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Iberdrola is making strides in its strategy to promote innovative sustainable mobility to fight climate change by acquiring a stake in Wallbox.

This company, Europe’s leading electric vehicle charging solutions company, has completed a 15 M€ round of capital injections – led by Iberdrola, with other co-investors and some of Wallbox’s current partners – which will allow it to reinforce its leadership and undertake global expansion.

The operation strengthens the business partnership between both companies and, fits into Iberdrola’s Sustainable Mobility Plan, which includes rolling out 25,000 electric vehicle charging stations throughout Spain by 2021 and in the company’s other global markets.

The sustainable mobility leader

Iberdrola intends to drive and lead the transition to sustainable mobility and the electrification of transport as an effective way to combat climate change.

The company has a Sustainable Mobility Plan that entails deploying 25,000 electric vehicle charging stations in Spanish homes, companies, urban and suburban areas with public access by 2021.The plan includes installing fast, super-fast and ultra-fast charging stations at least every 100 km on the country’s main motorways and highways during 2019, making it possible to drive all the way across Spain in an electric vehicle.

Perseo, collaboration with start-ups to design the energy of the future

Innovation is a strategic variable for Iberdrola and the main tool for guaranteeing the company’s sustainability, efficiency and competitiveness.

Iberdrola has been collaborating with start-ups for over ten years through its 70 M€ Perseo Programme. Perseo helps the company to gain access to the technologies of the future and fosters the development of a dynamic, global ecosystem of technology companies and entrepreneurs that will improve the sustainability of the energy model.

Through Perseo, Iberdrola has brought more than 2,000 emerging companies into its ecosystem, developed pilot projects, over 30 of them in the last two years, and invested in 15 start-ups in areas such as energy storage, drones, robotics and artificial intelligence.

Wallbox, working towards a change in the mobility paradigm

Wallbox plans to become a global electric vehicle charging solutions supplier (smart chargers and the myWallbox platform) and is still at the forefront of the sector with the launch of a home DC charger in the second half of the year.

The initiative will be top of its class due to its features and bidirectional technology. It has already been assessed by the market and agreements have already been signed with major car manufacturers. This new technology will bring a disruptive change to electric vehicle charging systems worldwide.


Source: Iberdrola

InnoEnergy, Naturgy, Enagás, Barcelona Activa and CEiiA are promoting the 4th call for entries of Cleantech Camp, a programme designed for business ideas or start-ups that are entering the clean energy sector.

The programme, that will fund pilot projects with their industrial partners, will be implemented in Barcelona, Madrid and Porto and promotes Open Innovation. It will select a maximum of 15 aspiring projects and award funding amounting to over €50,000 to incentivise their development.

The programme promoters expect to receive ideas from which they can select projects that promote an efficient use of energy, the application of sustainable energies, the energy transition and digitisation in the field of energy. Cleantech Camp is looking for digital projects with an industrial vocation geared towards energy efficiency that facilitate the energy transition, distributed generation empowering the consumer, whose applications are developed on the basis of new technologies such as the blockchain, the use of Big Data and AI.

One of this year’s innovations is the inclusion of projects that focus on biogas, biomethane, hydrogen and Smart Factory, in addition to other themes already associated with the programme namely, energy efficiency, sustainable mobility, smart grids and smart cities and sustainable and renewable energy.

The selected projects will follow a training programme in Barcelona, Madrid and Porto over several weeks, and will benefit from the participation of ESADE as a training partner. The course will combine training and informative sessions, specialised workshops for the development of the projects and networking meetings, coordinated by different experts.

The projects will additionally be able to access working spaces at Barcelona Activa, the InnovaHub at Naturgy, the Enagás FAB and Enagás Venture Center in Madrid and the CEiiA facilities in Porto.

Global programme partners, Naturgy and Enagás, announce the following challenges

Naturgy is looking for solutions in the following fields:

• Artificial Intelligence applied to the client.
• Combined renewable gas and renewable electricity solutions.

It is also seeking new business models in:

• Sustainable mobility.
• Batteries and self-consumption.

Enagás is focusing on the following solutions and business models:

• Sustainable mobility using:
o VNG,
o renewable gas (biogas-biomethane),
o Power2Gas, and
o renewable hydrogen generation.
• Solutions for storage, regasification and the transport of natural gas and other renewable gases.

In June, the top three projects offering the greatest potential will be selected out of all the participants, receiving funding of €20,000, €10,000 and €5,000 respectively. These projects will also benefit from other contributions in kind from the different programme collaborators, to promote their growth and consolidation. One of the main innovations in this year’s edition is that the selected start-ups must submit a commercial pilot of their project. The Cleantech Camp jury will select three pilots to be co-funded by the programme and developed jointly with Naturgy, Enagás and CEiiA.

Fostering Open Innovation

Cleantech Camp is driven by InnoEnergy, Naturgy, Enagás (through its Corporate Entrepreneurship and Open Innovation Programme, ‘Enagás Emprende’) and Barcelona Activa. It enjoys the collaboration of the Portuguese research centre, CEiiA and the companies Ateknea, ZBM and Osborne that act as Knowledge Partners, bringing their expertise to the table in the fields of patents, legal regulations and public funding.

