The Lehendakari opens new laboratories for Smart Grids
Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu, the Basque Premier, accompanied by Minister Arantxa Tapia, today presided over the opening of the new TECNALIA Electric Equipment Research, Development and Certification Laboratories for Smart Grids.
It is a new 14 million euro facility at the forefront of Europe that will allow TECNALIA to continue to back R&D&I in the electricity sector. The Lehendakari explained that this commitment to “Smart Grids” is a further step forward to the growth and development of the Basque Country that will allow it to be positioned on the world map of the energy technology sector.
Urkullu explained that the work to be carried out in this new laboratory has the dual goal of enhancing the competitiveness of the Basque companies in the sector and improving the quality of the grids as a grassroots service.
During his speech, the Lehendakari stressed that “the economic future of the Basque Country involves advanced services”, something that is part of the stage of Basque reindustrialisation, Basque Industry 4.0. This new industry "requires appropriate tools" and, according to the Lehendakari, a new architecture is required for the R&D&i programmes to order to obtain greater transfer to the company.