CIDETEC Surface Engineering

About us

CIDETEC is a private organization for applied research founded in 1997 that seeks to contribute value to companies by harnessing, generating and transferring technological knowledge. Located in the Donostia-San Sebastián site of Gipuzkoa’s Scientific and Technological Park and with additional facilities at MUBIL, the Gipuzkoa Electromobility Hub, CIDETEC is comprised of three international technological reference institutes in energy storage, surface engineering and nanomedicine.

CIDETEC Energy Storage. The CIDETEC institute for Energy Storage specialises in creating new battery technology and facilitating its transfer to industry. The institute has the capacity to develop complete products and processes and offers material validation, pilot manufacture, pack engineering and battery testing and battery post-mortem analysis services.

CIDETEC Surface Engineering. The CIDETEC institute for Surface Engineering is a reference institute and the main thrust of an innovation pole specialising in the development of these technologies, providing surface solutions throughout the entire value chain for the automotive, aerospace, extreme environment and other sectors.

CIDETEC Nanomedicine. The CIDETEC institute for Nanomedicine is devoted to the development of innovative materials in the field of biomedicine. The institute bases its activity on the creation of its own technology and currently has obtained patents for three product families, with several more applications pending. Its direct contact with industry enables it to complete technology transfer, reducing time to market.

Each institute has its own offices and installations furnished with top-of-the-line equipment, among them a pilot plant for integrated battery manufacture; first-rate European facilities specifically for the testing of batteries, equipment to synthesise, characterise and process polymers and advanced composites; and laboratories completely equipped for surface study, characterisation and treatment.

CIDETEC, founded in 1997, currently employs a workforce of 215, 80% of whom are university graduates and 40% PhD holders. Its volume of activity came up to € 15M in 2021.

CIDETEC is a member of BRTA (Basque Research and Technology Alliance). This alliance is made up of 4 CRCs and 13 technology centres, SPRI Group, the Basque Government and the Provincial Councils. Its aim is to increase the cooperation between agents of the Basque Science, Technology and Innovation Network.