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CETIM is committed to bioeconomy and circular economy, also applied to the plastics sector, to achieve a renewable and environmentally sustainable industry that minimizes its dependence on fossil sources. We research the obtaining of both thermostable and thermoplastic biopolymers, from a wide variety of natural primary and secondary sources. We work on their final application in sectors such as wind power, construction or chemicals.

Our research line in Emerging Bio-based Technologies develops projects for the bioremediation of raw materials of strategic value by means of enzymes, microalgae, fungi or bacteria. These bioprocesses show potential for a qualitative leap in the processes of obtaining and recovering metals (such as cobalt, magnesium, rare earths or platinum group metals), both in primary raw materials (mining sector) and secondary raw materials (industrial by-products,...

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Construction is an industry constantly present in our daily lives: from the buildings in which we live and work, to the establishments in which we enjoy our leisure time, such as theatres or shopping centres, and the transport infrastructures that we use to move around.   This great presence in our lives is also reflected in great environmental and economic impacts. The sector represents nearly 40% of...

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In the third CETIM bulletin, we analyze how water treatment plants are becoming recovery plants for valuable resources such as nitrogen or phosphorus or even reuse water for irrigation.   We also interview Frank Rogalla, R&D Director of FCC Aqualia, a company with which we develop projects such as LIFE ULISES or H2020 REWAISE.   Culleredo, December 26, 2019. The theme highlighted this bulletin is a complete report on the...

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Humanity demographic and social growth and the development of sanitation and water treatment infrastructure are closely linked. Thanks to them, we live in healthy environments and minimize the impact on the environment around us and from which we supply ourselves.   Although this type of infrastructure was built by societies like the Roman, it was not until 1827 when James Simpson built the first modern and effective...

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Circular and eco-sustainable economy is the new economic model of mandatory application, not only because of the need to take care of an increasingly resentful planet with human action and with the enormous amount of waste we produce. Also for all the possibilities it offers for the industrial sector in need of new innovative alternatives to fossil resources.   According to the “European Bioeconomy in Figures” report...

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These researches, financed by European Union programs Horizon2020 and LIFE, involve an investment mobilization of around € 25 million.   Among the benefits for society are from reducing the importation of critical raw materials to optimizing water treatment systems.     Culleredo, May 27, 2019. Since its beginnings in 2011, CETIM has collaborated, and led, international projects with objectives such as improving water quality or revalorizate by-products; as well as...

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