R&D Projects

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PRODESA is committed with the development of R&D+i (Research, Development and Innovation) activities that allow us to provide solutions to the clients requirements in the biomass field.

Our strategy in the area of R&D is focused on two lines of research:

  • Research applied for a practical end.
  • Research for the development of new products or process.


In PRODESA, we believe research and development is essential to get to improve our solutions, fulfill market needs and gain efficiency.

Due to the ongoing R&D projects we are working on, we received the Certificate Innovative SME from the Spanish Government of Industry, Economy and Competitiveness.

This recognition reinforces our commitment to continuing the innovative path.

2012-2014 Large Capacity Plants Development

The aim was to study the needs for large capacity wood pellet production plants compared to medium size plants and to develop the new technologies required to fulfill the demands of the market.

The project focused on the following areas:

  • Identification of the requirements of the final industrial pellet users.
  • Update the design and dimensioning of the different process lines to achieve larger capacities.

2006-2010 OTERSU± CENIT project. Solid Waste

Co-funded by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade.

The objetive was to create an “Observatory of Technologies for Treatment of Municipal Solid Waste” to analyze and study all the technologies to minimize and valorize the MSW, as well as the byproducts treatments that nowadays represent a problem, such as leaching, ashes, emissions and odours.

2006-2009 BEET PULP project. Innovative valorization

European Union’s VI Framework Programme studied the use of beet pulp as an additive for paper and board production.

This project enabled an innovative valorization of beet compared to the usual applications for cattle feeding.

PRODESA’s participation in BEET PULP focused on transforming beet pulp into a vegetable additive, specifically in the stage of thermal drying before the pulp micronisation that transforms it into a vegetable microadditive for paper.

2012-2015 UPGRADING SRF project. Solid Waste

The project was an experimental demonstration of new technologies for producing Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) from municipal solid waste. The Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, included in INNPACTO 2012 plan, funded the program.

The objective was to develop a new refuse-derived fuel (CSR/SRF) from rejected mechanical and biological process of municipal solid waste (MSW) treatment, as well as from industrial waste, similar to urban waste.


The project focused on the use of biomass to produce heat and its application on the cogeneration technologies in the solid biofuels production plants.

The Spanish Center of Industrial Development and Technology (CDTI), which belongs to the Ministry of Science and Innovation, funded the program.