Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech

Institute of Energy Technology (INTE)

Director Jordi Llorca Pique
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Phone 93 401 66 92
E-mail arturo.vargas@(upc.edu)
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Research
The research of the Institute of Energy Technology (INTE) is grouped into four programmes:
• Energy development. This programme covers hydrogen technology, thermal hydraulics and the development of materials.
• Radioactivity and the environment. In the framework of this programme, work is undertaken to monitor environmental radioactivity through the development of measuring equipment and procedures, and through the use of models for simulating the transport of radionuclides.
• Dosimetry and medical radiation. The activities of this programme focus on the metrology and dosimetry of radiation, with an emphasis on healthcare applications, both for measuring and modelling using Monte Carlo methods.
 • Nuclear physics and accelerators. This programme mainly concentrates on the field of neutron physics and accelerators.

Information on the research projects in progress and those that have been completed is available at http://www.upc.edu/inte/p_recerca.php.

Teaching
The INTE organises annual training courses for supervisors and operators of radioactive facilities in collaboration with Barcelona’s Hospital Clínic and Hospital de Sant Pau, and the UPC’s Nuclear Engineering Section of the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering. The courses focus on the applications of nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, unsealed source laboratories, and the control of analytical processes and techniques. The Institute is also involved in two doctoral degrees, one in Nuclear Engineering and the other in Nuclear and Ionising Radiation Engineering, and contributes to a number of bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Services and facilities

The INTE has five research laboratories and two automated radiation monitoring stations that deliver services and conduct research, both in-house and in the framework of collaboration agreements.

The Ionising Radiation Calibration and Dosimetry Laboratory, the Dosimetry and Thermoluminescence Laboratory and the Low-Level Radioactivity Measurement Laboratory have all been accredited by the ENAC, a national accreditation body. The Low-Level Radioactivity Measurement Laboratory also belongs to the Spanish Atmospheric Radiological Control Station Network, which is managed by the Nuclear Security Council. The laboratories combine research with the provision of calibration and testing services to industry, hospitals and public administrations.

The Radon Studies Laboratory is equipped with a 20-m3 atmospheric control chamber for conducting risk assessment on the radioactive daughters from natural radon emissions. The Hydrogen Laboratory specialises in hydrogen generation techniques and is involved in technology transfer activities with businesses interested in the hydrogen vector and fuel cells. Finally, there is an atmospheric radiological network for studying ionising radiation with two control stations on the UPC’s campus. They automatically send out radiological and meteorological variables on a continuous basis from their measuring points.


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