Associations and Platforms

The CTC is active partner of the following platforms and associations:

GIRA (Automotive Regional Iniciatives Group)

Non-profit association for the automotive industry which brings together automobile component manufacturers, University, technological centres, social organizations, business and public.

Their lines of activity include: define joint strategies for the sector in the region, identify gaps and needs, conduct studies and diagnostics of the situation, outline and propose pilot project for performance, facilitate the entry of new industrial investments in Cantabria helping to maintain the competitiveness of existing partners and be third-party Coordinator for Government, University, training centers, similar associations, technological centres. CTC has participated since its foundation in all the working groups, particularly in the R & D.

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SERTEC (Spanish technological platform for the automotive components sector)

Its objective is to serve as a tool for development and follow-up on initiatives between different entities involved in the chain of innovation for the automotive components sector in Spain. As well as create a culture of innovation and a common line of work in order to increase the competitiveness of companies in the automotive sector to the new challenges that arise through research, development and innovation in products and processes.

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CEIDEN (Technological platform for nuclear fission power)

It was formed in 2007 and it aims to coordinate the different national plans and programmes of innovation in the field of nuclear fission technology, as well as participate in international programmes, ensuring consistently guide the efforts of the entities involved.

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PAE (Spanish aerospace platform)

After the creation of the European platform ACARE and considering the relevance of Spanish economic development in their environment, the aerospace industry proposed the creation of a specific public-private technological platform, the Spanish aerospace technological platform.

The CTC has been a platform partner since 2007. It has actively participated in the Working Group Surveillance Technology, in charge of establishing a current technological roadmap, making comparative studies with neighboring countries and identifying future needs, technology and training.  To do this CTC has collaborated with the PAE, for example, answering questionnaires on technological priorities that serve to draft conclusions of the Spanish aerospace research strategic agenda.

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PROMETEO (Spanish systems with integrated intelligence technological platform)

This constitutes a scientific-technological cooperation comprised of relevant technological entities in the area (companies, universities, technological centres, etc.) that was born in order to increase the competitiveness of the Spanish industry, positioning it among the European leaders in the production of integrated intelligence systems.

In November 2008 CTC became an active member of PROMETEO.

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AETIC (Association of electronics companies, information  and telecommunications technology of Spain)

AETIC is the result of the merger between the National Association of Electronic Industries and Telecommunication (ANIEL) and the Spanish Information Technologies Association of Enterprises (Amiga).
For the years 2005 and 2006, AETIC has promoted the creation of 4 technological platforms in the area of information society technologies: eMOV, eNEM, eSEC and eISI.

Of the latter, eISI (Spanish satellite communications technological platform), CTC is a member of one of its working groups, “Technology for the ground segment including mobile communications applications and integration with the localization systems” since December 2008.

The CTC also works on projects with other members of this platform.

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REOLTEC (Technological Wind Energy Platform)

The scientific network Technology of the wind energy sector (REOLTEC) began its journey in July 2005 to integrate and coordinate the different actions of research, development and innovation which meet the needs of the wind energy sector, and aims to consolidate the technological position of the domestic industry through strengthening and selective coordination of scientific / technological stages and selective dissemination of the results and experiences obtained.

The CTC has been a member of Reoltec since September 2009, participating in offshore wind and windturbine working groups.

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Spanish thermal energy storage thematic network

The main objective of this thematic network is to promote the exchange of knowledge among participants, and act to improve its international standing and transfer of technology within the Spanish industry.

CTC becomes member of this network in October 2009.

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MATERPLAT (Spanish technology platform of advanced materials and nanomaterials)

This platform aims to create an appropriate framework for collaboration between entities in R & D, sectoral platforms, government agencies and companies throughout Spain, to promote the development and implementation of advanced materials and nanomaterials.

CTC is a member of the platform since November 2009, participating in the working groups of light alloys and nanomaterials.

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It is a strategic alliance between Spanish technological centers to promote the development of new materials in the field of nanotechnology, particularly high added value materials and products based on carbon nanostructures. This activity is channeled through national and international R & D with the objective of satisfying the needs of Spanish companies, thereby contributing to increase their productivity in the international arena.
The alliance is made up of seven Spanish technological centers. The CTC is a member since its constitution in 2008.

