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Innovative Projects R+D+I

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.

PRODESA is committed to development based on knowledge and technology with the aim of contributing solutions that aid in resolving social and environmental problems and improving the quality of life.

Its strategy in the area of R+D involves making prospective investments in two lines of research:

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

Basic Objectives

  • To move forward to a position of international leadership
  • To promote the quality of its human capital
  • To improve its technologies with innovative processes
  • To consolidate and improve performances
  • Seeking productive diversification

PRODESA has taken part in the following R+D+I projects:

Major Plant Development

Internal Research and Development Project. Its aim is to study the needs of the major wood pellet production plants in comparison to the medium size production plants as well as developing the new technologies that are needed to be in accordance to the sector demand.

This is an internal research and development project that began in 2012 and finalized in 2014.

The beginning of this project arise from the industrial pellets demand from the thermal production plants due to the new goals of the European Union to incorporate the solid biofuel in the power plants.

The aim of this project is to study the needs of the major wood pellet production plants in comparision to the medium size production plants as well as developing the new technologies that are needed to be in accordance to the sector demand.

The main topics developed to achieve the global objective are the following:

  • Identification of the requirements of the final industrial pellet users.
  • Analyze the effect of big productions in the different plant components and develop new solutions/technologies.
  • Update the design and dimensioning of the different process lines to achieve the big capacities.
  • Study and update the basic plant layout.



OTERSU± CENIT project

co-funded by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade. It aims to minimise and valorise Municipal Solid Waste.

PRODESA takes part in OTERSU± project, one of the 16 strategic industrial research projects in programme CÉNIT, co-funded by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade.

The project’s target is to create an “Observatory of Technologies for Treatment of Municipal Solid Waste” to analyse and study all the technologies to minimise and valorise the MSW, as well as the byproducts treatments (that nowadays represent a problem, such as leaching, ashes, emissions and odours).
OTERSU project is structured on several phases in which a consortium of 9 companies takes part, with a significant presence of the Public Research Organisms.
PRODESA takes part in the WSM pretreatment requiered for its later valorisation, specifically by developing a thermal drying technology that fits the WSM characteristics.


BEET PULP project

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

(European Union’s VI Framework Programme) proposes the valorisation of beet pulp as an additive for paper production. This project will enable an innovative valorisation of beet compared to the usual applications for cattle feeding.

The project consists of several work packages. PRODESA’s participation in BEET PULP focuses 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.


UPGRADING_SRF project

funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. It aims is to develop a recovered solid fuel (SRF) from Municipal Solid Waste.PRODESA takes part in the project UPGRADING-SRF, framed within the program INNPACTO 2012 called by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, considering that the project is an experimental demonstration of new technologies for producing Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) from municipal solid waste.

The aim of UPGRADING-SRF project is to develop a new refuse-derived fuel (CSR / SRF) from rejections mechanical and biological processes of municipal solid waste (MSW) treatment as well as industrial waste similar to urban.