Creatio is the Irizar Group’s Research and Development Centre which was created in order to enhance the Group’s applied research and technological development capabilities both for its own-brand products as well as for the main coachwork components. Creatio works in long-term innovation, with a view to improving sustainable competitiveness in the future and generating wealth and employment as it grows.
It is the result of the constant commitment to industrial innovation which is a key strategy of the Irizar Group. 2009 saw a strategic revolution take place which helped Irizar to grow and become stronger. Irizar focused on the brand, became a coach manufacturer and made a strong commitment to carry out a policy of industrial diversification which resulted in the incorporation of companies in sectors with high growth potential such as energy, electronics and communications.
It combines the technological capabilities and synergies of these group companies:
- Irizar – bus and coach manufacturer
- Irizar e-mobility. Electromobility in cities.
- Masats – Pneumatic and electric door components and systems, elevators for persons with reduced mobility for the road and rail transport sector. Platform doors for train and underground stations.
- Hispacold – Climate Control for Road and Rail Transport
- Jema – Power Electronics Renewable Energy Electromobility Systems and Smart Grids
- Datik – Complete Solutions for transport management
- Alconza – Electric motors and generators up to 40 MVA 250Tn and 5m diameter shell for offshore marine, hydraulic generation and industrial (metallurgy, water treatment, pumping, mining and other) sectors for special uses, as well as electromobility.
The current lines of research are:
- New technologies for integral improvements in the new line of buses and coaches and their systems (electronics, connectivity, safety).
- Expanding the product range and technologies for hybrid coaches.
- 100% electric buses
- Electric vehicles for urban services
- Drive systems
- Energy storage systems
- Charging systems
- Autonomous vehicles
• ZeEUS Project
In 2014, Irizar became the first company to deliver two electric buses to the city within the framework of the European ZeEUS (Zero Emission Urban Bus System) project, framed within the Seventh Framework Programme under the European Green Cars Initiative, whose aim is to demonstrate the economic, operational, environmental and social viability of electric buses as a genuine alternative mobility solution in urban environments.
It has 42 members, a budget of 13.6 million euros and an execution period of three years. The project will test the validity of zero emission technologies in eight European cities (Barcelona, London, Paris, Warsaw, Haarlem, Stockholm, Münster, Plzeň, Bonn and Cagliari) with different meteorological and orographic settings. This is a highly relevant initiative for Irizar since, aside from being one of the most important programmes being undertaken in Europe, it will be an ideal showcase for introducing the Group’s technology, as well as being a medium through which to test the market and assess its own product.
• EBSF2 Project (2014-2016)
European Bus System of the Future 2, financed by the European Commission’s H2020 Programme. Consists of the development and validation of different solutions combining the efficiency of bus systems in an organised manner.
• ELIPTIC Project (2014-2016)
Electrification of Public Transport in Cities project financed by the European Commission’s H2020 programme. The objective is to develop new buses to optimise existing electric infrastructure and rolling stock, saving both money and energy.
• Etorgai IEB Project
Irizar Electric Bus. Launched in 2012 and aimed at the development of a fully electric city bus.
Along with Jema, Datik and the IK4-Vicomtech, IK4-Ceit and Tecnalia technology centres, Irizar is developing a 100% electric bus with a range of between 200 and 250 kilometres. In order to achieve this, it has developed a power train based on actual driving cycles, optimising propulsion and energy storage requirements, as well as significantly reducing the weight of the vehicle by incorporating aluminium as the main structural material.
• Etorgai IAB Project
Irizar Assisted Bus – 2013/2015
Based on the development of haptic devices to make driving easier.
• Etorgai ieHCB Project – 2014-2016
Irizar Assisted Bus – 2013/2015
Development of high-capacity electromobility systems.
• SADE: Safe Storage Systems
The project aims to research and develop a battery-pack solution designed for the urban mobility opportunity charging strategy. The development will have a working prototype, to be validated and tested on a laboratory scale.
This project has been co-financed by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, within the National Plan for Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation 2013-2016. Reference (TSI-100811-2014-1).
• DURABAT Project
Project funded by the Collaboration Challenges 2015 programme
“Promoting technological development, innovation and high-quality research”
Projects funded by INNPACTO 2012.
In this research line, related to the electric bus, the University Institute for Automobile Research (Insia) at the Polytechnic University of Madrid is assisting the Gipuzkoa-based centre to run bench tests on storage and propulsion systems. This includes characterising routes and on-board and sensory elements to measure the energy requirements of each component, to be able to “devise, design and scale what is needed to be able to offer services to operators”.
Project granted by the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) in 2013
Development of Highly Efficient, Electric-Powered Vehicular, Modular and Self-Supporting platforms for Urban Services” funded by the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) via the CIEN Strategic Programme.
The AUTOMOST project entitled “Automated guidance for dual-mode transport system” has been funded by the CDTI’s (Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial – Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology) CIEN (Consorcios de Investigación Empresarial Nacional – National Business Research Consortia) programme in the 2016 call. The aim of this project is to develop technologies that enable the automation of vehicles in urban and industrial transport applications, in order to significantly increase efficiency, safety and sustainability.
Creatio regularly submits proposals for new tenders, and we have launched a Trainee Programme for hiring highly qualified individuals who will progressively form part of the centre, in accordance with our needs.