Dissemination and knowledge

The Energy Transition Education and Research Program began at the University of Barcelona under the direction of Mariano Marzo, professor of Stratigraphy and lecturer of Energy Resources and Oil Geology. It has since been extended to the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), where it is directed by Óscar García, director of the School of Industrial Engineering (ETSII-UPM), and to the Comillas Pontifical University, where it is led by José Ignacio Linares, industrial engineer, professor of Thermal Machines and Engines and professor of Thermodynamics and Energy Engineering at Comillas ICAI.

The program at UB is primarily focused on promoting the knowledge and dissemination of CO2 recovery and re-use systems, one of the great objectives in the fight against climate change. The Program and the Program at Comillas will be centered around the keys to decarbonizing industry from a technological, economic, and social point of view.

A Chair within a network of universities

CO₂ capture, utilization and storage against climate change

The value of CCUS technologies

Technologies for carbon capture, use, and storage (CCUS) have high potential for complementing renewable energies in the electricity system with their minimal emissions. In addition, they are key for reducing emissions in sectors like steel, cement, and chemicals, since the CO2 captured can be reused, thanks to other necessary technologies, as raw material in a wide range of possibilities.

In the words of Mariano Marzo, "the goal is to open a debate forum and a center for sharing thoughts and knowledge on the energy transition. This is a complex topic that is usually addressed from a lax point of view with proposals for simple solutions, when in reality we are entering a world full of uncertainty, although also of opportunity".

Within the framework of the collaboration with the University of Barcelona, a World Observatory for Innovation is being developed to discuss the latest advances in recovery and re-use of CO2. Challenges for students and workshops with all the pertinent parties of the energy transition debate will also take place.

The challenge of sustainable mobility and decarbonizing industry

The Repsol Foundation – UPM Energy Transition Education and Research Program is centered on two lines of action: the improvement of air quality and mobility's carbon footprint.

The program facilitates forums and debates such as: an observatory on sustainable mobility, a challenge directed at ETSII students, and a workshop on automobile greenhouse gas emissions and future challenges, uniting sector specialists and researchers.

The Repsol Foundation – Comillas Energy Transition Education and Research Program analyzes the methods for achieving sustainable industry decarbonization, using carbon footprint and life-cycles analysis as tools.

To do this, it will initiate an observatory to monitor new technologies that can be applied to decarbonizing industry, both at a national and international level. It will also organize meetings and conferences that will include the participation of experts in the field. Additionally, students can participate in "hackathons" to seek solutions to these challenges.