Miguel Ángel Pérez and Rosana Melián went to the Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias to also learn about their actions against climate change
The Deputy Minister for the Fight against Climate Change of the Government of the Canary Islands, Miguel Ángel Pérez, and the General Director of Energy of the regional Executive, Rosana Melián, visited today the facilities of the Technological Institute of the Canary Islands (ITC), a center attached to the Ministry of Economy , Knowledge and Employment of the Government of the Canary Islands, with the aim of learning about its activity in the field of renewable energy and its actions against climate change.
During the meeting held at the technological facilities in Pozo Izquierdo, in Gran Canaria, from the Ministry of Ecological Transition, Fight against Climate Change and Territorial Planning of the Government of the Canary Islands they were able to learn about the main lines of R&D&i activity of the ITC by the hand of its manager, Gabriel Megías, and, in particular, that synergistic activity with the areas of action of the Ministry, such as the control of pesticide residues in the field of food safety ; applied research in sustainable agriculture; the promotion of emerging industrial sectors of circular economy and algae biotechnology; the development of desalination technologies powered by renewable energy or the modeling and visualization of data; and, specifically, the area of Renewable Energies.
In this regard, the head of the ITC Renewable Energies department, Salvador Suárez, explained his main lines of work, aimed at maximizing the penetration of renewable energies in island energy systems, the development of new technologies in the field of decentralized generation of energy, such as electrical microgrids, to the evaluation of the different energy storage systems and to the study of new sources of renewable energy, such as marine energy or energy use technologies from waste.
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In addition, they were able to visit the different research and development infrastructures corresponding to these areas of activity, such as the distributed electricity generation laboratory, the microalgae biotechnology facilities or the prototype of the mobile energy, water and cold supply solution developed from the CLIMA-RISK project, which, under Interreg MAC funding and the transversal work of three of the nine ITC activity areas (Water, Renewable Energies and Scientific and Technological Computing), seeks to find solutions for the supply of these fundamental services in contexts adverse effects of natural or social disasters: water, light and food and medicine conservation.
For his part, Miguel Ángel Pérez pointed out that “ITC’s personal and technical resources will have a fundamental role in the renewable energy development project that, from the Department of Ecological Transition, we want to promote throughout this legislature. This support in terms of research must always be based on the Canary Islands universities and on these facilities that we have been able to visit today together with those responsible”.