TECNALIA Research & Innovation is the first private Research, Development and Innovation (R&D&I) organization in Spain and one of the leading ones in Europe, with a staff of 1500 experts (including 192 Doctors), 22 headquarters and a turnover of 120 million Euro.

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The mission of TECNALIA is to transform knowledge into GDP, improving people’s quality of life by generating business opportunities for companies. To accomplish this, TECNALIA is organised in 7 interconnected sectorial Divisions: Energy and Environment Division, Sustainable Construction Division, Industry and Transport Division, ICT – European Software Division, Innovation Strategies Division, Health Division, and Technological Services Division.

TECNALIA’s offer includes different activities: technological services, testing and certification, R&D&I projects, transfer of industrial property, business promotion, business diversification, innovation management and foreign support.

Smart Grid Research Area:

The Smart Grids Area, included in the Energy and Environment Division, is focused on:

  • Advanced power system architectures: microgrids for buildings and districts
  • Demand side management and demand response
  • Energy management and optimization in buildings
  • Integration of Distributed Energy Resources in the network
  • New power converters for grid connection
  • Communication for Smart Grids and smart metering applications
  • Electric mobility: infrastructure, grid integration and V2G applications
  • Business models analysis and development.

Research Infrastructure and Laboratory:

Among many other experimental facilities, the Energy and Environment Division of TECNALIA has a High Power Laboratory, a High Voltage Laboratory and a Low Voltage Laboratory for equipment testing, and a Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Laboratory equipped with several types of generation, storage and controllable loads, including an Electrical Vehicle Platform and a smart metering test bench. It is an accredited laboratory according to EN ISO/IEC 17025 and a member of many international standardisation committees like IEC/TC57 (“Power systems management and associated information exchange”), CIGRÉ SC C6 (“Distribution Systems and Dispersed Generation”), Group of Notified Bodies under the EMC Directive (ECANB), and many Technical Committees of AENOR (Spanish Association for Standardization and Certification).

Recent Publications:

  1. I. López, S. Ceballos, J. Pou, J. Zaragoza, J. Andreu, I. Kortabarria, V.G. Agelidis, “Modulation Strategy for Multiphase Neutral-Point-Clamped Converters”, in IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 31, no. 2, February, 2016.
  2. I. López, S. Ceballos, J. Pou, J. Zaragoza, J. Andreu, E. Ibarra, G. Konstantinou, “Generalized PWM-Based Method for Multiphase Neutral-Point-Clamped Converters With Capacitor Voltage Balance Capability”, in IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, no. 99, 2016.


TECNALIA Research & Innovation

Parque Tecnológico de Bizkaia
C/Geldo, Edificio 700
E-48160 Derio – Bizkaia