The programme is clearly committed to promoting Open Innovation between the driver companies and participating start-ups, in order to create a knowledge exchange ecosystem from which both large companies and emerging projects can benefit.

Register to take part in the programme online at www.cleantechcamp.com from 23 January to 24 February.

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FuturENERGY Dec. 18 - Jan. 2019

Last October, Groupe Renault unveiled its EZ-ULTIMO at the Paris Motor Show. This is the latest concept car in its range of robo-vehicles. The presentation of this vehicle has enabled Renault to reaffirm its vision of urban mobility of the future. The Drive the Future strategic plan emphasises the vision of Groupe Renault as regards mobility of the future. Renault aims to provide sustainable mobility for all, hence its commitment to connected, autonomous and shared e-mobility…

Iberdrola and IKEA have signed a cooperation agreement to promote sustainable mobility, under which the energy company will install over 50 e-vehicle charging stations and supply 100% renewable energy to the stores, logistics centres and corporate buildings of the decoration company in Spain in 2019.

With the aim of improving the daily lives of a majority of people, IKEA will offer free electric vehicle charging to all its customers. The stores in Málaga, Badalona and Zaragoza will be the first to have this equipment.

In parallel, Iberdrola will install charging stations at the IKEA main offices in San Sebastián de los Reyes and its logistics centre in Valls (Tarragona). The rollout in Spain, which will start this month, will be completed in 2019.

Clean energy handled from a mobile phone

The customers and users of these IKEA stations will recharge the batteries of their electric cars with 100% green energy, which comes from clean generating sources and has a certificate guaranteeing its renewable origins.

Also, whether they are customers of Iberdrola or not, they will be able to manage charging on their mobile phones using the app that the company has developed as part of itsSmart Mobility plan. With the Iberdrola Public Charging App, e-vehicle drivers will be able to geo-locate and book a charging station.

Iberdrola, leading the transition to sustainable mobility

The agreement forms part of Iberdrola’s plans to promote and lead the transition to sustainable mobility and the electrification of transport as an effective way to fight climate change.

The company has developed a Sustainable Mobility Plan that includes the installation of 25,000 charging stations in Spain in four years. The plan also includes implementing a network of fast, superfast and ultrafast charging stations that will be installed every 100 km on the major motorways and corridors of Spain between 2018 and 2019, which will make it possible to cross Spain from end to end in an electric car.

At the same time, the company is working on developing specific policies and actions to ‘mobilise’ all the players involved: the administration, companies, car manufacturers, etc. Iberdrola has therefore reached agreements or pacts with the various players involved to promote sustainability, such as AVIA, BMW, Renault, Hyundai, Groupe PSA, Volkswagen, Telefónica, the Spanish Electricity Grid, Pelayo, Auchan Retail Group Spain and ZITY.

Source: Iberdrola

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On October 8, in the context of the European Week of Cities and regions, Vice-President in charge of the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič and Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu participated to the launch of an interregional partnership on batteries.

The European Battery Alliance is part of our Energy Union Strategy and aims at strengthening clean mobility, fight climate change and reduce dependencies deriving from energy imports. Led by Slovenia and gathering Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Nouvelle Aquitaine in France, Andalucía, Basque country and Castilla y León in Spain and Lombardy in Italy, this interregional partnership will receive tailored support from the Commission to develop and scale-up joint projects in advanced materials for batteries, under the smart specialisation pilot action for interregional innovation.

Vice President Šefčovič said: “Regions are the living labs of our industrial policy. It is therefore excellent to see that the European Battery Alliance is now attracting those set to embrace this modernisation opportunity and join up with their strengths and capabilities. These interregional partnerships will play a crucial part in building a competitive, innovative and sustainable battery value chain in Europe, to capture a market that could grow to €250 billion annually by 2025 onwards. In the run to the first anniversary of the EU Battery Alliance next week, we will be showcasing that the EU has what it takes to become a global leader here.”

Commissioner Creţu added: “I hope this new partnership inspire other regions to think about how they can make best use of the available EU support for reinforcing the European value chain for batteries in the years to come, include in the next generation of Cohesion Policy programmes, for the 2021-2027.”

The pilot will run until the end of 2019 and the partnership will benefit from the support of special teams established within the Commission, involving experts from several thematic departments, but also from external experts on financial modelling, business plans or intellectual property. More information on the EU Battery Alliance and smart specialisation pilot actions for interregional innovation and industrial transition is available online.

SOURCE: European Commission


Special report focusing on sustainable mobility, published as a separate issue to the August-September 2018 edition of FuturENERGY

This special report includes the following:

More GDP, less CO2 and an extra 23,000 jobs: a vision of SPAIN committed to the electric vehicle
A unique opportunity for e-mobility
Rouen Normandy Autonomous Lab: e-mobility shared, autonomous and on-demand on the open road
The Barcelona metropolis supports shared e-bikes
The green charging market
Innovative, efficient and competitive urban transport solutions based on e-mobility
Madrid commits to sustainable mobility

Read more…

Over 150 million people in Latin America live in areas that exceed the air pollution limits permitted by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This body has classified the following Latin American conurbations as having the highest levels of air pollution: Santiago de Chile, Mexico City, Medellín, Bogotá, São Paulo, Buenos Aires and La Paz. Some of these, such as Santiago de Chile, Mexico City and Medellín, had to take contingency measures in 2017.

