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What is CIC Energigune project?

CIC Energigune is the new Cooperative Research Centre in the field of energy. This centre will be located in the Basque Country, in the Álava Technology Park. It will specialise in basic oriented research, focussing its activities in the field of energy and its related technologies.
CIC will further the resources and skills that currently exist in the energy sector in the Basque Country and the Basque Science, Technology and Innovation Network, with a view to becoming an international benchmark and contributing to boosting the competitiveness of the Basque industrial sector.
CIC Energigune project is part of the Basque Government's industrial and scientific policy.
This approach will be focussed on the following areas:
Electrochemical storage: advanced batteries, supercapacitors and advanced fuel cells
High and medium temperature solar thermal energy storage using new materials
Marine energy and the use of wave power, focussing R&D activities right from the beginning on cutting the costs of kW/h generated and related technical risks.
Bioenergy, aimed at developing alternatives to what is available now, based on factors not linked to the human food chain.

What is the planned investment?

The launch of CIC Energigune centre involves investment of over €45 M for the first 5 years. The most significant budget items will be the building's construction and the Bimep infrastructure, as well as necessary investment in scientific equipment.
Once the research activities are fully running, an annual investment of around 7-8 M Euros is estimated.

Where is the funding coming from?

During the launch and development stages, i.e. the first five years, CIC should have financial stability, mainly provided by the Basque Government, in order to help towards consolidating the research groups in the defined areas.
In the medium term, CIC will have a funding plan that will combine a sound financial base from the Basque Government with donations and contributions from employers. Additional funds will also need to be sought:
Competitive public R&D and innovation support programs, from the different areas of the Government.
International research support programs (e.g. EU Seventh Framework Program)
In the long term, CIC will start to generate its own profit from its research work which will allow it to transfer knowledge (e.g. granting use of patents) with a view to achieving an increasing level of self-funding.

How will CIC contribute to the renewable energy sector?

The purpose of CIC Energigune (physical) centre is undertaking basic oriented research in the field of energy and its related technologies.
This approach will be focussed on the following areas:
Electrochemical storage, aimed at responding to the needs of small electrical appliances, and to electric transport and large storage infrastructures required by a network into which more and more sources of renewable energy are being incorporated (such as solar power and wind power)
High and medium temperature solar thermal energy storage, aimed at fulfilling the needs of Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Plants that are currently being developed.
Marine Energy, CIC focuses this area on the use of wave power, targeting its R&D activities right from the beginning at cutting the costs of kW/h generated and related technical risks, without discarding more aggressive approaches to increase its use.
Bioenergy. At CIC this area is approached in an open manner, aimed at developing new alternatives based on raw materials that are not linked to the human food chain. The high potential, together with a favourable global situation and a strong industrial sector, are the keys to the success of initiatives launched in this field.

What technical characteristics will the centre have?

The physical Energigune centre will be in a new building that is to be erected in the Miñano Technology Park, in a 10,000 m2 plot with a 50% surface area suitable for building.
The head office of the central building in which CIC will be located will be a complex measuring around 5,000 m2 built on three floors, with high energy efficiency and designed in accordance with advanced environmental criteria to ensure significant energy saving and minimum environmental impact. The building's design, construction system, materials and facilities will make it a benchmark in the field of energy efficiency. The building will incorporate energy production sources through its own renewable sources, which will be used for both own consumption and for the research work.
The physical CIC will have three main areas in Miñano: electricity and solar thermal power storage, and bioenergy, along with support for the marine research area, which, apart from the Miñano facilities, will also have specific facilities on the coast, as described below.

What will be the benefits from CIC's research work?

There are many beneficiaries of CIC's research work, ranging from technology centres, business R&D units, universities, and companies in the energy sector and even in other sectors. Apart from the breakthroughs in this field, the company as a whole benefits insofar as clean energy is promoted.
Along the same lines, although in the medium term, a special effort will be made to establish agreements with companies interested in the program activities, in exchange for (i) preferential rights for intellectual property negotiations and/or (ii) follow-up opportunity (confidential information). Apart from specific technologies, what this project will contribute to the industrial sector on the whole, in order to build a competitive advantage on the globalised markets of the future, would consist of:
A single body of knowledge in an area of huge significance for the century we live in, i.e. renewable energy and adapting this to the economic climate.
A team of highly-qualified researchers and experts who have been trained under a research program built on the principle of excellence and/or recruited from International Benchmark Centres.
A network of contacts, partnerships and cooperation agreements with Centres of Excellence for Science and Technology and leading companies on an international level, which opens the door to participation of Basque companies in international consortiums.
A group of infrastructures necessary to generate knowledge and guarantee the development of new products and applications.

Are there other centres like CIC Energigune in the world?

