Technological Centre


We developed a system for microfibers detection and quantification in wastewater

During the 4 years of duration, the FIBERCLEAN project has investigated new textile products, more sustainable and with a low (or no) emission of microfibers, of higher quality and resistance.

The consortium covers the entire value chain of the product, from the generation of the fabric, its shaping and finishing to the washing process and wastewater treatment.

CETIM, we collaborated with MAGTEL, in the design, implementation and validation of a new system for the detection and quantification of microfibers in wastewater.

New microplastics sensor in industrial wastewater
We CETIM are experts in sustainability matters and, within the textile sector, our knowledge is endorsed by different projects –DRAINRAIN, MIDWOR, ANAGUA, TREFO– in which we work to bring improvements to the sector. In this sense, at FIBERCLEAN, CETIM we collaborated with MAGTEL in the design, implementation and validation of a new system for the detection and quantification of microfibers in wastewater.

First, we defined the technical parameters of the detection systems and participated in the analysis of the characteristics of the microfibers present in the wastewater. Subsequently, hardware systems for capturing images of liquid samples have been investigated, evaluating the use of different technologies such as: hyperspectral cameras, FTIR spectrometers or artificial vision cameras. Likewise, in collaboration with the University of Córdoba, image analysis algorithms have been investigated that allow the identification and quantification of the microfibers present in the samples.

Finally, the entire consortium participates in the implementation of the technologies developed to evaluate the effectiveness of the results obtained in the minimization / elimination of microfibers throughout the textile value chain.

Detail of the textile fibers detection in the FIBERCLEAN project.


FIBERCLEAN reduces the emission of microfibers from textile products
FIBERCLEAN general objective is to reduce the emission of microfibers through the entire value chain of the manufacture and maintenance of fabrics and garments.

FIBERCLEAN consortium, led by Textil Santanderina, aims to solve the problem that the presence of microfibers in the environment entails, on the one hand, from the point of view of textile elements and, on the other hand, from the point of view of washing and sewage treatment. For this, through different technologies, the 7 companies of the project (Textil Santanderina, Polysistec, Antex, Depuración de Aguas del Mediterráneo (DAM), SPB y MAGTEL) have as a common objective to produce new yarns, fabrics and garments that emit fewer fibers and are more environmentally friendly: minimize microfiber emissions during washing, develop detergents and / or softeners that allow to preserve and protect microfibers, develop new wash profiles that minimize their release, develop new solutions that allow the separation and recovery of microfibers, degrade them and prevent their release, and the aforementioned development of a new optical sensor that allows quantifying the amount of microfibers present in treatment plants, and evaluating their presence in seas and oceans.

Thus, FIBERCLEAN’s success, in addition to placing the consortium partners in a very competitive position throughout the textile value chain, will allow the commercialization of products under the name or brand FIBERCLEAN, that is, sustainable products with a low microfiber emission (quantified and certified), or zero emissions, and of higher quality and resistance.