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Iberdrola has invested €246 million in Research & Development & Innovation (R&D+i) activities over the course of 2017. This represents an increase of 17% relative to the previous year's figure of € 211 million.
The € 246 million invested in 2017 were basically earmarked for projects relating to clean energy, smart grids, the development of tailored solutions for customers and digital transformation. Specifically, in the area of renewables, the initiatives developed centred on: improving efficiency and operating and maintenance costs on wind farms, as in the case of the Romeo project; moving ahead on the integration of renewables by developing batteries, such as the ESS2GRID plan; and innovation in the new offshore wind farms being constructed by the group. Such is the case, for example, of the Wikinger wind farm, in the German part of the Baltic Sea, for the substation of which they designed a new model of six-legged pre-piled jacket.
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