SEP 24 2019

Shmuel De-Leon, a leading international expert in batteries, will offer in Vitoria an advanced training seminar for professionals, jointly organised by CIC energiGUNE and Bcare


  • The initiative is designed to meet one of the key demands of the sector, namely the training of professionals in the field of energy storage for the development of a first-class European industry.
  • The training program to be given by Shmuel De-Leon covers all knowledge levels about batteries, and will include a specific section on electric vehicles.

Shmuel De-Leon, a leading international expert in the field of batteries and energy storage, will be at the Álava Technology Park next week to offer an advanced training seminar on current trends and the medium-term development of the industry. The two-day seminar, jointly organised by CIC energiGUNE and Bcare, a spin-off of the Centre which offers value-added services to industry in the field of energy storage, will take place on 24 and 25 September.

The aim of this joint CIC energiGUNE and Bcare initiative is to offer professionals the opportunity to access the most advanced knowledge in a sector that maintains high development expectations. In fact, European institutions and agents have repeatedly expressed the need for highly qualified professionals capable of meeting the challenges of a high-impact industry in which Europe is still lagging behind other economies. 

The electric vehicle, stationary applications, supercapacitors and fuel cells will be four key themes of the seminar, which will also focus on aspects of the battery life cycle, design and manufacture. In this sense, battery design and the testing process will be especially relevant, as they are considered fundamental tools for the development of the new generation of batteries.

The training programme, designed for professionals in the sector as well as for researchers and engineers, will be divided into 15 modules. During the first day, attendees will be given practical information on the origin and evolution of batteries, as well as on the different chemical processes, after which a series of workshops will be run on battery charging and recharging. Time will also be dedicated to batteries for military use, the different design processes and safety protocols. 

On Wednesday 25 September, sessions will focus on the supply chain, waste battery management, smart batteries, testing systems, grid storage and ultracapacitors. The last module will be specifically dedicated to the electric vehicle. 

About Shmuel De-Leon

The seminar will be given by Shmuel De-Leon, founder and CEO of Shmuel De-Leon Energy and considered one of the leading international experts in the field of energy sources, storage and electric mobility. Prior to setting up his own company, De-Leon worked for over 20 years as head of engineering and quality control teams for various companies.

Shmuel De-Leon Energy offers unique solutions for the energy industry, including consulting, training and market research. In the case of the seminar to be held at the headquarters of CIC energiGUNE, participants will be given a comprehensive overview of current and future electrochemical energy sources, as well as training in cell selection, design, manufacturing, safety, testing and transport. In addition, the seminar will provide a grounding for new players to the sector, advanced knowledge for current active stakeholders and training in specialised software.

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 benchmark 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.

About Bcare

Bcare is a company providing comprehensive services in the field of energy storage, offering analysis and support in the selection of commercial battery technologies based on knowledge of chemistry; predictive diagnosis of battery behaviour and analysis, diagnosis and advice on improving the life expectancy and performance of batteries in use.

Furthermore, Bcare performs third party audits; technical-economic assessments of new storage solutions and post-mortem analysis of the causes of battery failure. This last service is a factor of particular value for companies, as Bcare is supported by the pioneering work being done at CIC energiGUNE.

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