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IMDEA Energy
Research Center

Avenida Ramón de la Sagra, 3
28935 Móstoles Madrid


IMDEA Energy Institute was created in 2006 as non-profit Foundation to promote and carry out R&D&i activities to contribute to the development of a sustainable and decarbonised energy system.
IMDEA Energy is strongly committed to the transfer of R&D outcomes to the productive sector and to seek joint efforts with other technology research centers and universities, promoting excellence in research on energy issues and complementarity among different entities. IMDEA Energy gathers cutting edge skills and significant experience in R&D, testing and assessment of energy technologies and offers these services to private companies, universities and research and technological centers. In 2020, it obtained the accreditation of ‘María de Maeztu’ Unit of Excellence, granted by the State Research Agency to identify and promote excellence in high-impact scientific research.
Research lines:
- Production of sustainable fuels: hydrogen, biofuels and valorized wastes
- Solar power
- Energy storage: electrochemical, thermal and thermochemical systems
- Energy systems with enhanced efficiency
- Power systems and Demand Management
- Valorization of CO2 emissions
- Analysis and assessment of energy systems

IMDEA Energy is part of regional, national and European networks: 

Regional (Madrid): Madrid Business Forum; Madrid Network; CITT Cluster of technological innovation and talent in semiconductors of Comunidad de Madrid; CITT Cluster of technological innovation and talent in biomedical technologies and biotechnology of Comunidad de Madrid; CITT Cluster of technological innovation and talent on space technologies of Comunidad de Madrid; Madrid WCC Association Madrid World Capital of Engineering, Construction and Architecture.

National (Spain): AeH2 Spanish Association of Hidrogen; Alliance of Energy Research and Innovation (ALINNE); Spanish Technological Platform on Hydrogen (PTEH2); Spanish Technological Platform Solar Concentra; Spanish Technological Platform for Biomass (BIOPLAT); Spanish Technological Platform for Energy Efficiency (PTE-EE); Spanish Electrical Grid Platform (FutuRed); Spanish Technological Platform on CO2 (PTECO2); Spanish Technological Platform for Automotive and Mobility (Move2future); Spanish Technological Platform on Home Automation and Smart (Smart Living Plat); Spanish Network of Life Cycle Assessment; Network LIGNOCEL on Biotechnology of lignocellulosic materials; Spanish Energy Club; ENERTIC Platform; Protermosolar; Spanish Association for the Internationalization of the Electronics, Computing and Telecommunications Companies (SECARTYS); Spanish Biogas Association, AEBIG; GASNAM, Iberian Association for Natural Gas in Mobility; AEPIBAL, Business Association of Batteries and Energy Storage; BATTERYPLAT Technological Platform for Innovation and Energy Storage; SusPlast Interdisciplinary platform of sustainable plastics for a circular economy (CSIC); AIF Iberian Association of Photocatalysis; FEIQUE Business Federation of the Spanish Chemical Industry; SUSCHEM Technological Platform for Sustainable Chemistry; SOMMa Alliance of Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu centres; MaterPlat Technological Platform for Materials and Advanced Nanomaterials; AEDES Spanish Association of Solar Energy; E3TECH Network of Excellence Environmental and Energy Applications of Electrochemical Technology; Spanish Railway Technology Platform (PTFE); Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry (RSEQ); SECAT Spanish Society of Catalysis; SISE Thematic network on ionic systems for energy sustainability; FOTOPLAT Spanish platform on photovoltaics; NEUTRAL TRANSPORT Technological platform for carbon-neutral gas for transport.

International: EERA (European Energy Research Alliance), in the Joint Programs energy storage, concentrating solar thermal power, advanced materials and processes for energy applications; Hydrogen Europe Research (HER); Biobased Industries Consortium (BIC); International Solar Energy Society (ISES); International Energy Agency. SolarPaces & Hydrogen; European Battery Alliance (EBA250); ETIP Batteries Europe; ETIP-SNET Smart Networks for Energy Transition; European Clean Hydrogen Alliance.

