The department, in conjunction with the group’s business areas, is rolling out two projects linked to research in the area of urban wastewater.
The Electrowetland Project:
Research and development of new technology to make the process of removing organic matter from wastewater more efficient, while simultaneously retrieving electrical energy.
The goal is to improve the performance of wetland systems, creating a competitive advantage for the business in the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) market.
This research aims to perfect wetland systems through incorporative bioelectrochemical systems in order to make the processes of removing organic material more efficient, while simultaneously seeking to retrieve electrical energy so that it can be reused to monitor the entire process.
This project is co-financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund within the framework of the ERDF Operational Program for Catalonia 2014-2020, with a subsidy of €98,830.20. Thematic goal: To promote technological development, innovation and quality research.
The Watertur Project:
Research into new technologies to manage the water cycle in tourist facilities in an intelligent and sustainable way. This research aims to develop innovative technologies to optimize and provide higher intelligence to the main points of water consumption and purification, primarily in the recreational area and in the different treatment systems that exist in a hotel facility.
The project seeks to apply advanced technology to grey-water treatment—waste water that comes from domestic use such as washing clothes or dishes, as well as bath water—through the implementation of a wetland with a vertical wall configuration and bioelectrochemical technology to generate energy.
This project is co-financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund within the framework of the ERDF Operational Program for Catalonia 2014-2020, with a subsidy of €516,776.40 for the entire project, €44,045.95 of which has been allocated to Sorigué. Thematic goal: To promote technological development, innovation and quality research.
Both projects are developed in collaboration with the Leitat technological center and have been subsidized by the ACC1Ó agency, which promotes business competition in the Generalitat of Catalonia through the European Regional Development Fund within the framework of the ERDF Operational Program for Catalonia 2014-2020.
Research that seeks to develop a technology that transforms out-of-use tire waste and biostabilized material – waste not previously studied with new technologies –, into a new activated carbon filter. The goal is for this new product to be able to adsorb bad odors, heavy metals, organic matter and emerging contaminants in the treatment of water and derivatives.
The ResActiv project seeks, on the one hand, to produce a high-added-value product for the water management sector within the circular economy. On the other hand, it is committed to reducing the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill, giving a solution for waste whose material and energy could not be assessed up to this point.
The ResActiv project is fully developed by Sorigué. In its first stage, the group will be supported by the Carnot MICA Institute (France), whose specialty is the study of activated charcoal.
The research is supported by the Core R&D Grants for Circular Economy projects offered by the Generalitat de Catalunya’s ACCIÓ agency and is funded by the Waste Agency of Catalonia (ARC).
Between 2012 and 2020, the research laboratory have carried out these R&D+i projects, among others:
Tubotex: project with the objective of manufacturing pipelines using technology based on new materials which will replace reinforced concrete in the production of large-scale pipelines. The project is approved by the Management Board of the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI), and also has support from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
New ultrafine mix positioning system (AUTL-PLUS): a project which optimizes the functional characteristics of a high-performance wearing course with regard to friction, guaranteeing the thinnest layer and achieving greater robustness. The project is being financed by the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) and by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
High-performance bituminous mixtures using new lowtemperature technologies (MB2t): developed by a consortium of five top companies lead by Sorigué, in collaboration with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), with finances from the Spanish Center for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI).
Neoballast: the creation of a durable, Eco-friendly, and high-performance ballast. The new design hopes to solve two major problems of railway tracks: track degradation, and noise and vibrations. This project has ben a part of the Horizon 2020 program, which is being undertaken in collaboration with COMSA, Dynamics, Structures and Systems International, Talleres Felipe Verdés and Mapei.
High performance coldrecycling emulsion: developed by Sorigué, the ECL2REC emulsion allows the early creation of a more cohesive mix, which makes it a sustainable option for the structural rehabilitation of aging pavements.
Efficient use of milling: Sorigué has exclusively researched the use of in-plant recycling to increase efficiency.
Albepav: the development of ambient temperature mixtures that use recycled glass to reduce the “heat island” effect of pavement, in collaboration with COMSA, Progeo and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). This project has been funded by the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI).
Bimodal Emulsions: a project to improve the viscosity of current emulsions by using a differential distribution of differently-sized particles. Developed exclusively by Sorigué.
Safe road surfaces: Sorigué, in collaboration with two divisions of the Applus+ group, IDIADA and Energy & Industry, takes part in the project “Future Roads Energy and Adherence Knowledge”. The project aims to gain greater knowledge on surface-tyre adhesion processes during different service provision conditions. The goal of this consortium is to further develop the design of road surfaces, the capacity to predict the behaviour of the development as a whole, and to gain a greater understanding of the factors that determine surface properties.
Sequ2: A study of the technical and financial feasibility of an industrial process that aims to value material removed from roads at the end of its service life. The purpose of this project is to supplement recycling lines currently in existence, in response to situations in which technical limitations prevent them from being included or whereby their rates are increased by the methods currently applied.
Piezoroad: The goal of this project is to develop electricity-generating elements based on the use of piezoelectric patches that can be extensively embedded in road surfaces. The project features the collaboration of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Catalonia Polytechnic University, UPC) and funding from the Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (Spain’s Centre for Industrial Technological Development, CDTI).
Smartmove: The development of technology based on magnetic markers with the aim of increasing the preventive safety of self-driving vehicles on roads. The goal of this system is to strengthen conventional systems based on detecting obstacles and guided using cameras or LiDAR. Developed in collaboration with Elecnor and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Catalonia Polytechnic University, UPC). It is funded by ACCIÓ, within the framework of the “Nuclis de Recerca industrial i desenvolupament experimental” [Industrial Research and Experimental Development Nuclei] selection process, for the development of the RIS3CAT strategy.
Between 2011 and 2014, Sorigué participated in the “Commercial development of a tool to efficiently manage the programming of plot irrigation based on high-resolution thermal images”, along with Codorniu, ITRA and IAS-CSIC. The project received funding from the Ministry of Science and Innovation under the framework of the Innpacto meeting in the year 2011.
Thanks to the development of this project, a tool that allows the farmer to irrigate efficiently has been developed, as he or she is aware at all times of the hydrological state of each one of the sub-zones of a plot, which represents important progress in the efficiency of managing large areas.