Universidad Loyola and Magtel join forces to develop projects in the field of renewable energies and technology

The rector of Universidad Loyola, Gabriel Pérez; the general manager of Magtel, Martín Salgado Devincenzi, and the president of Fundación Magtel, Auxiliadora López Magdaleno, have signed a collaboration agreement

This agreement reinforces university-business collaboration in innovation and is in line with the Corporate Social Responsibility strategy of Magtel

The Universidad Loyola together with Magtel and Fundación Magtel have agreed on a framework for action in order to develop projects related to renewable energy sources and new technologies. To this end, Universidad Loyola will place its centres, departments and research staff at the disposal of the entity, and will even make available suitable spaces for the good development of the joint collaborations that are generated.

Likewise, through this agreement, Magtel will make its facilities and infrastructures available to Universidad Loyola, as well as its human resources for the development of the collaboration.

This collaboration will materialise, together with more specific actions through other agreements derived from this framework agreement, in the holding of meetings, conferences and congresses, collaboration in research activities in the field of renewable energies, dissemination of results, joint publication of publications, as well as training activities and internships for students.

During the ceremony in which this agreement was consolidated, the rector of Universidad Loyola, Gabriel Pérez Alcalá, emphasised that “with this collaboration with Magtel we consolidate and move forward on the path of establishing a network for the transfer of knowledge and R&D with the industrial and technological environment willing to add value to research in favour of improving the environment and the care of our common home, an aspect that is of particular concern to Loyola University“.

For his part, the CEO of Magtel, Martín Salgado Devincenzi, said that “with this new agreement between Loyola University and Magtel, we are deepening the collaboration between university and company, a collaboration that we want to strengthen because we consider it fundamental for the growth of the company in areas as important as research and innovation, which we are extending with this agreement, because innovation is part of Magtel’s DNA“. In this sense, he stated that “the role of universities, as centres of knowledge, and that of companies, as guarantors of development and social welfare, are totally complementary and collaboration between the two contributes decisively to increasing the productivity and competitiveness of the economy, which in turn improves the society to which they belong“.

He also assured that “with this new agreement, we want, therefore, to continue promoting Magtel’s growth and its leadership as an innovative company, through collaboration with an equally innovative university with a strong background in research, to jointly contribute its outcomes for the benefit of Andalusia and other areas where we operate“.

Finally, the president of Fundación Magtel, Auxiliadora López Magdaleno, said that “after ten years of activity in relation to social action, the signing of this agreement expands and reinforces the strategic lines in which we work: social action, employability, social innovation and international cooperation“, and expressed her conviction that “we will develop new tasks that will benefit the most disadvantaged and comply with the corporate social responsibility of our entity“.

Commitment to sustainable development

Universidad Loyola is developing numerous projects and research in the field of renewable energies. Through the Materials and Sustainability research group, projects are carried out in the field of CO2storage and valorisation, such as the design and preparation of materials with a high porosity suitable for CO2absorption, or research into the transformation of this molecule into products with high added value.

In addition, researchers at Universidad Loyola are working on the development of new and efficient catalytic routes capable of replacing current fossil fuel-based technologies, of which hydrogen production from renewable energies is one of them. In this sense, Loyola University collaborates with several companies and large projects financed by the Aeronautical Technology Plan Programme and the Science and Innovation Missions Programme of the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), such as Magtel itself , H2B2 or Protio Power SL, with which they are currently developing projects such as those known as “Ad-Grhid” and “H2APS” .

Likewise, Universidad Loyola has recently obtained funding for several projects in the latest call for applications of the State Research Agency for the ecological transition R&D programme, in fact the Fundación Magtel recently awarded the prize for Technological Innovation to the project entitled: “Rheology of Cohesive Granular Media in Thermochemical Storage Systems (GHEMA)”,carried out by the Universidad Loyola researcher Francisco José Durán Olivencia.

In addition, in the field of research and development, Magtel’s R&D&I Division  is leading new projects, such as the aforementioned “Ad-Grid” and “Sunrise PV”, which promotes the new generation of photovoltaic technologies to reduce energy costs through circularity strategies.