IMDEA Energy

IMDEA Energy

Contact Person
Félix Marín
Head of Development and Technology Transfer

Pilot plants:

  • Solar test lab for characterization of reactive and structural materials at high temperature and/or high sunlight flux density in order to identify their chemical and thermo-mechanical behaviour. The lab includes a vertical furnace composed of three independent heating zones (up to 1,500 ºC) and the Flux Solar Simulator Kiran-42 with an electrical power of 42 kWe that, with the use of seven 6- kWe short-arc Xenon lamps, is able to reach irradiances at the focal point above 3,500 kW/m2 and a total radiant power of 12 kW.
  • Electrochemical devices test laboratory for the programming of different test procedures and charge and discharge cycles. The test bench allows analysing the performance of batteries and other electrochemical devices, cyclability, aging and failure modes.
  • Smart grids laboratory for the simulation of electrical systems operation, including renewable energy integration, storage systems, power line impedances, cabinets for distribution of CC and AC, power loads active and reactive and motors testing bench. The objective is to improve the management of the energy resources and energy balance and stability in the system.
  • Plant for the production of advanced fuels and other products from organic waste (biomass, plastics, etc.), including equipment for the treatment of waste by grinding and drying, pyrolysis reactors at different scales, furnace for the activation of biochars and hydrochars (bench scale) and system for the assays of NOx and/or CO adsorption.
  • Photobioreactors pilot plant which has been designed in order to compare and optimise two of the most common algae cultivation systems and cyanobacteria.
  • Solar fuels photoreactor formed by a compound parabolic concentrator (CPC) coupled to a gas chromatograph.
  • Solar field consisting of 169 heliostats, 3 m2 each, with an experimental platform located on top of a 18 m height tower. This facility allows testing receivers, reactors and materials up to 250 kW thermal power under irradiances above 2500 kW/m2.

Characterization and analysis techniques:

  • X-ray diffraction, three diffractometers are available: X-ray diffraction with structural PDF analysis and controlled atmosphere chamber up to 900 °C and 10 bar. Single crystal diffraction.
  • Microscopy: Atomic force, SEM scanning electron and optical. Deserves mentioning the field emission scanning electron microscope (FEG-SEM) and the 120 kV transmission electron microscope.
  • Spectroscopic techniques: FTIR, (DRIFT, ATR and VEEMAX), UV-vis-NIR, Raman and Fluorescence.
  • Elemental analysis: ICP-OES and elementary analyzer of C,H,O,N,S.
  • Thermal analysis: by means of two TG up to 1450°C. TG-DTA in an oxidising (air), inert (Ar) or reductive (10% H2/Ar) atmosphere.
  • Textural properties: by means of two conventional gas adsorption-desorption analyzers and a chemisorption equipment.
  • Chemical characterisation: mass spectrometry, gas/mass chromatography, NOx analysis by chemiluminescence, GC-MS coupled pyrolysis (Py-GC-MS), oxidative decomposition analysis (AOD) and ion chromatography.
  • Thermal Diffusivity.
  • Biotechnological characterisation: GC and HPLC equipped with different columns and detectors (IR, MS, UVVIS, HPAEC-PAD). Electrophoresis instrumentation for recombinant DNA technology, protein purification and analysis.
  • High pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (NAP-XPS).
  • Kinetic photophysical studies, Transient absorption spectroscopy and photoluminescence.

IMDEA Energy can provide a full range of services the different industrial sectors going from material design, testing and processing, to the development of prototypes and R&D projects collaboration on sustainable energy technologies and circular economy:

  • Scientific and technological study, initial design and simulation
  • Proof of concept, lab testing of basic experimental set-up and characterisation
  • Component and process development & testing
  • Prototyping development & testing
  • Pilot or demonstration lines.
  • R&D projects with private funding or that could be submitted to international calls: Horizon Europe, ERA Net, EIC Pathfinder, Life, EDF, QNRF,... IMDEA Energy has experience in the participation and coordination of projects in these calls.
  • Technology transfer.
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