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IMDEA Energía

IMDEA Energy Institute is a public non-profit foundation created in 2006 by Madrid´s Regional Government. Its mission is the promotion of R&D activities in energy, with the main emphasis in topics related to low-carbon and sustainable energy technologies. IMDEA Energy has about 100 employees (more than 40% having a PhD) of which 30% are foreigners many from outside Europe, with a strong expertise in the field of energy. It consists of 8 research units, whereas the one that is involved in this project is the Electrochemical Processes Unit (EPU) with more than 20 researchers, which focuses on the R&D of electrochemical systems for energy storage coupled to renewable energies and transport.

Electrochemical Processes Unit

Electrochemical Processes Unit of IMDEA Energy has a vast experience in different electrochemical energy storage technologies including Li-ion batteries, and post- Li batteries and redox-flow batteries. Particularly, in redox flow batteries IMDEA-E has strong background not only in state of the art Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries (VRFB) but also in innovative approaches such as organic-based RFB and Membrane-Free RFB that are directly linked to the present proposal. In the last years IMDEA-E has participated in numerous R&D projects related to RFB at regional, national, and European level. Electrochemical Processes Unit of IMDEA Energy has excellent infrastructures and is very well equipped for electrochemical characterisation of materials and energy storage devices. Laboratories and pilot plant are equipped with a variety of instruments and equipment which cover set of capacities from fundamental research of chemical compounds and materials, to industrial scale prototyping and testing.


Rebeca Marcilla

principal Investigator

Dr. Rebeca Marcilla got the PhD degree in Chemistry at the University of the Basque Country (2006). She received the prize for the best PhD thesis in polymer science in 2005-2006 by the Spanish Polymer Group. After her PhD she joined the technological center CIDETEC (Centre for Electrochemical Technologies). Research stay at the Eindhoven University of Technology and Postdoctoral stay at the University College London. In 2010 she joined the IMDEA Energy Institute being awarded with a prestigious “Ramón y Cajal” fellowship in 2011. She has proven experience in energy storage devices, electrochemistry, polymer electrolytes and batteries having published about 100 scientific papers in international journals (h-index 37, >4500 citations) and 5 patents. In 2017 she was awarded with a prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant to develop Membrane-Free Redox Flow Batteries (MFreeB project). Moreover, she is PI at IMDEA-E of POLYSTORAGE-European Training Network and LightCAP FET-PROACTIVE project.

Jesus Palma


Jesus Palma is PhD in Chemistry by Autonoma University of Madrid (1994) and Executive MBA by IE Business School (2001). He is specialized in applied research, process design and scale-up from laboratory to industrial scale. He also has experience in technology transfer to industry. At present, he is the head of the Electrochemical Processes Unit at IMDEA Energy. Among his current research subjects are Electrochemical Capacitors, Redox Flow Batteries, Metal-ion Batteries, Battery Testing and Electrochemical Water Treatment. He is co-author of more than 75 peer-reviewed papers (h-index 25, 2400+ citations) and co-inventor of 9 patents. He has participated in more than 65 national and international research projects and feasibility studies, leading about 45 of them. He is involved in HySolChem, a sister project of Light-Cap.