- To encourage the development of highly qualified researchers and innovative infrastructures.
- First-rate oriented basic research.
- To promote interdisciplinary working and contribute to coordinated development with other basic sciences (particularly nanotechnology, biotechnology and communication technologies) in order to support the progress of new forms of power generation and their efficient usage.
- To contribute, with universities and technology centres, to developing transfer and collaboration projects through the Extended CIC.
- To work together with the Basque energy business, at which any advances achieved in the CIC are ultimately targeted through strategic agreements with leading companies.
- To establish priorities and develop the scientific training and critical mass that will facilitate research in the long term future.
- To ensure that sufficient funds are provided for the continuity of any research and services currently underway or planned by the CIC.
The CIC operates as a private foundation, with a budget of €30 million for the next three years. The foundation will incorporate large companies associated with the industry, such as Iberdrola, Gamesa, Guascor, Sener, IDOM, Cegasa, Naturgas and Grupo Mondragón
The public part of the project comes from the Basque Government (through the departments of industry and education), the EVE, the Regional Government of Álava and Parque Tecnológico de Álava. They are also be joined by IK4, Tecnalia and the Clúster vasco de la Energía and, in the future, by the Universidad del País Vasco and Mondragón Unibertsitatea.