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 CIRCE’s team.
Since its creation, CIRCE has conducted more than 2.500 R+D+I projects at national and international level and trained more than 1.850 professionals from 47 countries within its postgraduate courses. 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 second national Research Centre getting more projects in competitive calls during period 2007-2018 in Spain. The main research topics in CIRCE are: energy efficiency, wind and solar power, natural resources, biomass, electrical substations, smart-grids and storage, thermal power systems and emissions reduction, sustainable mobility and energy socioeconomics.
CIRCE is also a very active actor in the R&D and Renewable Energy integration projects at the Spanish and European level. As a proof of its experience in international projects, CIRCE has participated in 63 European projects and is currently involved in 23 FP7 projects (coordinating 6), and 37 H2020 (coordinating 13).