Fundación Tecnalia Research & innovation

TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION is a private, independent, non-profit Applied Research Centre of international excellence. Legally a Foundation, Tecnalia is the leading private and independent research and technology organization in Spain and one of the largest in Europe, employing 1,419 people (164 PhDs) and with income of 110 Million € in 2012.

The whole team at TECNALIA has one GOAL: to transform knowledge into GDP, meaning wealth to improve people’s quality of life by generating business opportunities for industry. TECNALIA is committed to generate major impacts in economic terms, by means of innovation and technological development, addressed by 7 business divisions, covering economic sectors of Energy, Industry, Transportation, Construction, Health and ICT. TECNALIA has been granted over 250 patents and promoted more than 30 spin-off companies. In particular, the Biorefinery and Waste Recovery Unit will involve their researchers and facilities in this proposal. TECNALIA is specialist in a broad range of different innovative technologies for biomass conversion by catalytic and enzymatic processes. These technologies  produce power and heat (by Fisher Trophs, gasification or biomethanization processes…), biofuels (biodiesel and bioethanol and second generation biofuels) and value-added chemicals from biomass (from lignocellulosic materials, wastes, oils and fats, microalga).

TECNALIA is a key agent in the ERA - European Research Area, holding position 12th among RECs and 26th overall in EC’s 6th FP7 Monitoring Report 2012. TECNALIA partners in 377 FP7 projects, coordinating 81 of them. TECNALIA has a strong position in European and International decision forums, taking part in the High Level Groups of several Platforms and Associations as:  BIOPLAT- Spanish Biomass Technology Platform (, EARTO-European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (, EERA-European Energy Research Alliance (, ESSTP-European RHC-European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling  among others.

TECNALIA Ventures is wholly owned subsidiary for the commercialization of innovative technology-based results, turning innovative technology assets into new profitable and sustainable businesses and generating economic value for society. TECNALIA Ventures focuses on accelerating the development of disruptive technologies to transform them into investable business opportunities and managing the portfolio of TECNALIA spin-offs, currently integrated by a portfolio of 15 start-ups in a wide range of sectors.

The University of the Basque Country (EHU/UPV), Tecnalia and Donostia International Physics Center (DISC) are the founding members of Euskampus (2010,, a project with attained the qualification of International Campus of Excellence from the Spanish Ministry of Education (2010). Euskampus partners with the PRES of the Universities of Bordeaux in the Euskampus-Bordeaux Transborder Campus.

Tecnalia is an equal opportunity employer. Current ratio of female/male employees is 40/60.
The current proposal will be carried out by the Energy and Environmental Division, where more than 250 people are focusing their R&D effort to the development of technologies, products and tools for a rational and sustainable use of energy focusing on clean generation sources and future energy carriers. We face environmental challenges of the industry and the society, developing supporting tools and specific solutions for specific problems. We work on the fields of wind energy, solar energy, marine energy, bioenergy and bio-refinery, smart grids, energy storage, energy efficiency, materials for energy and environment, sustainable mobility and electrical vehicle, power electronics, resource and waste valorization, water cycle; and urban and territorial sustainability.  This Unit has more than 25 years of experience applying the above Technologies in industry.