CIC Energigune

Contact: Dr Teófilo Rojo-Aparicio

CIC energiGUNE is a new energy research centre with headquarters in the Basque Country which aims to become an international benchmark in its field. The centre has the backing of public institutions and administrations, and of companies directly related to the energy sector. CIC energiGUNE operates as a foundation, with public and private budget.

The foundation incorporates large companies, such as Iberdrola, Gamesa, Guascor, Sener, IDOM, Cegasa, Naturgas, Grupo Mondragón, IK4, Tecnalia and the Clúster vasco de la Energía whereas the public part of the project comes from the Basque Government (through the departments of industry and education), the EVE, the Regional Government of Álava and Parque Tecnológico de Álava.

CIC energiGUNE's work is based on a series of fundamental values to ensure that the most stimulating environment is created that include transparency, commitment, trust and cooperation. It is the aim of CICs to promote interdisciplinary working and contribute to coordinated development with other basic sciences, to develop transfer and collaboration projects and develop the scientific training and critical mass that will facilitate research in the long term future.

The missions of CIC energiGUNE include the generation of knowledge and technology in the area of energy sources, the assistance of public institutions and industry organisations to create a suitable framework for technological transfer based on the acquisition, generation and dissemination of advanced scientific and technological knowledge and to help make Basque companies more mutually compatible, finding common ground between their needs and the processes of R&D&i.

CIC energiGUNE has two different research areas: electrochemical energy storage (EES) and thermal energy storage (TES) with a total capacity for 110 jobs, of which 100 are researcher posts. Its researchers take part in a highly motivated team to achieve the missions, with specific targets to ensure that the milestones are successfully realised.

Find out more on the CIC Energigune website.