There are two R&D centres – Lisbon and Shanghai – which work in close collaboration through a Cooperation Agreement with the shared goal of strengthening the innovation ecosystem in both companies.
We intend to pave our way towards a world class R&D Centre covering a wide range of projects spread across our four foundation areas: Energy Storage and Management, Smart Grids, Flexibility in Hydro and Thermal and Offshore Wind.
We have flagged several topics for projects that we believe are going to have a great impact on the energy sector in the future, such as: small scale storage; large scale storage; demand side management; renewable integration; energy aggregators; combined management of energy, ICT and transport; energy system modelling and; offshore wind innovative foundations.
To carry out our ambition we adopted a project-based structure which suits our concept of NEW R&D Centre, allowing a swift approach to project implementation. Notwithstanding, synergies among the projects are explored, and the energy sector as a whole is our background scope and therefore continually surveyed.
To implement the flagged topics, Lisbon and Shanghai centres both actively pursue opportunities in competitive R&D Funds available in Europe and China respectively, in addition to internal funding.
The Lisbon Centre mainly focuses on EU’s Horizon 2020 R&D framework program but also on Portugal’s funding framework for economic development.