A New Research Project for Energy Storage in Southern Europe
Corporate Research Centers (CICs) are a class of laboratories created to cover the gap between the traditional role of universities in Spain and technology centers, namely to do basic research with technology application in mind. The local Basque Government invested $37M to create a center aimed at Energy Storage Technologies targeted to the production of electrical equipment , power electronics for grid applications, renewable energies.
The final objective of CIC EnergiGUNE is the creation of IP to enhance our value added industry products and also the development of new industrial initiatives. CIC EnergiGUNE currently consists of 69 staff representing 11 different nationalities, comprising a solid team of scientists working in two very different types of Energy Storage - Electrochemistry for batteries and supercaps (EES) and Thermal Energy Storage (TES). In the long run, CIC EnergiGUNE should grow to a 110 person facility with three quarters of its working force devoted to EES and the rest to TES.
CIC EnergiGUNE capabilities go from the coin cell concept to prototyping with outstanding synthesis and characterization facilities to do first class basic research in surface science. Although small by US standards, CIC EnergiGUNE can cover successfully all stages from concept development to prototyping. CIC EnergiGUNE is looking for collaborators to partner with and Argonne is at the top of the list. Our recent experience as new-comer in the world of Energy Storage is an interesting story and future developments position CIC EnergiGUNE to become one of the leaders in Europe.