Scientific Research Areas
Main Scientific Research Areas
1. Description of the scientific domain
The Canary Islands is an ultraperipherical and fragmented region with limited water and power resources and with an economy mostly dependent on the tourist activities, the development of these areas have allowed the region to face the challenges that the progress has set out in the last decades.
2. Description of main CoE
CANARY ISLANDS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (ITC)
In the area of Research and Development, the Canary Islands have, together with other Technology Centres, the Canary Islands Institute of Technology (ITC). It is the representative in the Canary Islands of the Network of Innovation Relay Centres (SEIRC), Network of Business Centres (EBN) and Regional Economy Agencies (EURADA) and has as its main purpose to encourage interaction between those bodies which are involved in the technological, industrial and business process: the Canary Islands Government, the Universities and other Centres of Research and Development, publicly and privately-owned companies and the Agencies of the Spanish State and the European Union. Its purpose is to serve as an example in the process of transfer of Research and Development to demonstration and production and is mainly based on applied research groups in the Canarian universities.
The Institute is at present at the leading edge on the world scene in the development of the management and use of renewable energy sources and the desalination of seawater. Their R&D lines are:
Others activities areas of this Institute are:
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Canary Islands Institute of Technology (ITC)
THE TECHNOLOGICAL AND RENEWABLE ENERGY INSTITUTE (ITER)
The Tenerife Island Council created the REI in 1990 with the aim of enhancing the development of systems that use renewable energies and coordinating R+D energy projects that are carried out in Tenerife. The center was conceived of as an area of experimentation and information, where different projects that are undertaken by the Institute, such as the Wind Farms, the Wind Tunnel and the Bioclimatic houses are located. Its facilities are situated on the Industrial Estate of Granadilla, on the south coast of the island of Tenerife, with a surface area of 400,000 m2.
The majority of the projects carried out by ITER are financed by the European Commission, although many others are funded by local, national and overseas agencies. Many of these are related to the use of renewable energy sources while others are connected with the satisfaction of local requirements on an island of volcanic origin, such as research into water resources on The Islands and seismic and volcanic monitoring.
ITER, as co-ordinator, together with the Solar Energy Institute of the Universidad Politécnica in Madrid and BP Solar have installed in Granadilla a 480kw photovoltaic concentration plant based on the EUCLIDES prototype, the largest of its kind in the world.
The area of renewable energies is divided in 3 Departments: Wind, Integration and Thermal Solar energy. They are carrying out research, development and demonstration projects.
The building housing the ITER facilities is a bio-climatic construction located on the Granadilla Industrial Estate (Tenerife), where the institute has an area of 365,000 m², which constitutes the ideal space to carry out all kinds of projects related to alternative energies.
Technological and Renewable Energy Institute (ITER)
Last updated: 20-07-2011