In Europe, Spain's non-profit research organisation Tecnalia has invested €14 million in laboratories for the research, development and certification of electrical equipment for smart grids.
The laboratories, which are located at the Bizkaia Science and Technology Park in northern Spain, form part of Tecnalia’s InGRID experimental infrastructure for smart grids.
Tecnalia claims the labs are the first private applied research and technological development centre in Spain, and will bring together more than 1,400 experts from around the world, to develop commercial applications.
The new facilities are aimed to be the ‘European benchmark facility’ for researching smart grids and will focus on servicing electrical equipment manufacturing sector as well as utilities.
The investment also marks the completion of Tecnalia’s offering in low, medium and high voltage electrical research.
Increasing smart grid competitiveness
The laboratory facilities will be available “for the industrial scientific-technological communities to test the equipment and systems that will integrate and configure the power grids of the future,” the organisation said in a statement, in a bid to increase the global competitiveness of the energy sector in the Basque region.
Technalia said that: “These new facilities will also provide support to the highly capable electricity sector entrepreneurial network in the Basque Country in order to develop innovative and competitive products on a global level.”
Energy serves as a strategic and competitiveness indicator and is a main contributor to GDP in Spain's Basque region.