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Repsol S.A. is an integrated global energy company based in Madrid, Spain. It carries out upstream and downstream activities throughout the entire world. It has more than 24,000 employees worldwide. It is vertically integrated and operates in all areas of the oil and gas industry, including exploration and production, refining, distribution and marketing, petrochemicals, power generation and trading.Repsol also partners with Honda Racing Corporation to compete in MotoGP under Repsol Honda Team. Wikipedia.

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The present invention relates to a hierarchical composite structure comprising an open cell graphene foam or graphene-like foam, wherein the graphene foam or graphene-like foam is coated with a conductive nanoporous spongy structure and wherein at least 10% v/v of the hollow of the pores of the graphene foam or graphene-like foam is filled with the conductive nanoporous spongy structure. The invention also relates to a process for preparing a hierarchical composite structure wherein a conductive nanoporous spongy structure is electrodeposited so as to coat the open-cell graphene foam or graphene-like foam and to partially fill the hollow of the pores of the graphene foam or graphene-like foam.

The object of the invention is a method implemented in a computer for the numerical simulation of a porous medium that may comprise multiple interacting hydraulic fractures in continuous or naturally fractured medium. The method calculates numerically the propagation of a crack, or set of cracks, for instance under the fluid pressure imposed artificially through a well or perforation in a rock mass. This is accomplished by using the Finite Element Method and the special elements named zero-thickness interface or joint elements in the specialized literature, which are pre-inserted along all potential crack paths in the rock mass (pre-existing natural and artificial fractures plus main potential new fracture paths).

The present invention refers to process for the preparation of graphene which comprises the steps of a) flash thermal treatment of a graphite oxide at a temperature up to 700C sufficient to produce exfoliation and under inert atmosphere; b) cooling the material obtained in the previous step below 90C and c) heating the material resulting from the previous step under inert atmosphere at a temperature which is higher than the temperature of step a), wherein the heating rate is between 1 and 15C/min. The invention is also directed to the graphenes so obtained, which show excellent physico-chemical properties.

Repsol | Date: 2017-06-21

The present invention is directed to a method for preparing an alkylene glycol comprising hydrating with water an alkylene oxide in a hydrating reactor placed in a reaction zone, said alkylene oxide being in at least 5 wt% with respect to the total feed, characterized in that the product mixture of said hydrating reactor is subject to a dewatering flash process in a flasher.

The invention relates to a method for fouling an injector of a gasoline direct injection engine (10), which comprises:- operating the direct injection engine on at least a first stationary engine mode which is defined by a pre-established engine load and a pre-established engine speed, both the preestablished engine load and speed being comprised within 35% and 65% of their maximum values, this at least first stationary engine mode being characterized by high particulate matter generation; wherein the direct injection engine is operated on the at least first engine mode for less than ten hours. The invention also relates to a method for evaluating the fouling effect of a gasoline formulation in a gasoline direct injection engine which uses the above fouling method.

The invention relates generally to the uses of biocatalytic processes to obtain branched chain alcohols of formula (I) from aldehydes of formula (II). The invention also relates to fuel compositions comprising said alcohols.

A photoelectrode for a photoelectrochemical cell is disclosed. The photoelectrode comprises a back-contact solar cell comprising emitter and collector contacts being spaced apart by first openings. The emitter and collector contacts are respectively collected in an emitter busbar and a collector busbar. The photoelectrode further comprises a contact passivation layer to separate the emitter and collector contacts from the electrolyte when in use. The contact passivation layer further comprises second openings in correspondence with the first openings. The photoelectrode further comprises a resin layer covering the openings and a portion of the contact passivation layer such that in use only charge carriers from the emitter contacts traverse the contact passivation layer in its way to the electrolyte while charge carriers from the collector contacts are collected in the collector busbar. An electrocatalyst layer is further provided covering respectively the resin layer and/or the contact passivation layer.

Repsol | Date: 2017-01-18

The present invention relates to electrode composite, comprising: 0.1 wt% to 20 wt% graphene; 0.1 wt% to 20 wt% carbon black and 2 wt% to 20 wt% binder, the rest being an active material of lithium transition metal oxide having a spinel structure, such as LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 or LiMn2O4, or of a lithium transition metal compound having an olivine structure, such as LiFePO4, and presenting the electrode a thickness equal or greater than 40 m. The invention also relates to a cathode comprising a current collector and disposed on the current collector said electrode composite, to a lithium ion cell and to a battery module comprising said cathode, and to a battery pack comprising at least one battery module for use in devices such as electric vehicles, portable electric devices and stationary energy storage devices for renewable sources. The invention also discloses a method for preparing said cathode.

Repsol and AVL List GmbH | Date: 2017-02-15

The invention relates to a liquefied petroleum gas direct injection engine (100) comprising at least one cylinder comprising a combustion chamber (1) having a spark plug (2), one or more intake valve or valves (4) and one or more exhaust valve or valves (5). The LPG engine (100) further comprises at least one injector (6) for injecting liquefied petroleum gas in liquid state directly into the combustion chamber, the LPG being injected at a pre-established pressure value; a high pressure pump (9) for feeding pressurized liquefied petroleum gas to at least one injector (6); and an electronic control unit (13) configured to operate the at least one injector (6) for injecting the LPG during a specific injection time period or periods such that a predefined target mass of liquefied petroleum gas is injected, and between 360 BTDC and 60 BTDC of the engine cycle. The invention also refers to a control method of a liquefied petroleum gas direct injection engine (100).

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: SGA-RIA | Phase: FETFLAGSHIP | Award Amount: 89.00M | Year: 2016

This project is the second in the series of EC-financed parts of the Graphene Flagship. The Graphene Flagship is a 10 year research and innovation endeavour with a total project cost of 1,000,000,000 euros, funded jointly by the European Commission and member states and associated countries. The first part of the Flagship was a 30-month Collaborative Project, Coordination and Support Action (CP-CSA) under the 7th framework program (2013-2016), while this and the following parts are implemented as Core Projects under the Horizon 2020 framework. The mission of the Graphene Flagship is to take graphene and related layered materials from a state of raw potential to a point where they can revolutionise multiple industries. This will bring a new dimension to future technology a faster, thinner, stronger, flexible, and broadband revolution. Our program will put Europe firmly at the heart of the process, with a manifold return on the EU investment, both in terms of technological innovation and economic growth. To realise this vision, we have brought together a larger European consortium with about 150 partners in 23 countries. The partners represent academia, research institutes and industries, which work closely together in 15 technical work packages and five supporting work packages covering the entire value chain from materials to components and systems. As time progresses, the centre of gravity of the Flagship moves towards applications, which is reflected in the increasing importance of the higher - system - levels of the value chain. In this first core project the main focus is on components and initial system level tasks. The first core project is divided into 4 divisions, which in turn comprise 3 to 5 work packages on related topics. A fifth, external division acts as a link to the parts of the Flagship that are funded by the member states and associated countries, or by other funding sources. This creates a collaborative framework for the entire Flagship.

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