The University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) is a teaching and research institution officially founded in 1985. The university employs over 7.000 people in 31 faculties and schools distributed in three different campuses, with a total of more than 50,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Since the first Research Framework Programmes, the UPV/EHU has been very active and has participated in many collaborative projects. In Horizon 2020, the UPV/EHU has already been successful with 68 projects, which so far have attracted a total sum of 21 million Euros in research and innovation financing.
Research Group in Electric Energy Systems (GISEL)
The Research Group in Electric Energy Systems (GISEL) focuses its activity, mainly, on three lines of research:
- Integration of Renewable Energies in the Electric System.
- FACTS and HVDC; Microgrids, Electric and Vehicle and SmartGrids.
- Protection of Electrical Systems.
The group is composed by 12 PhD members from the Department of Electrical Engineering of the UPV/EHU with the objective to contribute to solving the challenges faced by society in relation to the achievement of clean, cheap energy for all, through collaboration with other research entities, and aligning the objectives of the group with the objectives of the RIS3 strategy of smart specialization approved by the European Union.
The work within the JRL-ORE is aligned with the first line of research “Integration of Renewable Energies in the Electric System”.
Department of Nuclear Engineering and Fluid Mechanics
In the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Fluid Mechanics of the UPV/EHU the research group and the activity under the JRL is led by Jesús María Blanco, who is the head manager of the International Master in Renewable Energy in the Marine Environment (REM), which is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme.
The group is composed by 7 researchers and lecturers who combine the lecturing activity with the research work in the area of Fluid Mechanics directly linked to the Offshore Renewable Energy field.
The group shows a broad expertise in CFD applied to the aerodynamics of wind turbines and the hydrodynamics of Wave Energy Converters with more than 10 years of experience.
In parallel, the group develops an intense experimental activity both in a long wave flume where different types of WEC mock-ups are studied under different wave characteristics and in a wind tunnel for wind turbine analysis.
The research activity is directly linked to the lecturing activity in the master REM studies.
Applied Electronics Research team (APERT)
The Applied Electronics Research team (APERT) focuses its activity in the field of power and control circuits for energy converters. This research line is oriented to the design and study of power converters for electric power generation, conversion, storage and transmission.
The team is formed by 13 professors and a varying number of PhD and Master students from the Department of Electronic Technology of the UPV/EHU with the objective to improve the efficiency of electric power conversion processes in power generation, industry transportation and consumer products.
The work within the JRL-ORE is aligned with the line of research “Power Converters”.
Research group in Applied Structural Geology (GEA)
The research group in Applied Structural Geology (GEA) is composed of 5 PhD members from the Department of Geodynamics of the UPV/EHU and combines lecturing activity with research work.
The main goal of the research group is to provide its experience in Geology to solve technical and industrial problems and to advance in basic and applied knowledge in the Earth Science domain.
The research group in Applied Structural Geology focuses its activity on three research lines:
- Fracture and strain analysis of rock massifs
- Structural Geology studies at local and regional scales
- Marine Geology
The work of the group within the JRL-ORE is related to the study of Marine Geology.
Systems Control and Integration Research Group (GCIS)
The focus of the Control and System Integration Research Group encompasses five well distinguished but complementary research areas: Smart&Flexible Automation, Intelligent manufacturing, Advanced Control Robotics, Applications in Bioengineering and Control of Offshore Renewable Energy Devices.
The work of the group within the JRL-ORE is related to the research on advance control systems for wave energy and offshore wind, with three main objectives: cost reduction, useful life extension and maximum power extraction.
The group is part of the Department of Automatic and Systems Engineering.