The Canary Islands Institute of Technology is linked to the Regional Ministry of Economy, Knowledge and Employment of the Canary Islands Regional Government.
The main objective of ITC’s Renewable Energy Department is to support the Government of the Canary Islands in the definition of the regional energy policy, especially regarding the promotion of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and energy efficiency.
Locally, ITC manages public programs with national Spanish and regional funding, for promoting RES and energy efficiency, and supports the seven Islands Authorities and 88 municipalities in their local efforts for promoting renewable energies, energy savings and reduction of CO2 emissions.
ITC has been strongly cooperating with all European island regions, promoting RES and energy efficiency projects for more than 20 years; an example of which is the ISLE-PACT project, where together with many EU islands we managed that the EU approved the Pact of Islands European Initiative. ITC also has a strong active collaboration and leading role promoting RES and energy efficiency together with all the European Outermost Regions, to which the Canary Islands belong.
ITC also supports efforts to transfer clean energy technologies to neighbouring countries of the Western African Coast. ITC has more than 15 years’ experience designing and installing RES-hybrid systems in rural areas of these countries.
The Canary Islands Institute of Technology carries-out R&D activities in renewable energies; work which is very focussed on islands.
ITC’s main expertise is centred on technical solutions to overcome the challenge of maximizing variable and intermittent Renewable Energy Sources (RES) penetration in small and weak insular electrical grids (useful expertise that has also application in the “energy islands” found in remote rural areas of less developed countries).
Of particular interest to ITC, for advancing in the goal of development islands 100% energy self- sufficiency models (with exclusive use of RES), is the dynamic study of the grids (stability) towards increasing RES injection; the development of high RES penetration microgrid concepts for urban or rural areas and even for entire islands; the development of specific energy-climate models to reliably forecast wind or solar power production; implementation of Demand Side Management and Demand Response, as a means of peak-shaving of the electrical demand curve of islands.
The main fields of research of the Renewable Energy Department are: