BCARE, a spin-off company that emerged from CIC energiGUNE to offer value-added services to the industry in the area of energy storage, has been selected by the promoters of “Energía Positiva+” to develop its project to digitize battery-based storage systems to boost decarbonization. BCARE’s proposal has been imposed among nearly 400 proposals from all over the State and will now have the opportunity to receive the support of one or more of the companies involved through funding or resources for innovation, investment, commercial development and structure.
“It is a great boost for our company and I would say that it is also a natural consequence of our commitment to a more efficient and sustainable economy,” said Javier Olarte, BCARE’s manager, which has already established itself as a strategic partner for companies in the field of energy storage. “In a very short time, BCARE has shown that it is possible to propose actions with enormous added value for industry in the field of energy storage, proposals that improve its services and products and, furthermore, that place it on the path to what the economy will demand after this crisis,” said Nuria Gisbert, President of the spin-off and Director of CIC energiGUNE, a leading Basque research center in electrochemical and thermal energy storage, and a member of the Basque Research & Technology Alliance-BRTA.
The Positive Energy+ call, a pioneer in Spain, was launched on 7 April in search of projects that, from an energy perspective, would articulate innovation as the main tool for promoting Spain’s economic and social recovery after the Covid-19 crisis. In just thirteen days, the call received a total of 396 proposals.
Before the end of this month, the company or companies participating in “Positive Energy+” interested in the BCARE proposal will close the collaboration agreement with the start-up. The components of the platform are Enagás, Red Eléctrica, CLH, Iberdrola, BP, EIT InnoEnergy, Acciona, Capital Energy and DISA. BCARE is already working for leading and recognized companies in its sector, such as Iberdrola, Acciona, Siemens-Gamesa or Volvo. The objective is that from June, the selected start-ups start working to develop and implement their solutions within a year.
CIC energiGUNE is Europe’s leading research center in the field of energy storage. The center, a strategic initiative in this field by the Department of Economic Development and Infrastructures of the Basque Government, also has the support of the Provincial Council of Alava, the Basque Energy Agency and brings together the main companies in the energy sector in the Basque Country on its board: IBERDROLA, CEGASA PORTABLE ENERGY, SENER, SIEMENS-GAMESA, ORMAZABAL, IDOM, SOLARPACK, CORPORACION MONDRAGON AND NORTEGAS.
In addition, CIC energiGUNE is the reference laboratory for energy storage in southern Europe as it has unique facilities, including prototyping and testing infrastructures for electrical storage (including solid state batteries in the automotive industry) and thermal storage. It has more than 600 scientific publications and participates in more than 40 industrial projects per year.
BCARE, is the first spin-off of CIC energiGUNE oriented to offer value added services in diagnosis and health prediction of batteries and capacitors, as well as consulting in energy storage issues. BCARE is a company of integral advisory services from which it offers: Analysis and accompaniment in the selection of technologies of the batteries and condensers based on the knowledge of chemistry; Predictive diagnosis of the behaviour of the batteries; Analysis, diagnosis and advice in the improvement of the life expectancy and performance of the batteries in use; Accomplishment of audits as a third party; Technical-economic evaluation of the new storage solutions; and Post-mortem analysis of the causes of the battery failure.