Five Spanish universities and two Spanish multinational companies (Repsol and Ferrovial), plus two public research institutions and a government-owned business in the energy field launched a new proposal for an International Campus of Excellence focused on bioenergy and intelligent infrastructure, under the title "Intelligent Energy".
The "Intelligent Energy" initiative is being led by five public universities: King Juan Carlos University, Alcalá University, Murcia University, Cartagena Technical University, and Extremadura University, together with Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT) and Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados en Energía (IMDEA Energía). The Spanish Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE), which is an agency of the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade, is also a partner in the project due to its commitment to energy efficiency and renewable energy. The "Intelligent Energy" campus will work on two areas: creating new energy products to maintain economic development with a zero or negative carbon footprint based on raw materials that do not compete with the food market, and developing infrastructures (both buildings and transport) that optimize energy usage. The ten partners in the project together employ over 9,000 researchers, own more than 700 patents and spent over 250 million euro on R&D in 2010.