In 1934, Juan Celaya founded the company Cegasa, based in Oñate, which eventually became the first to manufacture batteries in Spain and one of the first in Europe.
Located in the Álava Technology Park, it focuses on the creation and manufacture of customised energy storage systems for a variety of uses. Its product line includes batteries and storage systems based on Zinc air and lithium ion technology. These solutions are designed to meet the particular needs of its diverse customers, who come from a variety of industries and sectors, such as commercial and industrial companies or residential self-consumption projects.
Recently, Cegasa has experienced a growing demand for lithium-ion batteries for residential self-consumption applications due to the increase in people looking to enhance their energy independence. However, these lithium-ion batteries not only offer advantages to individuals, but also to companies, maximising their use of renewable energy and reducing electricity consumption costs;
On the other hand, exports account for 70% of Cegasa’s turnover, with its commercial focus being mainly Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. In particular, “Germany and Australia are our main markets in terms of sales volume”, says Cegasa’s CEO.
Innovation as the basis of the company
With an eye on the future, Cegasa continues to focus on the development of new services and innovative products. In addition, “we are committed to commercial expansion in Europe and are looking to strengthen our presence in countries such as Germany, the United Kingdom and Italy” says the CEO. For all these reasons, the company has an innovation centre located in the Álava Technology Park, equipped with cutting-edge facilities in the energy storage sector. To this end, they are establishing strategic alliances with different research centres and universities in order to be at the forefront of innovation.