R&D

Innovation is one of the main tools for a company to guarantee its sustainability, efficiency and competitiveness. In our case, our continued commitment to innovation has made us the most innovative Spanish utility, and the third most innovative in Europe, according to the European Commission's classification.

TopStories
  • The prestigious London School of Economics estimates that by 2050 almost 70% of the world's population will live in cities. Until then we have many challenges to overcome to make cities more sustainable, inclusive and habitable, a fact that is recognised by the United Nations' (UN) New Urban Agenda.

    According to the first list published by Fortune magazine in 1955, 429 of the 500 most important companies in the world no longer exist. In a volatile society like ours, where the digital revolution is changing the way we consume, communicate and get information, companies — like species — must adapt to survive.

  • Plastic is environmentally harmful because it does not degrade: did you know that plastic bottles can take more than five centuries to break down? But, what if bottles and other plastic waste could be transformed to our advantage? Armed with this challenge, researchers from Rutgers University in the United States have created a 100% recycled and recyclable thermoplastic material which is now being used in construction. This led to the creation of the world's longest recycled plastic bridge located in the Scottish county of Peeblesshire.

    Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that allows virtual elements to be superimposed onto our vision of reality. Increasingly more in demand, by 2020 AR will become a business that verges on 120 billion dollars on a global scale.

  • In recent years, chatbots have been perfected and made their way into day-to-day tasks related to customer service. They ask questions, they answer, and they converse to make our life easier, but are they really as effective as they seem? They offer many advantages, although there are still some problems to solve.

    Self-driving cars, assistants that translate instantly from one language to another or personalized purchase suggestions. Complex tasks that used to be a fantasy are now possible thanks to Machine Learning, a discipline that allows computers to learn by themselves and perform tasks autonomously without the need to be programmed.