The CTC Technology Centre faces 2020 with the aim of maintaining and boosting the progress made in recent years. The only technology centre in the region, which has doubled its turnover over the last three years, plans to maintain its growth trajectory, supported both by the design and development of innovative projects (under a contract with private companies and competitive tenders (European Union, Spain, Cantabria) and by its research capacity in fields such as Advanced Materials, Nanotechnology or Digital Twins, which are in high demand to resolve companies’ current technological challenges.
In fact, CTC’s research team’s level of specialisation and its in-depth knowledge of the R&D+I needs of the industrial fabric place CTC in an optimal position to continue growing. In this sense, leading the European project MooringSense, the most important of all those executed by the Cantabrian centre to date, is a good starting point. This joint research has a lead time of 36 months and aims to reduce the maintenance cost of offshore wind turbines by up to 15% and enhance their efficiency.
Thanks to the application of innovative technologies, such as the Digital Twins, the project will optimise the current performance offered by offshore wind energy and lead to a 2 to 3% increase in annual energy production. Coordinating this consortium, with representatives from five countries, will consolidate CTC’s continental prestige. A reputation built on the successful development of other European initiatives such as MAT4OEC or GreenPatrol.
The Centre’s research capacity will also be decisive in generating more private projects involving companies with innovative DNA. In this sense, the adhesion of the CEOE-Cepyme to CTC’s board means that the relationship with the industrial and business network of the region will be even closer. An easy and direct dialogue to access innovative solutions with high added value. Likewise, it is expected that CTC’s coordination of the working group on Robotics linked to the innovation branch of the Plan Cantabria 2030 will bear fruit in some innovation project “made in Cantabria” related to this field of activity.