The Technological Institute of Energy accelerates the opportunities of the Valencian industry in Europe




The Technological Institute of Energy (ITE), with its energy transition projects and digitization, accelerates the opportunities of the Valencian industry in Europe. In addition, it highlights that Spain has before it a “unique opportunity” to transform its production model and keep pace with its European neighbors.

Thus, the initiative NextGeneration EU This will mean a “leap forward” for the Spanish economy, since in the recovery strategy set by Europe, the energy transition and digitization account for seventy percent of the funds, so research and projects such as those developed in the ELITE -with the support of IVACE– will play an important role in the economic reactivation.

Energy becomes, therefore, an “extraordinarily relevant” vector in the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan of the Spanish Economy and, as Europe moves towards becoming the first major economy in the world to become climate neutral in By 2050, all member countries must redouble their efforts. “Orchestrated by a common policy, opportunities are beginning to multiply, also in the Valencian industrial fabric”, they underline.

In this context, ITE experts place Spanish companies at the forefront in the knowledge and development of technologies that promote change of energy model, from energy “smart devices” to technologies that are capable of converting the renewable energy vector into the facilitator of the real and lasting decarbonisation of the European economy.

Together they work on a technological bet that crystallizes in three lines of action, which allow the productive fabric to join the economic recovery that the new energy model will bring with it. It is about the deployment of local and citizen energy communities, channeled through the GAMMA project, co-financed by the Generalitat Valenciana through the Ivace and the Regional Development Funds (Feder).

In addition, another line of action is the promotion of a scenario of battery manufacturing and energy storage systems (both lines in which ITE is a center of excellence recognized by the ministry), and the strategy for the development of green hydrogen infrastructures for the decarbonisation of energy-intensive sectors with sources that are currently not renewable.

The development of a renewable hydrogen roadmap is one of the lever policies to attract European funds. In this sense, there are already industrial strategies on green hydrogen, in which the ITE is a catalyst together with companies, and which will be applied to energy-intensive sectors.

In this field, opportunities arise in the sustainable production of this energy source, the promotion of its consumption, its distribution possibilities and the transversal activities linked to digitization, an element that enhances these new technological solutions. Therefore, in the ITE They work with integrated energy management systems with the ability to transfer them in a digital demonstration environment.

The new model of mobility and electrification The automotive industry also opens a path to new business. In 2023, Spain should have more than 100,000 charging points (today there are not 7,000) and 500,000 electric vehicles on the roads (currently about 10,000 are registered a year). “The scale of the effort is almost titanic but the horizon that this situation entails is positive,” he adds.

The ITE has been working on the development of new energy storage systems for some time. Currently the vast majority are manufactured in Asia, so Europe must boost its development and manufacture to avoid that dependence. For this, different initiatives and platforms have been launched, such as the European Battery Alliance, Batteries Europe, Battery 2030+ and the Intelligent Specialization Platform, S3.

“Batteries are a very interesting and critical point in the energy transition strategy, but it is still necessary to delve into aspects such as the development of advanced lithium cells (high energy density) through printing manufacturing; improving battery life through cell balancing and optimization of charge and discharge cycles; new designs for battery enclosures and optimization of the cooling system and solutions to improve sustainability in electric vehicle batteries: recycling and second life in circular economy environments ”, explain the technicians.

In the implementation of the recharging network, the ITE X-ray three important technological challenges to be faced by developing innovative solutions. The first is the loading speed, which will depend largely on the vehicle; the second, the V2G or V2H recharging stations, capable of communicating with the vehicle and the general or domestic electrical network to take advantage of the energy accumulated in the vehicle’s battery as a source of its own self-consumption or to cover peaks in demand from the general network . Third is cargo management through demand prediction and digitization tools.

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