OPEN INNOVATION AND PARTNERSHIPS
We promote training and research on innovative and sustainable projects
Iberdrola is working on ensuring universal access to energy services, boosting knowledge in specific areas of science, energy and information technology and R&D projects, in collaboration with universities and institutions.
The company practices an open and decentralised model of R&D management, which highlights the participation of technology providers, companies, universities, technology centres, industrial organisations and public institutions, etc. through programs and agreements.
These special collaborations represent an important path to:
- Foster University-Business-Society knowledge transfer.
- Promote the launch of R&D projects in different areas, such as smart grids, alternative and renewable energies and in relation to ensuring universal access to energy services, among others.
- Promoting specialised training in the fields of greatest interest to Iberdrola.
- Materialising social commitment with allocation models that are affordable and inclusive.
An example is Iberdrola's Supplier Innovation Program, which focuses on three pillars: facilitating access to financing mechanisms, fostering the joint creation of companies (spin-offs with suppliers) and favouring innovative purchasing from small and medium-sized enterprises. The Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and Iberdrola will share good practices in relation to innovative acquisition procedures, as well as co-investment opportunities within the framework of the INNVIERTE program.
Orkestra is an initiative launched by the Basque Institute of Competitiveness, which pertains to the Deusto Foundation, an organisation devoted to transferring scientific knowledge to society. Through this organisation, Iberdrola participates as a trustee in the Energy Chair, created in 2011, which works around four areas:
- Energy and market economy
- Transport and energy
- Energy, technology and industry: competitiveness and industrial development
- Energy geopolitics
Iberdrola Chair for the Establishment of Universal Access to Basic Energy Services, in collaboration with the UPM
This Chair was created in response to a call from the international community to governments, companies, civil society and the academic world to join forces with a view to widening global access to modern forms of energy through environmentally sustainable, economically viable and socially inclusive supply models. Iberdrola and the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), through its Centre for Innovation in Technologies for Human Development (itdUPM), join forces to train, disseminate and identify possible R&D actions that give rise to innovative projects in the field of universal access to energy services.
The purpose of this Chair created in 2000 at the University of New Mexico (UNM) is to further research and acquire knowledge within specific areas of science, information technology and energy, preferably in smart grids and alternative and renewable energy sources.