The building and facilities

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CIC Energigune is set up as group of modular buildings connected to each other by a functional and communications backbone underlying the centre's activity. The work areas were designed to foster informal interprofessional relations to encourage the researchers to share their knowledge in a relaxed atmosphere.

The larger building, opposite the PTA's main artery, contains the reception, "Power Storage; Batteries & Supercaps" laboratory, equipment platforms (electron microscopy platform, surface analysis unit, X-ray diffractometry platform and magnetic resonance platform), as well as the mechanical and electronic workshop, training and seminar area and administration offices.

Apart from the facilities on the ground floor of Building A, there is an important part of the facilities on the roof of the whole complex, a photovoltaic electric system with output capacity of up to 100kw.

The smaller building houses the "High Temperature Thermal Energy Storage" laboratories and the area's special equipment.

Between both buildings (A and B), CIC Energigune has total capacity for 110 jobs, of which 100 will be researcher posts. The centre strives to foster human relations and interactivity and support between study and research groups. Therefore, on each storey there is an area set aside for recreational use of the researchers, with work tables that are joined together without visual dividers which create a coordinated and group work atmosphere.

The definition of laboratory contents and structure is on demand, in accordance with the specifications that each of the area manager's defines.

The overall effect is high-tech and innovative, in which nature is reflected and merged with the buildings. The main features are:

  • Modularity and flexibility for the centre's growth and for the arrangement of laboratories:

    Crecimiento
  • Comfortable work conditions:

    Orientacion
  • Minimal environmental and landscape impact:

    Reducción de Impacto Ambiental
  • Energy efficiency and sustainability: A rating

    Calificación de eficiencia energética de edificio terminado

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