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In the spotlight: Fundación CARTIF

CARTIF is a horizontal research centre located in Spain, which covers a wide range of scientific disciplines such as such as Energy, Environment, Food and Chemicals, Biomedical, Robotics. 

Fundación CARTIF, co-ordinator of the CITyFiED project, is a leading Spanish applied research centre set up in 1994. It possesses 9 technical divisions, in which some 200 research staff are mobilised across energy, environment, food and chemicals, biomedical, and robotics.

The focal point of CARTIF’s research areas is ICT and energy. By combining these two fields, a multidisciplinary team is able to design and develop solutions in the specific fields of energy efficiency, energy savings, integration of renewable energy systems, electricity market, demand response, Smart Grid, etc.

CARTIF takes an active part in 10 international networks and platforms such as ISES (International Solar Energy Society) and IEA (International Energy Agency), and it is also the Spanish National Liaison Point for the European E2BA (Energy Efficient Buildings Association).

The Energy Division at CARTIF has carried out many research and development projects in its fields of specialisation. Besides, the current participation in international projects in which it is involved include FP7-EeB projects such as DIRECTION and R2CITIES (both coordinated by CARTIF), BAASBRICKER, CAMPUS21iNSPiREe, CommONEnergy.

CARTIF is leading the overall coordination of the project involving 18 partners from 5 different European countries and is also directly involved in the implementation of the CITyFiED methodology in the Laguna de Duero demo site. 


Ali Vasallo, CITyFiED coordinator: “The current maturity of technology allows us to address the challenge of renovating residential districts and creating nearly-zero energy areas. One of the first steps is to involve all the stakeholders — the neighbourhood, the owners, the energy services and construction companies and the municipalities—in order to make these kind of solutions and strategies available and offer an attractive product for all of them



Ali Vasallo Belver
CITyFiED project coordinator
Energy Division

Sergio Sanz
Energy Division Deputy Manager

Rubén García Pajares
Energy Division