The city of Valladolid hosts the Energy Forum, a meeting of experts that will analyse on April 10, the present and future challenges of the energy transition in Spain as well as the industry’s strategies to face this new scenario.
The event has been organized by the newspaper El Español and will be attended, among others, by Juan-Carlos Suárez Quiñones, Minister of the Environment, Housing and Territory of the Government of Castilla y León.
For its part, the Iberian Cluster for Sustainable Mining ISMC, together with the International Center for Advanced Materials and Raw Materials ICAMCYL, both institutions based in our region, coordinate a thematic table that will relate the importance of raw materials to the challenges of energy transition and the objectives for a sustainable and resilient Europe in its industrial innovation ecosystems.
The table, which will have an international focus in the context of the European RESILEX project, will feature experts such as Santiago Cuesta López, general director of ICAMCYL and CEO of the ISMC cluster, Rafael López Guijarro, Director of Geological projects at Technology Minerals Europe and Francisco J. Luque Ruiz, coordinator of the RESILEX project and expert in water and the environment, will discuss the advances and contributions that Castilla y León is making to cover the European needs for key resources for photovoltaic solar energy, its storage, and management.

That is why the RESILEX project (Resilient Enhancement for the Silicon Industry Leveraging the European Matrix), financed with more than 10 million euros by the Horizon Europe program of the European Commission, will be the undisputed protagonist in this prestigious forum. Cuesta López points out that, “silicon, as a critical material, plays a fundamental role in numerous strategic applications of renewable energy, from new models of storage technology and solar panels, in addition to being a key piece in the consolidation of energy plans. Valleys of microchips that both the European Union and Spain have in mind.” Furthermore, “as far as critical raw materials are concerned, Castilla y León currently has enormous potential to supply Europe with the materials that will be cornerstones in the construction of these strategic industrial Valleys,” he highlights.
Specifically, RESILEX aims to demonstrate eight innovative industry-driven technological and business solutions, spanning the entire silicon value chain. “These solutions include reducing the EU’s dependence on imports of silicon and other critical materials associated with the solar photovoltaic value chain, which will be achieved through innovation and the development of a new, much more efficient production process with low emissions of carbon, in addition to ensuring a high degree of recyclability of the panels produced that will be recovered for the manufacture of components in lithium-ion battery technology,” explains Luque Ruiz.
RESILEX innovative approach and sustainable practices set an exemplary standard for the industry to follow.