governments around the world using it more and more, we’re now able to harvest the Sun’s energy more cheaply and efficiently than ever before. But there’s still one big problem: traditional solar cells simply don’t work that well unless they’re in direct, bright sunlight.
To rectify this, researchers have been working on creating structures called black silicon solar cells, which absorb way more light and are useful even on overcast days. But they’ve never been efficient enough to be real players in the solar race – up until now, that is.
A team of European researchers has just announced that they’ve set a new record by creating black silicon solar cells that can convert 22.1 percent of the Sun’s light into electricity – an increase of almost four percent on their previous record. While this doesn’t compare to the record of 40 percent efficiency in traditional silicon solar cells, it shows that black silicon solar cells are now real contenders that could help greatly reduce the cost of solar power in the future.
Even more impressively, the team compared their new black silicon solar cells with traditional solar cells of the same efficiency, and showed that their cells increased daily energy production by 3 percent, thanks to their ability to suck up light even when the Sun was low in the sky