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Description of the organisation

TECNALIA Research & Innovation is the first private applied research centre in Spain and one of the most important in Europe. We get ahead of future challenges by turning technology-based business opportunities into competitive advantage to transform knowledge into GPD, to improve people’s quality of life by generating business opportunities for companies. At TECNALIA we are organised in 7 fully interconnected Business Divisions: Sustainable Construction, Energy and Environment, ICT-European Software Institute, Industry and Transport, Innovation Strategies, Health, Technological Services. We are more than 1,400 people on staff (including 192 doctors), along 22 headquarters (main HD localted in Basque Country, Spain), identifying and developing comprehensive technological solutions with creativity and imagination, for 4,049 clients. TECNALIA is taking part in 264 approved FP7 European Projects, leading 64 of them. TECNALIA has 93 patents in the pipeline and has promoted 28 New Technology-Based Companies. The Solar PV group is composed by more than 20 people working in the following activities: (1) Electric Management Systems for PV Energy (novel inverters topologies and control strgs, storage & self-consumption, energy prediction, MPPTs, etc.) (2) Advance module technologies (materials & processes- encapsulants, cell interconn, durability-, module design & prototyping, advance module concepts…) (3) PV systems and applications (BIPV, Hybrid systems, stand-alone) and (4) CPV systems (BOS- tracker, inverters, optics, receiver technologies)

Main contact

Eduardo Roman Medina

+34 946430850




Role in the Project

The main role of TECNALIA within CHEETAH is mainly focused in:

  • Dissemination activities (participation in Workshops)

  • Knowledge transfer and exploitation of results, link with industry, KIC Innoenergy, guidelines for standards (materials and PV systems)

  • Being aware of RTD activities and results and contact with main EU research centres in the frame of EERA-PV SP (SP modules, Systems, CPV)


Key people involved

PhD-Eng. Eduardo Román received the B.Eng. degree in Telecommunications, speciality Radiocommunications, in the University of Basque Country (Spain), year 1999. In 2007, he received the PhD degree in the field of Photovoltaics (Viability of Photovoltaic Systems with multiple maximum power point tracking systems). At present, he manages the PV group within the Solar Area in TECNALIA. His experience is mainly focused on Renewable Energy Sources with emphasis in Photovoltaics, above all those aspects related to "Balance of System" components, PV modules (materials) and electronics, Building Integration PV and Concentration PV technologies, Electronic technologies (Hardware and firmware) development Communications (Telecom, wired, etc.).  He has taken part in several projects related to PV (BFIRST, APOLLON, ENERPACK, SOPHIA, PURE, PVTRIN), leading PURE project about the promotion of BIPV, and currently, BFIRST. From 2008-2010, he has been member of the Management Board of the Spanish Photovoltaic Industry Association (ASIF) and now member of the Direction Committee of UNEF (Spanish Union of Photovoltaics). He is member of the Spanish certification Committee AEN/CTN 82 and Spanish representative of the BIPV WG, author/co-author of more than 30 papers and conference communications in national and international forums and reviewer of multiple journals and congresses. Finally he is holder of 3 patents, all of them in the PV field.



Oihana Zubillaga, PhD in Applied Chemistry and Polymeric Materials (University of the Basque Country, 2009) and Master Degree in Management of Innovation and Technology (Deusto University, 2005). She incorporated at INASMET-TECNALIA (now TECNALIA R&I) in 2002, working on metallic and polymeric material degradation and corrosion, their protection through coatings and performance stability studies. Currently she is senior researcher at Solar Energy Department leading projects related to optical and barrier coating development and encapsulation technologies. She participates in several EU projects related to PV (Ecosole, Nanophosolar, Sophia, Reseeppe). She is member of the Spanish certification Committee AEN/CTN 82 and IEC TC82 WG2. She participates in EMIRI industrial research initiative defining the materials roadmap for photovoltaics.



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