Founded in 1985, the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) is spread out over four main campuses: Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca and Toledo and two satellite campuses are located in Talavera de la Reina and Almadén. TheUniversity currently offers 45 Bachelor’s degree programmes and 34 official Master’s degree programmes and a wide a selection of postgraduate courses and doctorate programmes.
There are currently over 30,000 students withabout 2,500 professors and researchers and nearly 1,100 administrative staff.
Research policy at UCLM has allowed academic staff a great collaboration with other research institutes, and because of external links, research work is performed both outside and within the University itself by over 237 subject groups. UCLM is higly ranked in the main national and international rankings that include R & D and I indicators.
Regarding the University social activities, there is an intense cultural focus on exhibitions, concerts, lecture series, cinema clubs, book readings etc. The buildings and artefacts held by the UCLM mainly come from Toledo, Cuenca and Ciudad Real and they date back to the 15th century. The unique University buildings are a testimony of the Spanish History with an immeasurable value of national cultural heritage.

Research Topics

The University was awarded with the CYTEMA distinction in 2010, as a European benchmark in Energy and Environmental science and technology. This project took advantage of the strengths in R+D in Energy and Environment within the University with 14 research institutes, more than fifty research groups and over five hundred researchers that address the theme of Energy and the Environment in the field of engineering, experimental sciences, social sciences, law, architecture, arts, humanities and health sciences

Project Role

UCLM is a key partner for completion of WP 1, WP 2 and WP 3. Additional tasks for UCLM will be:

  • To support Project Coordinator in Project execution and monitoring the progress;
  • To work on the Project Network development in Spain;
  • To take part in the modernisation and enhancing of the structure and syllabus of the selected modules on Renewable Energy on Bachelor and Master levels and distance improvement of Skills Development of PhD students doing research in Renewable Energy Area.
  • To assist partners in setting up teaching laboratories and deriving the Laboratory work notes;
  • To take part in the teaching process;
  • To participate in quality assurance of all teaching methods and processes;
  • To actively participate in promotion and dissemination of project activities and results on local, national and international levels.

People (staff members)

Magín Lapuerta is Professor at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, since 1995. Previously, he was assistant professor at the University Politécnica de Valencia, also in Spain. He has lead the Fuels and Engines Group since its foundation in 1996. The research lines of this group are mainly focused on diesel combustion and emissions, with particular attention to the effect of the use of residual and renewable fuels from different feedstoke on the engine gaseous and particulate emissions. He spent a sabbatical year in the Pennsylvania State University (2010-2011) collaborating with Prof. A.L. Boehman, and a four-month stage (2014) at the Combustion Research Laboratory (University of Toronto) collaborating with Prof. M.J. Thomson. He has advised 11 doctoral theses, presented at more than 80 Congresses, published 75 scientific articles in international journals, collaborated with around 50 companies in the area of fuels and engines and received funds for 20 competitive projects.

Juan J. Hernández is a full professor at the University of Castilla-La Mancha. His research activity is focused on diesel engines performance and pollutant emissions, characterization and testing of biofuels used in the transport sector and energy conversion of biomass through combustion and gasification processes. Prof. Hernández has published more than 60 papers in high impact international journals as well as in relevant international Congresses. He has been the responsible for several research projects funded by both private companies and public institutions, and he has supervised five doctoral thesis focused on renewable energy and diesel engines.

Rosario Ballesteros graduated as Chemist at the Universidad de Castilla La Mancha (UCLM) in 1997, and presented her PhD at the same university in March 2002. She became Lecturer in March 2006, after a year postdoctoral stage-stage at the University of Leeds, during which she worked in chemical speciation of engine emissions. She has authored 5 books, 11 presentations in international Congresses and more than 20 journal papers.

Dr José Rodríguez-Fernández is currently a Lecturer in Department of Applied Mechanics and Project Engineering at the University of Castilla-La Macha in Ciudad Real (Spain). His teaching and research is related to the Energy and Environment Fields, specially focused on the use of biofuels and other advanced fuels in the transport sector. He has 22 publications in JCR journals and 11 participations in scientific Congresses. He has also participated in 12 R & D Projects funded through Public Official Announcements and in numerous R&D contracts of special relevance with companies.