JUN 17 2019

CIC energiGUNE becomes part of the ALISTORE network to facilitate and drive the transfer of knowledge on energy storage to industry

CIC energiGUNE becomes part of the ALISTORE network to facilitate and drive the transfer of knowledge on energy storage to industry
  • Fifty or so representatives from the academic community and partner companies will meet at the Álava Technology Park on 19 and 20 June to report on advances in research.
  • In becoming part of the ALISTORE network, CIC energiGUNE is looking to strengthen the role of Europe and the Basque Country in the development and manufacture of energy storage technologies of the future.
  • The ALISTORE network is also closely linked to the Erasmus Mundus MESC+ Master's Degree, in which both CIC energiGUNE and the UPV/EHU have been involved for the last year. Becoming part of the network will enable the centre to consolidate its position as a reference in European research.

CIC energiGUNE, a reference research centre in Europe in the field of electrochemical and thermal energy storage, has become part of the ALISTORE-ERI (European Research Institute) network, which brings together 20 research centres and 12 companies from Europe around advanced research in energy storage and its transfer in the short and medium term to European industry.

As a consequence of joining the network, a process which began at the end of last year, CIC energiGUNE will host the six-monthly ALISTORE-ERI meeting from tomorrow, Wednesday 19 June. The meeting will be attended by around fifty representatives of the network's academic and industrial partners. The aim of the meeting, which will last until Thursday, is to report on the progress made both in basic research and in the process of knowledge transfer to industry.

The ALISTORE network, a cooperative research structure set up in 2009 and coordinated by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), includes an Industrial Club with members such as Renault, BASF, Total, Saft, Umicore, Saint-Gobain and Solvay. Likewise, its academic partners are drawn from countries such as France, United Kingdom, Sweden, Slovenia, Holland, Poland, Austria, Germany and Spain.

Over the two days of the six-monthly ALISTORE-ERI meeting to be held in CIC energiGUNE, those attending will have access to the latest activity reports on the ERI and its various work projects, such as those related to the EU Horizon 2020 Programme and BATTERY 2030+, as well as to the different research works conducted by doctoral students and researchers under the supervision and support of the ALISTORE network.

Similarly, presentations will be made on the progress made in knowledge transfer to industry, through the experience of companies such as Umicore (Belgium) and SAFT (France). Finally, on Thursday, large-scale future projects will be analysed and Industrial Club and academic partner session meetings will be held.

Erasmus Mundus MESC+ Master's Degree

The inclusion of CIC energiGUNE in the ALISTORE network will also strengthen the position of the research centre as a reference laboratory in Europe at an academic level, as the ERI is closely linked to the prestigious Erasmus Mundus MESC+ Master's Degree (Materials Science and Electrochemistry). Together with the UPV/EHU, CIC energiGUNE forms part of the consortium of the Erasmus Mundus MESC+ Master's Degree: in this respect, the first European students who wish to finish their studies in the Basque Country will arrive here as from September 2020.

This 2-year Master's Degree involves 5 European universities: the UPV/EHU, the Warsaw University of Technology (Poland), the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), the Paul Sabatier University (Toulouse, France) and the University of Picardie Jules Verne (Amiens, France).

About CIC energiGUNE

CIC energiGUNE is the leading research centre in Europe in the field of energy storage. The centre, a strategic initiative in this field of the Department of Economic Development and Infrastructures of the Basque Government, is also supported by the Provincial Government of Álava and the Basque Energy Agency. All the leading companies in the energy and storage sector in the Basque Country (Iberdrola, Cegasa Portable Energy, Sener, Siemens-Gamesa, Ormazabal, Idom, Solarpack, Mondragón Corporation and Nortegas) are represented on the governance board of the organisation.

In addition, CIC energiGUNE is the reference laboratory for energy storage in southern Europe, with its unique facilities including prototyping and testing infrastructures for electrical (including batteries for automotive solid state) and thermal storage. It has published extensively in scientific journals (over 500 publications) and participates in more than 35 industrial projects per year. 

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