TECNALIA's Director of Energy and Environment, Luis Pedrosa, is elected to the core management team of the European Energy Research Alliance

21 May 2021

Europe recognises TECNALIA’s high level of research and involvement in the energy transition

The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) has chosen TECNALIA to become part of its Executive Committee. Luis Pedrosa, Director of Energy and Environment will represent TECNALIA on this committee.

“Being part of the core management team of this prestigious association puts us in an excellent position to gain first-hand knowledge of the European trends and strategy regarding the energy transition. Together with CIEMAT, which has also been selected to be part of this executive committee, TECNALIA will be able to help companies in its environment, both regionally and nationally, to take advantage of the opportunities linked to this ambitious challenge”, Luis remarked.

The new members of the Alliance's governing body have reappointed Nils Røkke of SINTEF as chairman for a third term.

The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) is the largest energy research community in Europe. It brings together 250 organisations from 30 countries focused on research. The EERA's joint research programmes cover the entire range of technologies for a low-carbon energy transition, together with systemic and cross-cutting issues.

The choice of TECNALIA as a member of the EERA has depended not only on its critical mass but also on the number of programmes in which it is involved. According to this assessment, TECNALIA ranks 11th among European centres: it dedicates around 310 researchers to research related to the energy transition and is involved in 12 of the 18 programmes set up by the alliance.

These programmes relate to photovoltaic solar energy, concentrating solar power, ocean energies, wind energy, smart grids, fuel cells and hydrogen, energy storage, energy digitalisation, energy efficiency in industrial processes, smart cities, capturing and storing CO2, and integrating economic, environmental and social aspects and impacts.

This public-private partnership will create important synergies to boost R&D related to the energy transition both at a national and European level.