We are moving towards new Solutions
We are committed to sustainable and efficient energy models. And in our commitment to sustainability, we have created the first Energy Transition Chair in Galicia in collaboration with the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC). This initiative is part of Our Energy Transition Plan, which guides our steps towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda. The close collaboration with the university allows us to share knowledge and research in these directions.
Why a Chair in Energy Transition?
We believe in knowledge
Science, research, analysis and debate are the way to advance towards to clean energy.
It provides us with a global view of the challenges we face.
Collaboration with the academic world enriches us and brings new points of view to achieve sustainable development goals.
Provides a stable framework for collaboration
It fosters public-private collaboration and ensures continuous, in-depth and relevant contact between academic activity and the energy industry.
Allows knowledge exchange and the creation of strategic alliances.
With the aim of implementing actions in fields such as teaching and research.
A place for the search of tangible results
The aim of the chair is to encourage research, promote teaching and disseminate knowledge in the field of energy transition, and more specifically in those aspects oriented towards distributed energy systems. This initiative also enables the development of complementary activities in the field of energy transition, specifically in the following areas:
- Development and innovation of self-sustainable distributed energy grid technologies and systems based on zero carbon fuels.
- Integration of Industrial Power to X Systems based on zero carbon H2.
- Analysis of energy transition processes using sustainability indicators.
- Ecodesign of distributed energy generation systems.
- Optimal control of distributed energy generation systems.
The strength of collaboration
Our collaboration with the University of Santiago de Compostela started in 2017 when we initiated R&D&I projects together with the Research Group 2058 Engineering and Management of Sustainable Processes and Products (PRODES).
The short and medium-term objective is to seek maximum carbon neutrality both in the eco-design of distributed generation units and in the corporate carbon footprint.
The collaboration includes different projects, among them:
- The use of non-petroleum fuels (more specifically derived from biomass by gasification) in distributed energy systems to reduce their carbon footprint.
- The development of a prototype of a 0 carbon distributed energy generation system, based on the generation of hydrogen from renewable sources and the identification of the carbon footprint of our equipment.
Much more than research
The initiative goes beyond research. Therefore, the programme also includes the promotion and development of activities that contribute to reflection and debate on energy transition, the inclusion of energy transition in undergraduate and master’s degree courses, the promotion of dissertations and doctorates related to these objectives, internships at our facilities, helping students to find employment and organising specialisation courses and seminars, among many other actions.
Where are we located
The headquarters of the Energy Transition Chair are located in the GI-2058 (Engineering and Management of Sustainable Processes and Products) Laboratories, Laboratory 2.4 of the Engineering College of the USC (ETSE) and the facilities of CETED (Distributed Energy Technology Centre), located in our headquarters in Bergondo (A Coruña).