Ongoing projects

BIOCISTUS 4.0 National Plan PID2020-114467RR-C32.

Development of cultivation techniques for Cistus ladanifer subsp. ladanifer L. in the center of the Iberian Peninsula. 

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In this project we propose the cultivation of Cistus ladanifer (rockrose) and the sustainable exploitation with circularity criteria of the bioproducts generated, such as essential oils, oleoresin and lignocellulosic biomass. It also includes the application of intelligent algorithms for the optimisation of the production of these bioproducts.

Partners: IMIDRA (coordinator), CEDER-CIEMAT and UPV.

BeonNAT Horizon 2020. H2020-BBI-JTI-2019

Innovative value chains from tree & shrub species grown in marginal lands as a source of biomass for bio-based industries. Horizon 2020. H2020-BBI-JTI-2019.

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This project is coordinated by the Biomass Unit and comprises 16 partners from six different countries. The aim is to develop value chains, over the course of five years, which will link the cultivation and utilization of forest biomass to bio-based industries, using tree and/or shrub species that have little to no current use. We plan to obtain extracts, essential oils, bioplastics, particleboard, biochar and absorbents, using innovative techniques in every link along the value chain for the these products.

DRY4GAS. LIFE 16 ENV/ES/000342

Project Waste Water sludge solar DRYing FOR energy recovery through gasification GAS (DRY4GAS). LIFE 16 ENV/ES/000342. 

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DRY4GAS is a demonstration project that proposes a technological and environmentally sustainable solution for processing and managing the sludge generated by wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). The main aim of the project is to reduce the environmental impact associated with the conventional processing and management of sludge from WWTPs by applying the proposed technological solution for the San Javier WWTP in Murcia, where the prototype developed as part of this project will be installed.    

MAGIC. H2020-RUR-2016-2

Marginal lands for Growing Industrial Crops: Turning a burden into an opportunityā€¯. (MAGIC). Deadline Id: H2020-RUR-2016-2. Proposal number: 727698-2. 

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The main aim of this project is the development of lignocellulosic crops for industrial use (including energy-related applications) that are economically viable and can be grown sustainably on marginal agricultural land. Among other activities, the project aims to create a database on the industrial crops that are already grown in the EU, with information on their agricultural characteristics, requirements, biomass quality and yield with regard to different applications. Areas of marginal growing land within the EU will be mapped and an experimental programme launched for the cultivation of lignocellulosic crops in participating countries.


Brazil-EU Cooperation for Development of Advanced Lignocellulosic Biofuels. (BECOOL). Id: H2020-LCE-2016-RES-IA Proposal number: 744821.

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The main aim of this project is to strengthen cooperation between the EU and Brazil in order to coordinate the development of value chains for advanced biofuels. The project covers the full range of activities all along the biofuel value chain: biomass production, logistics, conversion and exploitation. As well as improving logistics, the implementation of innovative cultivation systems through the BECOOL initiative will make it possible to increase the raw material of biomass without negatively impacting food production, soil quality or habitual land uses. The project brings together 17 participants from seven countries.

Completed Projects


LIFE ENERBIOSCRUB - Sustainable management of shrubs formations for energy purposes LIFE13 ENV/ES/000660.

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The main aim of this project is to help reduce greenhouse gases through the sustainable production of energy from forest mass that is both highly flammable and has little or no management, as is the case for many areas of scrubland. The project makes use of innovative methods of clearing and harvesting forest mass that are not currently used, as they are not sufficiently well-known and have not been proven for use in southern Europe. The project also involves the study of the full length of the value chain: from the crops in the field through to the end use of the resultant biofuels in heat and electricity production.

Flexifuel CHX

Development of a fuel flexible and highly efficient ultra low emission residential-scale boiler with coupled heat recuperation based on flue gas condensation (Flexifuel CHX).

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The aim of the FlexiFuel project is to develop a fuel-flexible boiler that is capable of burning wood chips, olive pits, nutshells and agricultural pellets, offers power ranging from 20 kW to 130 kW, is highly energy efficient owing to the condensation of water from fumes, emits very few particles (< 13 mg/MJ), has almost zero emissions for other environmentally toxic components such as CO and VOCs, and offers a 50% reduction in nitrogen oxides.

Biomasud Plus

Development of a sustainable market for solid biofuels of Mediterranean origin intended for domestic use. (Biomasud Plus).

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Its main aim is to develop integrated solutions for promoting a sustainable market for solid biofuels that are of Mediterranean origin and intended for use in residential heating systems. Specifically, this involves: developing and implementing a certification system for quality and sustainability; evaluating existing barriers and identifying solutions; and developing tools and databases with information on sustainable biomass resources in order to obtain an overview of the situation and identify the supply chains.