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.

Iberdrola Chairs: Techonology, Innovation, Energy and Initiatives.


Learn about Iberdrola's main chairs:


  • Iberdrola-Avangrid Chair with the MIT

    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.

    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 Chair in Energy and Innovation at the University of Comillas-ICAI

    The Iberdrola Chair in Energy and Innovation at the University of Comillas-ICAI 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.
  • Iberdrola 8th Centenary Chairs at the University of Salamanca

    This Chair was created in 2008 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 parties. The main purpose of this Chair 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. The Chair 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.

    This is the first of the 8th 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 will focus 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.

    Therefore, the University of Salamanca has managed to act as a test bench for new formulas that can achieve improved talent retention, while reaching and achieving the much needed standards of excellence for the future.

  • Chair with the University of Strathclyde

    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.