Technological Centre

At CETIM we seek solutions to restore land, halt desertification and strengthen resilience to drought

Today, 5th June, is World Environment Day, a very important date for our Technological Centre due to our involvement in the circular economy and sustainability in more than 90% of our research projects.

Today is World Environment Day, a date that stands out for all of us because of the importance of caring for and respecting the environment that surrounds us, but above all in our Technological Centre, as our activity is almost completely linked to the development of more efficient and sustainable technologies, as 90% of the research projects we work on are linked to sustainability.

This year’s World Environment Day theme is ‘Our Lands. Our Future. We are the #GenerationRestoration‘ because we must restore land, stop desertification and strengthen resilience to drought to protect our future and that of the next generations. These three keys are very clear to us at CETIM, which has been researching soil and water treatment since our beginnings.

Land restoration

Firstly, at CETIM we develop environmental remediation technologies for the regeneration of contaminated soils, biodegradation of microplastics and recovery of raw materials from natural sources. In addition, we seek solutions based on the circular economy of forest residues.

An example of this is Newpower, a project financed by the Interreg Sudoe Programme through the European Union’s Feder Fund, which aims to research solutions for the sustainable management of agricultural and forestry waste through innovative conversion processes, the development of renewable energies and new products with high added value.

CETIM is participating in the initiative together with the Universities of Vigo, Zaragoza, Lleida, Minho, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse and INRAE-Toulouse Biotechnology Institute. Specifically, in our Technology Centre we will carry out the revaluation of lignocellulosic fractions, in this case materials derived from agricultural waste such as straw, bagasse or sawdust, among others. To this end, we will obtain nanoparticles and films to manufacture future packaging for the food sector.

Halting desertification

To stop desertification, at CETIM we research new techniques to mitigate erosion and prevent soil loss in areas affected by forest fires. Some of the tools we develop are Internet of Things, Artificial Vision and other sensing applications that allow us to monitor different ecosystems. We also create anti-drainants based on fungi and other microbiomes that enhance vegetation growth.

This is what we are doing with the collaboration of Generandi in the MICOVISIÓN project, an initiative in which we are designing an Artificial Vision system to detect fungal damage to aromatic and medicinal plants intended for food use. Thanks to the technology we are developing in the research funded by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism through the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism and the NextGenerationEU funds of the European Union, it will be possible to establish a diagnostic system for the safe and early detection of mycotoxins in plants such as oregano or basil.

Trials by the Digital Industry area of CETIM for MICOVISION.

Building drought resilience

Another of the critical points that threaten the environment around us is drought. At CETIM we have our own research line for water treatment in which we develop technologies for the reuse and reuse of water to alleviate the water stress to which more and more areas are subjected.

At our Technology Centre we have more than 10 projects in this line, including our best-known success story, LIFE GREEN SEWER, in which we developed membrane technologies to treat water and obtained high quality reuse water for agriculture.

Another of the disruptive projects in this same line that we are currently developing at CETIM is LIFE PHOENIX, an initiative that aims to convert wastewater into a high-value element for reuse in agricultural irrigation in a safe and efficient way, following European regulations on the reuse of wastewater for agricultural purposes.

Pilot developed at LIFE PHOENIX.

Thanks to the R&D&I that we carry out in the Technological Centres, together with the involvement of all the agents of our society, we can move towards a more sustainable future and a decarbonised economy. To achieve this, we must learn from our past mistakes and become the #GenerationRestoration.