R&D+I in renewables, CENER takes stock of 2014

    As with 2013, 2014 has been a difficult year for renewable energies in Spain. The reason can be attributed to the current regulatory system, which has resulted in almost non-existent implementation of new projects for the installation of renewable technologies in our country. This situation has impacted on the activities undertaken at CENER that has been created as a technological centre exclusively dedicated to R&D+i and the provision of technological services with a high added value for all the agents in the renewable energy sector.

    Fortunately renewable energies are enjoying a huge stimulus in the rest of the world, and this has meant a significant geographical diversification of our activities on the international stage.

    Furthermore, the launch of the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, that funds R&D+i activities within a collaborative environment with other centres and companies in the European Union, has represented an important source of activity. We have invested a lot of energy over recent years in the preparation of proposals and this has allowed us to become technological partners in key European projects that are a global benchmark in technological development. Currently CENER is taking part in 21 European projects.

    Pablo Ayesa
    General Manager at CENER, the Spanish National Renewable Energy Centre

    Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2015