Strong support to the academic world and technological innovation
We support education, technology transfer and the establishment of universal access to energy services through different university chairs.
Learn about Iberdrola's main chairs:
Created between Iberdrola-AVANGRID and the MIT in 2017, the purpose of this Chair is to promote research and training on electrical systems, as part of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITei) framework, for which a five million dollar fund will be allocated.
Different employees of AVANGRID, Inc. collaborated with students and recent graduates of the MIT to answer the question 'What is the next great idea for the energy sector?' in the AVANGRID Innovation Challenge, a competition designed to stimulate innovation in the energy sector.
Five teams worked to find solutions to the current challenges faced by the energy sector, with the help of emerging technologies. These teams participated in the competition to win a 2,500 dollar prize for each member of the team and the opportunity to have AVANGRID monitor their projects and assess their potential implementation.
Attendees to the AVANGRID Innovation Challenge.
ALPHA Energy was the winner of the AVANGRID Innovation Challenge, thanks to its distributed energy resource integration solutions. The team presented a solution that provides a response to inverse demand, known as 'dynamic electrification', which allows industrial clients to automatically change from conventional heating to electrical heating systems, according to the real-time conditions of the energy market.
Iberdrola drives two Chairs with the Pontificia Comillas University. One of them is the Iberdrola Chair in Energy and Innovation at the University of Comillas-ICAI, which was created in October 2012 with the following goals:
- To be an instrument for formalising a stable partnership agreement between the University and Iberdrola to carry out research, innovation and training activities in fields of knowledge of strategic interest to Iberdrola.
- The creation of a University-Iberdrola link to render a strategic nature to this alliance within the field of innovative knowledge creation and transfer that goes beyond the strictly economic area.
- To be a tool that enables the University to boost research, development, innovation and teaching, as well as work for different social and cultural causes without having to provide full-time personnel.
For its part, the Iberdrola Financial and Business Ethics Chair was presented in November 2018, which has the main aim of encouraging education and fostering the concepts and principles of business and professional ethics in all of its spheres.
The Vice-Chancellor of the Pontificia Comillas University, Julio L. Martínez, S.J., and the Chairman of Iberdrola, Ignacio Galán, signed the agreement at the Comillas ICADE heardquarters.
The Chair, which has now fostered 15 years of reflection and research into business ethics and CSR, is initially set to last three academic years starting right away.
The Chair will continue to be directed by José Luis Fernández, a professor from the Business Management Department in the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences (Comillas ICADE), along with two senior managers from Iberdrola: Dolores Herrera, Head of Compliance, and Agustín Delgado, Head of Innovation, Sustainability and Quality.
The Eighth Centenary Iberdrola Chair was created in 2016 as an action framework that formalises the collaboration between both organisations and promotes education, research and innovation in fields of knowledge of special interest to both entities. Its main purpose is to foster University-Business technology transfer and become a framework for collaboration in the launch of R&D projects and training initiatives in common areas of interest. It also seeks to promote specialised training in fields of knowledge which are of greatest interest to Iberdrola, and to carry out other social and cultural activities.
Over the first year of work, Chair Director Susana Lagüela's team has developed a tool based on public geospatial data for automatic rooftop solar production calculation, meant for use in optimising the design of a photovoltaic installation adapted to the needs of specific users. The system, called ENER3DMap, was presented in December 2018.
Furthermore, the University of Salamanca — in collaboration with the Complutense University of Madrid — has developed an innovative study that contributes to the optimisation of electricity distribution networks by reducing their environmental impact. Specifically, from environmental and technical information, the researchers have designed a digital tool that provides a reliable estimate of the existing risk to birds of prey of electrical line supports on the electricity network of Castilla y León, which is managed by Iberdrola and is the initial area subject to study.
The Eighth Centenary Iberdrola Chair is the first of the Eighth Centenary Chairs of the University Excellence Program (USAL) approved by the Interinstitutional Commission to commemorate the eight centuries of the USAL in 2018. The aim is to create research, teaching, and knowledge transfer units, designed to incorporate prestigious researchers into the academic institution through a public-private partnership system. This Chair focuses on the analysis and viability of different technologies and business models, which can be implemented to create a decarbonised world that is connected to the grid and it is developed within a period of two years which can be extended.
ScottishPower Chair in Smart Grid Technology
Constituted by ScottishPower with the University of Strathclyde in 2007, the Chair carries out research to tackle some of the challenges facing the energy sector and serves as a basis for reinforcing international impact and industrial consortia in this area of engineering.