The new website offers industry quick, easy and direct access to the center´s research process.

CIC energiGUNE, the Basque research centre of reference in electrochemical and thermal energy storage and a member of the Basque Research & Technology Alliance BRTA, has launched its new website as a meeting point and reference for research, business and talent in the field of energy storage. This new tool will enable it to update its digital positioning for all its target audiences, thereby aligning its image as an international benchmark to its digital image.

The launch of the new website also marks the culmination of the process of redesigning the CIC energiGUNE brand, which includes revamping the logo - adding the reference to the BRTA - and incorporating it into its various graphic and audiovisual media. Similarly, the slogan "Making sustainability real" has been adopted as a permanent reference to the research centre´s commitment to environmental, economic and social sustainability.

Many different criteria, including content optimisation and elements that are nowadays routinely taken for granted such as a responsive web design, have been taken into account in the planning of the new website, which is accessible as from today. Stand-out features of the new design include its user-friendliness, with intuitive navigation and the ability to find information of interest easily and quickly. The site is structured around three main sections, each of which is focused on one of the three main target areas: science, business and talent. There are also two general sections focused on CIC energiGUNE corporate information and scientific outreach and communication to industry and society (Media Center).

The Research section provides information on all the projects currently being worked on by the centre and its team of over 120 researchers - in addition to a further 40 undergraduate and master´s students and interns - and details the research lines and groups in the two main areas of activity: electrochemical storage and thermal storage. Specific information is also provided on the center´s facilities, including the cell prototyping and characterisation platforms, considered to be the best in southern Europe.

The team of researchers, which includes renowned scientists such as Michel Armand, Elena Palomo and Steve Visco, has its own space within this section, thus opening up avenues for relations between professionals to consolidate current lines of research and publicise the cutting-edge research that has positioned the centre as one of the best in its field.

CIC energiGUNE´s new website

With a view to transferring knowledge to Industry - one of the Center´s main objectives - the new website includes all the development options in the Companies section. This section describes the main applications of the different lines of research, as well as a series of transversal services that cut across those applications, and includes the spin-offs set up by the center, such as Bcare. In short, this new section reflects one of the key challenges that the research center has been working on in recent years: to raise awareness of, and access to, all the research conducted by the centre and thus promote the work taken forward in conjunction with the business community.

The Talent section includes relevant information and actions taken by CIC energiGUNE to attract researchers and scientists interested in developing their work in the field of energy storage. This section is the gateway for talent to access CIC energiGUNE initiatives and projects from anywhere in the world, and to attract and bring Basque talent back to the Basque Country.

The Media Center section contains a wide range of resources, from science outreach, which includes publications, patents, theses and conferences, to communication to society and companies. In this section, apart from news on the center and its media appearances, a blog has been set up to cover the main news and activities relevant to the sector.

Finally, the section on CIC energiGUNE includes information not only on its activity and organization but also on important aspects of its management system and its HRS4R accreditation, issued by the EU. This accreditation recognises CIC energiGUNE as outstanding in research staff management and as a centre of excellence in attracting and developing research talent. The section also highlights the center´s commitment to the recently launched BRTA - the Basque Research and Technology Alliance.

In the words of Nuria Gisbert, General Manager of CIC energiGUNE, this new platform is designed to "provide the scientific community and industry with a meeting place where they can access everything related to energy storage, from the research we carry out at the centre to the solution to specific business problems, as well as keeping the door permanently open to bringing in outstanding professionals and attracting international and Basque talent".