With most Latin American countries showing a stable and growing economy, large and expanding urban areas, a population that is growing at rates that are higher than in other regions and a vehicle fleet that is on the increase1, the effects on air quality and those relating to climate change have started to position the transport sector as high priority on the political agendas of the region.

The potential to mitigate the effects of Latin America’s transport sector on health and climate change through the introduction of electric vehicles (e-mobility) is huge, with the added advantage of having a power generation grid that enjoys a high level of participation from renewable energy. Read more…

Julián Gonzalez & Ana Milena Angel

Article published in: FuturENERGY April 2018

To guarantee a sustainable use of energy and to take advantage of Mexico’s natural resources, policies and actions for the coming 15 and 30 years have been established as part of the Transition Strategy to Promote the Use of Cleaner Technologies and Fuels, published in December 2016. An analysis of this Strategy identifies industry, buildings and transport as the main consumers of energy, with the latter sector accounting for 46% of the total energy consumed in the country. 92% of this energy corresponds to private transport, mainly in the form of the petrol and gasoline used by private passenger vehicles and the rest the form of diesel by passenger buses and trucks. This means that private passenger vehicles consume approximately 30% of the country’s entire energy.

As national economic development progresses, it is estimated that the demand for transport and mobility will continue to increase to meet sector requirements and those of the population in general. In this regard, the above Strategy identifies transport as one of the sectors with the greatest potential for energy abatement, by contributing 52% to the target established for 2050 to achieving a savings potential of 3,190 PJ (42%). For this, the energy intensity of end consumption has to be reduced by 1.9% per annum over the period 2016-2030 and by 3.7% for the period 2031-2050.

To help comply with this objective, actions are promoted to make a better use of energy in transport, in particular by fostering sustainable cities that will enable a greater use of efficient vehicular technologies, as well as the strengthening of the infrastructure that facilitates the integration of modes of transport such as electric vehicles. Read more…

Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez
Deputy Secretary for Energy Planning and Transition of the Mexican Secretariat of Energy (SENER)

Article published in: FuturENERGY April 2018

BYD is strengthening its position in the Spanish bus market. BYD and TUSGSAL signed a contract this week for the delivery of eight BYD pure electric 12 metre buses to the city of Badalona in Barcelona province. It is the second Spanish order for BYD after being awarded the tender to deliver one 12 metre ebus to bus operator EMT in Valencia in April 2017.

It is the first pure electric bus fleet for Badalona. The eight ebuses are expected to be delivered in the beginning of 2019 and soon after delivery they will service routes in the city of Badalona.

Alfonso Suarez, Deputy Director and Secretary of the Board at TUSGSAL, said: “We are very excited about our first purchase of electric buses and delighted that BYD will supply them. It will be the first electric bus fleet in Badalona and we are looking forward to next year when we will start operating them.”

Isbrand Ho, Managing Director at BYD Europe said: “Just a month after we confirmed the order of eight ebuses to Portugal, a new market for BYD, we are delighted to have confirmed this Spanish order. Thanks to TUSGSAL, citizens in Badalona will benefit from improved air quality with the help of our buses.This development underlines BYD’s growing market expansion across Europe – in this case in the competitive Iberian peninsula”.

Iberdrola plans to install a total of 25,000 e-vehicle charging points in Spain by 2021. Most of them – 16,000 – will be installed in homes and the remaining 9,000 in companies that would like to offer this service to their employees or customers. In line with its commitment to promoting sustainable mobility and offering its customers products and services they want when they want them, Iberdrola has launched its new Smart Mobility plan to promote electric mobility.

Smart Mobility is a global comprehensive solution that includes the acquisition of a charging station, its installation and guarantee, the consultation and the possibility of operating it in real time and remotely through a simple app available for all IOS and Android devices (Smart Mobility Hogar app), and a supply contract that is adapted to each customer.

Iberdrola has also designed a specific electricity plan to charge e-vehicles at the homes that take advantage of the lowest cost times of day (from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m.) to charge the battery for less, cutting the estimated cost to 50 cents for every 100 kilometres. Electric charging has been calculated as being 10 times cheaper than petrol.

Iberdrola is committed to supplying 100% green electricity and has a certificate guaranteeing it is from renewable sources that ensures that this energy comes from clean generation.

Iberdrola, with sustainable mobility

The company promotes electric mobility in line with its commitment to sustainability. The electrification of transportation is an effective way to fight climate change which is why the company has a Sustainable Mobility Plan that involves employees, company, customers, and suppliers through specific actions which aim to promote sustainable mobility.

Iberdrola has also incorporated the United Nations’ Agenda Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into its business strategy and Sustainability Policy. Iberdrola’s investment in electric mobility contributes directly to achieving Goals 13 (action for the climate) and 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and indirectly to Goals 3 (health and well-being), 8 (decent work and economic growth) and 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure).

Source: Iberdrola