CIC Energigune’s model, with its combination of a physical component and a virtual part, is certainly innovative in the energy sector.
As far as the scope of the aforementioned research areas is concerned, there are benchmark centres around the world. The following is a list, although not exhaustive, of these in accordance each discipline:
Electrochemical storage: CNRS Amiens-Picardie, ICMAB-Barcelona, Univ. of Alicante, Univ. of Cordoba, St.Andrews and Imperial College in the UK, MIT and Sandía National Lab in the US, Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland, Univ. Montreal in Canada.
Thermal storage: PSA-Ciemat – Almeria, Tekniker – Spain, CNRS Promes – Perpignan, DLR – Stuttgart, Sandia National Lab and NREL in the US, ENEA in Italy.
Marine energy: Univ. Edinburgh, Robotiker – Spain, Univ. of La Laguna, Univ. of Hawaii, Instituto Superior Técnico in Portugal
Bioenergy: Univ. of Standford, CNRS, CENER, Fraunhofer, Weizmann Institute.
The success of the first two areas is worth mentioning, in which a lot of institutes are setting up new research groups with considerable budgets (e.g. Univ. Cambridge, DLR, and Univ. of Singapore)

Who is involved in the project?

Depending on the type of participation, there are two different roles:
A) Board members: CIC Energigune’s Board is formed by public and private institutions (administrations, companies, associations, research centres, etc) with the head office in the Basque Country, and which are benchmark institutions in the energy sector both in Spain and internationally. Each one makes its own contribution by making the project stronger, providing a global point of view and an estimate of the actual needs that need to be met in the field of energy. With their market expertise, they can help speed up the introduction and dissemination of advances being made in the research area.
Apart from the aforementioned institutions, the Department of Industry, the Ente Vasco de la Energía and the Cluster de Energía are also active members of the project.
B) Virtual CIC partners: the virtual CIC is formed by CIC partners, both universities and technology centres and companies.
Together the first two represent around 200 researchers and experts specialising in different alternative energy sources.
CIC will set the overall focus for the research activity on alternative energies for all of the organisations that belong to CIC.
By fostering coordination and cooperation between all of them under the RVCTI
By promoting participation in projects such as Etortek, Consolider, Cenit, PM, etc.

CIC is in the PTA. Are there public transport links from the Basque capital cities? Does CIC provide transport subsidies?

There are two direct public transport links to the Parque Tecnológico de Álava from various points around the capital city. The first covers the following streets: Portal de Castilla, Avenida Gasteiz and Portal de Foronda, among others, and the second covers: Nieves Cano, Los Herrán, Obispo Ballerster and Valladolid.

From Bilbao the PTA also has a bus service, which the workers association “Batea” organises and which runs from Monday to Thursday, but not on Fridays or during the months of July and August. The route covers Arrue Margolariak, Plaza San Pedro, Plaza Circular, Plaza Zabalburu and Areta, among others.

 The routes and timetables are available on the PTA website www.pt-alava.es , or by calling the PTA's Central Building on 945 010 055.

What facilities are available in the PTA in which CIC is located?

The PTA has a large café-restaurant in the centre of the estate. It has a car park. As well as the centre's private parking areas, the PTA also has a public car park. There is a path with a cycling lane throughout the facilities and outdoor recreation areas. The central building includes communal conference rooms, with the most advanced telecommunications equipment, as well as photocopying facilities, postal service, maintenance service and ATMs.

About work

What kind of contract does CIC Energigune offer?

The kind of contract depends on the position. Right now, we are offering a full time position for Project Leaders and Group Leaders and 4 year contracts for PhD and Postdocs.

What is the salary offered by CIC Energigune?

CIC Energigune has established a salary range, in line with those existing in the Basque science system. The final amount is negotiable with each researcher, taking into account the excellence of their research career.

who will evaluate my application?

Your application will be evaluated by an External Scientific Committee composed of prestigious researchers from your research area.

Which are the most important criteria for the Evaluation Committee?

A coherent and solid research career path and high impact quality publications.

If I am selected, when do I have to start work?

The start date will be established with each researcher taking into account their personal and current work situation.

Are there start up funds?

CIC Energigune provides start up funds for your research for the first years so you can establish your group and research properly. We will jointly discuss the amount of start - up funds required for your research project.

Is the information provided to CIC Energigune confidential?

All information provided to the Basque Foundation for Science in relation to your application is confidential. It is only used by CIC Energigune staff and the external evaluators who sign a confidentiality commitment.
This information is regulated by the Data Protection Act (LOPD, Oct. 2000)

Is CIC Energigune?s full time contract compatible with other contracts as Professor?

Spanish legislation does allow you to have different contracts. You only need permission from employers.

Will CIC Energigune help me with the move?

In this website you will find some keys to keep in mind when moving (please go to "Life & Style" Section). from that CIC Energigune’s staff will be pleased to solve all the doubts you may have or helping you doing some arrangements in which you may find some difficulties due to language.

Which work calendar is applicable?

CIC Energigune has an specific work calendar which includes, apart from legal holiday period, some other days. This work calendar is given to every new member of the Centre upon joining.

You have job offers in your website but apart from them can I apply for others?

As a growing Centre CIC Energigune will be pleased to receive all the candidatures interested in joining us. Please fill in the "Join us" form or if you prefer, you can send your CV to cic@cicenergigune.com.

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