Technological Centre

CETIM hosts the presentation of the first Conecta PEME projects investigations

Through four projects, in which CETIM participates as a technology partner, it drives the circular economy in Galician strategic sectors creating products with high added value from waste.

To attend the event, with limited capacity, please confirm by email to until Tuesday 26.


Culleredo, November 22, 2019. On Wednesday 27, CETIM Technological Centre will host the presentation of the first results of four Conecta PEME projects in which it participates as a technology partner: DEGRADE (10:30h), BIOCHARMB ( 11:00h). BIOPOL (11:30h) and MEXICAL (12:00h). During this open event, the leading partners of each investigation will present the specific objectives and stage of each work. Due to the capacity limit, those interested in attending must confirm assistance by email until Tuesday 26.


BIOPOL project focuses on the “Obtaining of BIOPOLimers from by-products of the dairy industry and application in sectors of interest”. Its consortium is formed by the companies ENSO Environmental Solutions, DairyLAC, CARINSA, SOELEC España and INDUTEC Ingenieros (leader). With the technological support of CETIM, the partners are carrying out the research, development and validation of a new process for obtaining biopolymers (polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), based on the use of by-products and waste streams generated in the dairy industry. The objective is to improve the encapsulation of aromas and fragrances for the detergent and cosmetic sector making it eco-sustainable.


The purpose of MEXICAL is the integration of the mussel shell in its own production process and to achieve “zero waste”. Thus, the partners of this project (INDUTEC Ingenieros, TRESIMA, VITALMAR and Galaytec (leader) are studying the best methodology to optimize the shell of this mollusk in situ. In a final phase, they will evaluate its application in value-added products as a fertilizer mineral based on calcium carbonate with easy agricultural assimilation and high chemical reactivity and in a protein concentrate with a high concentration of salts and intended for animal feed, thanks to the inorganic and organic fractions associated with this by-product, respectively.


On the other hand, in the framework of DEGRADE a technology based on photoelectrocatalysis is being developed, by combining UV-LED lamps, to replace the current LED lamps, with nanocluster-based photocatalysts on a conductive material, and the generation of radicals highly oxidizers The objective is to eliminate both emerging organic pollutants and pathogens from wastewater treatment plants. The consortium is formed by NANOGAP, LEDISSON and INTACTA Gestión Ambiental (leader), with the technological support of CETIM and the University of Santiago de Compostela.


Through the BIOCHARMB project, a biomass utilization model will be developed based on the transformation of plant debris into biochar (a charcoal) through pyrolysis combustion. Apart from developing sustainable treatment systems with low construction and operation costs, BIOCHARM opens the way to diversify and increase the competitiveness of the Galician forestry sector. The consortium of companies is formed by INTACTA (leader), GESTÁN, Valora Consultores and ENSO Innovation.


The four works are carried out in several phases until the end of 2020 with a total budget of 3.9 million euros, of which 56% (€ 2.2M) is funded through the Conecta PEME program of the Galician Axencia Innovation (GAIN) and the rest (€ 1.7M) corresponds to private financing provided by the 13 partners.