The University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) has secured €18.7 million from a competitive call within the framework of Spain's Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, thanks to funding from the EU's Next Generation funds. These funds will enable the transformation of Palma's university campus into an energy-efficient, self-sustaining space with zero carbon emissions. This initiative aligns with UIB's commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.
The project, led by UIB's own resources, encompasses the installation of 6.56 MWp of photovoltaic generation facilities, complemented by 5 MWh of LiFePO4 type batteries and over 100 kWh from second-life electric vehicle batteries. These systems will be controlled through a smart grid, optimizing energy generation and consumption on campus.
Additionally, the project integrates with existing data collection systems for electricity and water consumption, occupancy in teaching spaces, and environmental metrics. This advancement positions UIB as a pioneering model in energy and environmental infrastructure management technologies.
Renaturalization efforts will accompany the energy transition project, involving the replanting of trees affected by solar infrastructure installation. New green spaces, such as an arboretum and urban gardens, will enhance biodiversity while creating a pleasant landscape for recreation.
This comprehensive initiative is part of UIB's Sustainability Strategy, aimed at transforming the university into a beacon of sustainability and environmental preservation. It aligns with the University Strategic Plan 2023-2027, emphasizing sustainability as a cornerstone of management.