The technological centre, IK4-IKERLAN, develops industrial projects with different companies and participates in some of the most important projects in Europe for the development and application of these technologies.
The energy storage systems, the energy management and power electronics have been the investigation target of sectors such as transport, renewable resources or production processes, which aim at increasing their competitiveness through real solutions with more functions or less costs. These will also allow them to raise the efficiency and reliability levels, offering sustainable and more environmental friendly solutions.
Within this context, the technological centre IK4-IKERLAN currently cooperates with the most outstanding companies in the development of these technologies in their products, as is the case of CAF, Vectia (an affiliate of the CAF Group), Orona, Fagor Ederlan, Iberdrola Renovables and Cegasa, among others.
Furthermore, with the objective of continuing incorporating new knowledge in these sectors, the technological centre Arrasate-Mondragón has an outstanding participation in European Union commitment to look for new solutions to the main challenges of the management sector and the energy storage.
In this sense, the entity in charge of the investigation is the technological allied company of the Ghost and Assured projects, which aim at developing new electrical mobility systems for the transport sector and which will lead an initiative called ETEKINA so as to improve the energy efficiency in the industry.
The three projects are being carried out within the H2020 programme of the European Committee and that is why there is a total budget that amounts to more than 30 million Euros.
Improving the energy behaviour in industrial processes
Within the framework of the ETEKINA project, which started in 2017 and which will last four years, the technological centre is working on the development and validation of heat exchangers based on heating ducts for the sector related to steel, ceramic and non-ferrous metals.
The project is expected to be terminated with the installation of devices in real environments, such as in the plant of Fagor Ederlan in Arrasate, at the premises of SIJ Metal Ravne in Slovenia and in the plant of Ceramiche Atlas Concorde Spa, in Italy.