Andalusia is the southern most autonomous community in Peninsular Spain. It is the most populous and the second largest autonomous community in the country. The territory is divided into eight provinces: Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga, and Seville. Malaga Province is 7,308 square kilometres and its population is 1,652,999 (2013), which is concentrated mainly in the metropolitan area of Málaga, province capital, and throughout the coastal area. The population density surpasses both the Andalusia and Spanish averages, reaching 222.53 inhabitants/km2.
Málaga TechPark, and members from the local and regional innovation ecosystem, together with collaborative companies, are involved in a profound change of mentality and a redefinition of its strategy in terms of sustainability and circularity applied to energy, transport, building and resources, with the aim to become an urban reference in these areas.
Role in RIPEET
To achieve the desired results, it is crucial for Malaga Techpark to participate in peer-learning and knowledge transfer with the pilot ecosystem from Extremadura, as well as the members, and the community of the project RIPEET. This will allow the Technopolis to learn from and to reflect on energy transition processes as well as to support policy experimentations for energy transitions in the region, involving actively a broad range of stakeholders from the Spanish innovation ecosystem.
Málaga TechPark, together with all the strategic actors of their innovation ecosystem, can bring to the RIPEET community its experience and information about the actual actions that are been implemented in the field of energy transition. Additionally, its wide networks of collaboration at local, national and international levels can be involved, and its willingness to share knowledge, exchange and learn from the pilot ecosystem of Extremadura, as well as the other pilot ecosystems and the RIPEET community.
About the region
Many stakeholders from Malaga TechPark's innovation ecosystem, linked to the energy transition, will be invited to take part in RIPEET and to learn from and reflect on energy transition processes.
- Ciedes Foundation: The Foundation is formed by the main institutions and economic and social agents of the city of Malaga. The Foundation is a fundamental instrument for the development of Malaga and the design of its city model in a plural, participatory and consensual way.
- University of Malaga (UMA): The University of Malaga (UMA) is one of Spain's premier institutions of higher education. Currently, UMA has 2 campuses with more than 35,700 students, 23 faculties and schools, 200 educational programs, research projects (425 national / 150 EU) and +1,800 business contacts. To promote studies, training and dissemination actions in Energy Transformation, the University of Malaga counts on a Chair dedicated to Energy Transformation which aims to promote smart grids, energy efficiency, sustainability or renewable energies.
- Malaga City Council: The city, located in the South of Spain, is the second most populated city in Andalusia and the sixth in Spain. Malaga is one of the Andalusian cities with the highest economic activity and stands out in the field of smart city at national and international levels for its actions of energy efficiency, promotion and attraction of R+D+I and the acceleration of companies. These have notably improved the management of the city and the reduction of the costs of public services.
- Smart City Cluster: this cluster is an alliance of more than 190 companies and institutions that improve the quality of life of citizens. They work in the development of smart cities, understood as efficient, sustainable, and comfortable, and connect the city (challenges) with the business and knowledge fabric (solutions) using a cooperation model between partner entities: private companies, universities, technology parks and sector organizations.
- Endesa: Together with Málaga TechParK, Málaga City Council and the entities located in the Andalusian Technology Park, the Spanish energy company is part of the public-private partnership from eCityMálaga project. The objective is to create a benchmark for sustainability and circularity based on a proposal for energy transition and the use of resources within the Málaga TechParK, an urban venue to which it will contribute environmental benefits and greater competitiveness.
- Málaga TechPark Execs is a club of executives that promotes collaboration between the main companies and entities linked to Málaga TechPark. The club brings together the strategic sectors of the economy, to strengthen the ecosystem of the park through its companies, promoting talent and R+D+I projects, and strengthening the links between the companies that compose it. The club, coordinated by the Technology Park of Andalucia, is made up of fifty business leaders, among which are the general directors and senior executives of various companies.
Energy best practices implemented by the region
- Initiative eCityMálaga: Málaga TechPark, is currently collaborating in the eCityMálaga project, promoted by the Endesa company, which aims to redefine the current city model and "rethink the way we use raw materials and energy". The initiative will evaluate the energy improvement potential of the Technopolis in order to renovate its main facilities and buildings. This is expected to improve energy efficiency by between 35% and 45% of current consumption. In addition, eCity Málaga will aim to achieve a 100% renewable supply by 2025, an energy that will come mainly from the park's own * 6 photovoltaic plant and will be complemented with green energy from facilities near the site. Indeed, the overall objective is for the park to achieve the sustainability and circular economy indices proposed by the EU for 2030 by 2027, i.e. three years before the reference date.
- Initiative #GreenLeague: Málaga TechPark also participates in an experience launched in December 2021, within the eCity project, to promote the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in workplaces. The #GreenLeague proposal from the Ecolec Foundation is an initiative that directly involves the active participation of citizens and is held in several Spanish regions every year.
- European Clean Hydrogen Alliance: The Alliance brings together industry, national and local authorities, civil society, and other stakeholders and is strongly anchored in the hydrogen value chain, covering renewable and low-carbon hydrogen from production through transmission, to mobility, industry, power and heating applications. The Technopolis participated as well as a partner, together with the Foundation for the Development of New Hydrogen Technologies in Aragon, the Technology Park of Huesca and the Science and Technology Park of Bizkaia, in the European project ZERO-HYTECHPARK to implement measures to achieve total sustainability in these areas through optimal energy management by means of systems based on hydrogen technologies and renewable energies. Recently, the park participated in the preparation and submission of a European project proposal based on hydrogen, to the European call Erasmus Plus (Centres of Excellence). The project will support the establishment and gradual development of European platforms of professional centres of excellence, contributing to regional development, innovation and smart specialisation strategies, as well as international collaboration platforms in the field of hydrogen.