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A pioneering cluster, leader and technological reference in the marine renewable energy sector (offshore wind and wave power).

Their aims are:

  • Bridging instrument for researchers, entrepreneurs and industry.
  • Fostering the creation of new companies and attracting new investments and researchers from other environments.
  • Generating critical mass for joint initiatives on research, industrial development and commercialization in Cantabria.
  • Making the marine energy sector a technological and industrial leader worldwide, through the specialization of the regional industry.

The CTC is member since its constitution on March 15th, 2011.

More informatios: Sea of innovation Cantabria Cluster


The Technological Platform of the Maritime Spanish Sector tries to be a forum to meet and dialogue of all agents related with the sea and other aquatic environments, whose future depends to great extent of the capacity to keep and create competitive advantages through the development of investment and innovation activities.

The CTC joined the PTM in September 2011.

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The aims of the Nuclear Group of Cantabria are:

  • To represent the companies of Cantabria which provide services to the nuclear sector.
  • To promote and to take advantage of the synergies between the participating companies.
  • To exploit the heterogeneous capacities for devising and developing joint projects.
  • To make us known and to lean on the promotion.

The CTC is member of the GNC since July 2011.


Alinne is a major public-private national pact, that borns with the challenge of strengthening Spain’s international leadership in energy.

The Alinne fundamental aim is to propose actions for increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of our science and innovation system in the energy field in order to contribute to the consolidation of existing strengths and to boost the internalization of its skills and competencies.

CTC is member of Alinne since September 2011.

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European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) aims to strengthen, expand and optimize EU energy research capabilities through the sharing of world-class national facilities in Europe and the joint execution of pan-European research programmes (EERA Joint Programmes).

The key objective of EERA is to accelerate the development of energy technologies to conceive and implement research Joint Programmes in support of the SETPlan priorities, planning and integrating activities and resources combining national and european sources of funding and maximizing complementarities and synergies.

CTC was officially admitted as a member of the Wind Energy Joint Programme of EERA, JP WIND, in January 2012, where it will establish, jointly with other research centres, the future strategies for Europe, defining the research agenda on energy, in this case of wind

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The University of Cantabria Campus of International Excellence Programme (CEI) promotes strategic consortia between institutions which are able of creating “knowledge eco-systems”. These eco-systems are characterized by their capacity to favour employment, social cohesion and economic development in the area where they are located.

CCI establishes four priority specialization areas according to its capacities (current and potential) to achieve the objectives in the project:

  • Water and Energy.
  • Biomedicine and Biotechnology.
  • Finance and Entrepreneurial Activity.
  • Heritage and Language.

CTC is member of the strategic area Water and Energy, where solutions are sought to ensure the sustainability of the planet and our way of life, by analyzing the relationship between the water and energy resources and their interaction with the socioeconomic and natural environment.

More information: Area of Water and Energy


The International Electrotechnical Commission is a standardization organization in the fields of electrical, electronic and related technologies. IEC developes standards jointly with ISO (ISO/IEC standards).

CTC provides the Spanish expert in the working groups on Design Requirements and Evaluation of Mooring systems for marine energy converters in the International Standardization Committee EC / TC 114 Marine energy – Wave, tidal and other water stream converters.

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The Spanish Association for Standardization and Certification (AENOR) is a Spanish, independent, private non-profit organization that contributes, through the development of standardization and certification activities, to improve the quality and competitiveness of companies and their products and services, also to environment protection and, in consequence, the health of the society. AENOR is recognized as a national, european and international institution for the development of its activities and it is accredited by different normalization organisms, i.e, a Spanish National Accreditation Body (ENAC).

CTC is member of the National Standardization Subcommittee of Marine Energies SC114 of the Committee AEN/CTN 206 – ELECTRICLA POWER PRODUCTION. CTC participates in the national working groups on Design Requirements and Evaluation of Mooring Systems for marine energy converters.

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