CIRCECIRCE, Centre of Research for Energy Resources and Consumption
CIRCE Foundation (Centre of Research for Energy Resources and Consumption) was established in 1993 as an independent Research Centre to create and develop innovative solutions and scientific/technical knowledge and to transfer them to the business sector in the field of energy. CIRCE’s mission is to drive forward improvements in energy efficiency and to spread the use of renewable energy by means of the development of R+D+i activities and formative actions, thereby contributing to a sustainable development. Over 190 professionals with a broad variety of profiles compose the team of people working at CIRCE. Since 1993, CIRCE has participated in more than 1.000 R&D&I projects at national and international level and has trained more than 1.850 professionals from 47 countries within the postgraduate courses CIRCE promotes. In year 2001, CIRCE was recognized as National Centre of Innovation and Technology. CIRCE maintains a national leadership position in the field of Energy Efficiency, being the 3rd national research centre getting more projects in competitive calls during period 2004-2007 in Spain. The main research topics in CIRCE are: energy efficiency, wind and solar power, natural resources, bioenergy, electrical substations, smart-grids and storage, thermal power systems and emissions reduction, sustainable mobility and energy socioeconomics.
CIRCE is member of the Spanish Energy Efficiency Technology Platform (PTE-EE). At European level, CIRCE is member of platforms and associations related to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy such as: the European Renewable Energy Centres Agency (EUREC), the European EE Association (E2BA), European Energy Research Alliance (EERA), Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency (SPIRE), European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), European Academy of Wind Energy (EAWE), Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), European Zero emissions Platform (ETP ZEP), European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP), European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO).
CIRCE is also a very active actor in the R&D and Renewable Energy integration projects at the Spanish and European levels. As a proof of its experience in international projects, currently CIRCE is involved in 23 FP7 projects (being the coordinator of 6 of them) and 6 H2020 projects (being the coordinator of 2 of them). CIRCE has participated in more than 60 European projects within FP7, FP6 and other European Programs.