IK4 is an alliance of nine independent and private research centres located in the Basque Country. Its mission is the generation, uptake and transfer of scientific-technological knowledge, with the aim of contributing to the improved competitiveness of our customers by means of technological innovation. More than 1400 people, mostly highly-qualified researchers, are employed by the centres that make up IK4. In 2016, the Alliance’s centres jointly invoiced 114.6 M€, of which 56% originated from privately financed contract R&D. In H2020 IK4’s centres take part 127 running European R&D projects, leading 32, with a total Commission’s funding of 58 M€, and strongly contribute to the increased participation of Basque and Spanish industry in H2020.



IK4 Research Alliance
Polígono Azitain 3K 2ºG
20600 EIBAR (Gipuzkoa)

Contact person

Dr. Francisco Alcaide Monterrubio falcaide@cidetec.es



Website : http://www.ik4.es/en/

Type of organization : Research Institute

Number of professional staff active in FCH sector :

Participation in FCH JU Projects : ARTEMIS, DemSTack, EURECA, COBRA , STACKTEST, SHEL


Our expertise

Transport Pillar

  • 1.01 Road vehicles applications
  • 1.05 Stack components
  • 1.06 System (BoP) components
  • 1.07 System integration
  • 1.09 Demonstration
  • 1.11 Characterisation and testing
  • 1.12 Materials Synthesis, Design and Manufacturing from components to systems

Energy Pillar / Energy to Hydrogen

  • 2.01 Hydrogen production
  • 2.04 Smart buildings and communities
  • 2.05 Smart cities
  • 2.07 Stack components
  • 2.11 Characterisation and testing
  • 2.12 Design and manufacturing

Energy Pillar / Fuel Cells to Energy

  • 3.03 Back-Up Power Systems
  • 3.09 Manufacturing Technologies
  • 3.10 Modelling
  • 3.11 Characterisation and testing

Cross-Cutting Research Activities

  • 4.01 Education
  • 4.04 Communication and Public Awareness
  • 4.06 Market and Technology Monitoring

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