Tecnalia works with the Australian Energy Research Institute developing offshore wind farms
Tecnalia is Spain's top applied research and technological development centre and one of the main centres of its kind in Europe. Founded in 2010 by eight companies, Tecnalia currently has 1,400 employees and a client portfolio of over 4,000 companies for which it designs, identifies and develops technological solutions in areas such as sustainable construction, energy and environment, software, industry and transport, healthcare and technology services.
Tecnalia's clients and partners are all over the world, including Australia, where the company works with the Australian Energy Research Institute on the development of electric transmission systems for offshore wind farms.
During the visit, the Leaders saw some of the research projects carried out by Tecnalia in various sectors, such as curved photovoltaic panels to adapt to all sorts of surfaces and new models of semi-submersible platforms for offshore wind power generators.
In the healthcare sector, the Leaders became familiar with a range of projects applied especially to the field of rehabilitation for degenerative conditions. Electrical stimulation devices and an intracranial system to track brain cell activity, which in turn causes an exoskeleton to move, are just a few of the company's most avant-garde projects.
Lastly, the Australian journalists got to see the latest breakthroughs in robotics, such as the Hiro project, which aims to help robots and humans work better together, and autonomous industrial vehicles that are equipped to operate in hazardous environments such as nuclear power stations.
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