At aqualia, innovation is managed in accordance with the principle set out in the Master Plan of FCC: responsible innovation.
In this regard, aqualia is at the forefront of initiatives that promote technological innovation and process optimisation.
In a sign of its commitment in this area, aqualia increases its R&D budget each year. In 2010, it invested 1.5 million euros in R&D and had 10 projects in train. Its main areas of action in R&D are as follows:
Improvement in the quality of water treatment- In particular desalination, the reuse of effluent and mud, water supplies and elements for the detection, measurement and transmission of data.
One example of work in this area is the MBR project in Vigo: the development of new processes for the reuse of urban effluent in collaboration with the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, 3R and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).
Sustainability- Working on reducing energy costs and the use of sludge as alternative resources and treatments.
One such project is the pilot microalgae plant in Arcos de la Frontera. The purpose of this plant, which is being built in collaboration with the Universidad de Cádiz, Iberdrola and Bio-Oil, is to assess photopurification using algae and the production of high-value biomass.
Integral management- Where the main objective is the optimisation of management systems.
One example of this is the project to modernise the Denia distribution network. The aim of this project is to detect and minimise physical waste and the waste of energy.