Energy is a strategic sector in Basque Country
The energy sector in the Basque Country is strategic and highly dynamic throughout the value chain and in the manufacture of equipment or services for the installation and maintenance of energy infrastructures. The Basque Country is internationally positioned as a knowledge hub and a centre of world-class industry.
Basque companies in the energy sector are backed by a robust scientific-technological infrastructure, led by the CIC Energigune Cooperative Research Centre, which is an example of the commitment to knowledge generation and innovation in this sector. The centre has the backing of public institutions and administrations as well as companies directly related to the energy sector. It aims to drive and coordinate the Basque Country’s technology strategy in the energy sector and has innovative facilities, state of-the-art equipment, an experienced management team and a scientific committee made up of leading scientists, entrepreneurs and industry experts.
Furthermore, the Basque Country has promoted an Advanced Manufacturing Centre for the wind sector (WINDBOX) with investment of €13m to enhance the technological positioning and international competitiveness of suppliers of sub-systems and products for the wind sector. It is backed by the Basque companies Adwen, Antec, Erreka, Gamesa, Hine, Glual, LauLagun and Wec, with the pull-power of the Energy Cluster, the logistical support of IK4-Tekniker and funding from the Basque Government Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness and from SPRI.
EVE, the Basque Energy Agency, is the Basque Government agency responsible for developing projects and initiatives in line with the policies defined by the government for an energy policy based on energy efficiency, the diversification of our energy sources and the promotion of renewable energies. It proposes strategies and is actively involved in their development.
Basque Energy Cluster is made up of the Basque Country’s leading companies in the value chain of the energy sector (energy operators, equipment and component manufacturers and services companies), agents in the Basque scientific-technological field and public administration bodies with responsibilities in the energy sector.
Following leading international Basque drivers
Iberdrola in the production, distribution and sale of energy at an international level as the leading energy group in Spain, world leader in renewable energy and one of the largest electrical companies worldwide.(*)The Basque companies Gamesa and Iberdrola, through their subsidiaries Gamesa Wind and Iberdrola Renewables respectively, have signed an agreement for the supply of 208 megawatts in the United States.
Global technology leader in the worldwide wind power industry, backed by twenty years’ experience and the installation of over 34,600 MW in 56 countries. Its integral response in this market also includes the management of operation and maintenance (O&M). (*)The Basque companies Gamesa and Iberdrola, through their subsidiaries Gamesa Wind and Iberdrola Renewables respectively, have signed an agreement for the supply of 208 megawatts in the United States.
Energy efficiency, diversification of energy sources and
the promotion of renewable energies are the basis of the energy policy in the Basque Country.
CONSOLIDATED STRATEGIC SECTORS
- Bidelek project: Implementation of smart grids.
- Ingrid project: High power and high voltage labs.
- Wind Box Advanced Manufacturing Center
- BIMEP: offshore prototype test platform for wave energy converters.
- Mutriku Wave Energy Plant. Power Generation from wave movement.
- Project IBIL: Charging points (Repsol + EVE)
- Cooperative Research Centre CIC Energigune