Nabrawind Technologies joins the Renewable Energies Chair at the Public University of Navarra
In total, there are 9 companies participating in this scientific-technological collaboration for research and teaching at UPNA.
Nabrawind Technologies has joined the Renewable Energies Chair at UPNA , forming a group of 9 companies that have come together in this scientific-technological collaboration for research and teaching at the Public University of Navarra.
The Renewable Energies Chair at the Public University of Navarra serves as a framework for scientific-technological collaboration between the university and various companies, aiming to collectively engage in research and teaching activities. These activities include master’s theses or doctoral dissertations, courses, seminars, and training sessions.
Nabrawind Technologies specializes in the design and development of advanced wind technologies for wind turbine components, primarily towers and blades. The company is particularly focused on addressing logistical and installation challenges of new large-scale wind turbines. Leveraging its extensive experience in the renewable energy sector, the Navarrese firm aims to provide significant value to all students within the chair.
The formalization of Nabrawind Technologies’ adherence to the UPNA Chair occurred through the signing of an agreement between Ramón Gonzalo, the university’s rector, and Eneko Sanz Pascual, the general director of the Navarrese company.
The signing ceremony was also attended, on behalf of Nabrawind, by Maite Ibarrola Esain, Director of People and Culture, and Ion Arocena de la Rúa, Director of Technology. Representing UPNA were Francisco Javier Arregui San Martín, Vice-Rector for Research; Pablo Sanchis Gúrpide, Director of the Renewable Energies Chair; Idoia San Martín Biurrun, Technical Secretary of the Chair; and Javier Goicoechea Fernández, Director of the Higher Technical School of Industrial Engineering, Computer Science, and Telecommunications (ETSIIIT) and President of the Monitoring Committee of the Chair.
Founded in 2015 and based in Pamplona, this Navarrese company has a staff of 41 people (one-third of whom are women). One of the main characteristics of the staff is that 99% have higher education. Additionally, of the total workforce in this Navarrese firm, 51% have completed their university studies at UPNA (specifically, 46% at the Higher Technical School of Industrial Engineering, Computer Science, and Telecommunications, and 5% at the Faculty of Economics and Business Studies). For Nabrawind Technologies, joining this collaboration with UPNA means strengthening their R&D capabilities, improving competitiveness, and contributing to technological advancement in the wind industry. “All of this from the heart of Pamplona, from where we want to be a seed in technological development and innovation for the wind sector.” – Maite Ibarrola Esain (People & Culture Manager).
The companies in the Chair
Currently, and with the addition of Nabrawind Technologies to the collaboration, there are now nine companies that are part of the Renewable Energies Chair at UPNA: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Ingeteam Power Technology, National Renewable Energy Centre (CENER), Acciona Generación Renovable, Nordex Energy Spain, Array, Grupo EOSOL, and IED Electronics.
About Nabrawind Technologies
Nabrawind Technologies generates an average annual revenue exceeding two million euros. Growth expectations for 2024 project a turnover of 10-15 million euros. As the cornerstone of their products, research and development (R&D) drive the company, with 28 patent applications, 17 of which are published, and 11 already granted. Each granted patent forms a family, resulting in a total of 43 granted patents in nearly a dozen countries, including the United States, China, India, Brazil, Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Spain. Moreover, the company exports 100% of its production internationally, reaching destinations such as the United States, Mexico, France, Denmark, China, Morocco, and Namibia.
Nabrawind Technologies has developed several high-value-added products for the wind energy market, including the Nabrabase tripod foundation, the Bladerunner blade mounting and dismounting system without cranes, the self-erecting Skylift tubular tower system, the modular blade connection Nabrajoint, and the self-erecting Nabralift tower capable of reaching heights exceeding 200 meters. In 2018, the company installed such a tower in Eslava (Navarra), reaching 160 meters in height, making it the third tallest in the world at that time. “In the end, brilliant ideas are always the simplest. However, what seems so simple requires a lot of effort and preparation.” – Eneko Sanz (General Manager). Nabrawind Technologies has recently closed an agreement with China to install a self-erecting tower measuring 190 meters in height, setting a new global benchmark. The company is also working on new products targeted at the offshore wind energy market.