CIC energiGUNE, the Basque research center of reference in electrochemical energy storage, thermal energy storage and conversion and hydrogen technologies, has been ranked as the most important Research Foundation in Europe and Latin America in the field of Energy, according to the SCImago ranking, the main international reference for the classification of research entities worldwide. In addition, CIC energiGUNE is listed as one of the 15 leading research centers on the planet, at the Foundation level.
"Being at the forefront of energy research in Europe is something that motivates us enormously, especially at such an important time for the future of the sector," said Nuria Gisbert, CEO of CIC energiGUNE. "In addition, I would like to emphasize that the ranking talks about energy research in global terms, not just storage, so if only that specific field were considered, we would be in an even higher position."
The SCImago ranking is the main international reference for research centers and each year provides a ranking of academic and research-related institutions, ordered according to a composite indicator. This index combines three different sets of indicators based on research performance, innovation results and social impact measured by their visibility on the web.
According to the 2023 report, in addition to being the leading research foundation in Europe and Latin America in Energy, CIC energiGUNE is one of the 15 most important foundations in the world. It is also in the international Top 5 in four specific fields: Energy (4th), Engineering (3rd), Physics (4th) and Chemistry (5th).
If all the world´s institutions and companies in energy research are taken into account, the Basque center is among the top 5 agents in Spain and the 30 most important in Europe, as well as among the top 200 energy research entities worldwide. In the case of Chemistry, CIC energiGUNE would be in the top 10 in Spain, the top 40 in Europe, and among the 250 most important in the world.
This recognition from the SCImago ranking adds to those obtained by the center and its professionals in recent times, such as the mention of CIC energiGUNE by the European Commission as an “outstanding example” in the field of battery research and development in its report Batteries for Energy Storage in the European Union. In addition, it is worth mentioning the inclusion of six of its scientists in the “Ranking of the World Scientists”, prepared annually by Stanford University in collaboration with the academic publisher Elsevier and considered the reference ranking of the best researchers in the world; the presence of Michel Armand in the prestigious “Highly Cited Researchers”, list, prepared annually by the company Clarivate Analytics, and his recognition as “Fellow of the Electrochemical Society”; the award of a ‘Ramón y Cajal’ grant to the researcher Yaroslav Grosu, and the appointment of Javier Carrasco and Daniel Carriazo as new Ikerbasque Professor, joining Elena Palomo and Paramaconi Rodríguez in this category.