Grupo de Biotecnoloxía Ambiental

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

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Convenio de colaboración entre a Entidade Pública Empresarial Augas de Galicia e a Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (INNOVAUGAS)
Main researcher: Maite Moreira
Financial organism: Augas de Galicia (Xunta de Galicia)
Reference: 2022-CP060
Date: 28/07/2022 - 30/04/2022
Amount: 338316.00€
Scope: Proyecto autonómico

The project involves a series of tasks in the framework of water treatment and different valorization strategies. It includes a diagnosis of the circular economy opportunities in this sector, including energy production through anaerobic co-digestion of sludge and waste from Galician WWTPs, as well as the selective production of volatile fatty acids, which are valorized to produce bioplastics, as well as other strategies to maximize the use of organic matter from the sludge line.

On the other hand, another important aspect to analyze when it comes to evaluating the circularity of WWTPs is to carry out a diagnosis from the environmental, social and economic perspectives regarding their adequacy within the framework of the circular economy. That is why the INNOVAGUAS project includes an evaluation of eco-efficiency through the development of circularity indicators in the water cycle. Furthermore, a study of the perception and acceptance of the uses of recycled water and of the resources valorized from treatment waste flows is also assessed.

Un pavimento botánico para Santiago de Compostela. Identificación de especies adecuadas para crecer e cohesionar nas xuntas de pavimento: Fase I de estudo de viabilidade
Working Group: Sabela Balboa
Financial organism: Joscón Construcciones, S.L.
Reference: 2022-CE085
Date: 30/06/2022 - 30/07/2022
Amount: 1452.00€
Partners: Patricia Sanmartín Sánchez


Asesoramiento científico-técnico para el diseño y seguimiento del sistema de tratamiento de efluentes ANNAMOX
Main researcher: Anuska Mosquera
Working Group: Lucía Argiz
Financial organism: FCC-Aqualia
Reference: Subcontratación del LIFE14 CCM/ES/000865. (Methamorphosis)
Date: 01/01/2017 - 31/12/2017
Amount: 45989.92€


Valorización de residuos orgánicos con control avanzado e monitoraxe óptica (ROMEO)
Main researcher: Juan M. Lema
Reference: CONECTA PYME. IN852A2016/97-2. (2016-2018)
Date: 09/12/2016 - 09/12/2016
Amount: 65785.13€
Scope: Proyecto autonómico
Partners: Roca Roibás, S.A.U., AQUA-NOR Aguas del Noroeste, S.L., Centro de Valorización Ambiental del Norte, S.L., Indutec Ingenieros, S.L.U. y XILOGA, S.L.
El estudio del efecto del carbón activo en polvo en el proceso SeMPAC sobre la eliminación de los microcontaminantes más persistentes y sobre la posible biodegradación de los compuestos adsorbidos.
Main researcher: Francisco Omil
Reference: 2016-CL047
Date: 01/09/2016 - 30/04/2017
Amount: 34073.75€
Partners: CETAQUA
Improved wastewater treatment in small population centers (MEDRAR)
Main researcher: Marta Carballa, Juan M. Lema
Reference: CONECTA PYME IN852A 2016/12. Otri 2016-CE087. (220/01400)
Date: 29/01/2016 - 30/11/2018
Amount: 78119.78€
Scope: Proyecto autonómico
Partners: Canalizaciones y Construcciones Salnés, S.L., ASM Soft, S.L. y Tratamiento Industrial del Agua, S.A.
Mejora en la depuración de aguas residuales en pequeños núcleos de población (MEDRAR)

The general objective of the MEDRAR project is to develop and experimentally demonstrate an innovative and sustainable modular system of wastewater treatment for small populations adapted to the characteristics of the flow of water to be treated and the standards of effluent discharge or the reuse of treated water. It applies to urban waste water or gray and black waters both for small population areas or small urban / industrial agglomerations with separate networks, as well as for areas that do not have these systems.

Clean air technology change (CATCH)
Main researcher: Gumersindo Feijoo
Reference: CONECTA PYME. (2016-2018) IN852A 2016/125
Date: 01/01/2016 - 01/01/2018
Amount: 48856.14€
Scope: Proyecto autonómico
Partners: Serviguide Consultoría, S.L., 4Gotas Atmósfera y Océano, S.L., Bahía Software, S.L.U., Sistemas Audiovisuales Itelsis, S.L., Tecnologías PLEXUS, S.L.

The Biogroup of the University of Santiago de Compostela takes part in the CATCH (Clean Air Technology CHange) project, which is co-funded by the Xunta de Galicia, via the Axencia Galega de Innovación, and FEDER. Serviguide leads the project with the participation of 4gotas, Bahía Software, Plexus and Itelsis as well as the Biogroup and Gradiant by subcontracting. The CATCH project (IN852A 2016/125) aims at the efficient management of smart cities: controlling emissions, acting on principal sources of pollution and protecting citizens. A comprehensive tool will be developed to predict, monitor, control and reduce gaseous emissions (i.e. greenhouse gases) and particulate matter, among others. Additionally, energy use at different levels will be monitored, controlled and optimized when possible. Main objectives of the CATCH project are:

1. To quantify direct and indirect emissions related to stationary and mobile sources. The subsystem developed under the framework of this project will provide information in real time regarding emissions and electrical use of different activities. Moreover, air quality and the burdens associated with the target activities will be displayed focusing on particulate matter formation, damage to human health and damage to ecosystem diversity. This information will help to personnel in charge of industries or municipalities to evaluate the technical, environmental and economic viability of improvement actions proposed by the system.

2. Air quality vigilance. The tool will provide continuous information related to air quality parameters for a specific area (i.e. a city or a region). The parameters are measured in air monitoring stations which are located on the target area. Existing air monitoring stations will be adapted to have public OpenData and the implementation of new stations will be considered. Additionally, the development of meteorological models which comprise chemicals transport will allow more realistic values as well as the forecast for the following days. This objective will allow stablishing goals to reduce emissions, to consider the impact of different politics and to provide more realistic information to build measurements of reduction and protection as well as to elaborate predictions, alarms and recommendations for users.

3. Intelligent control of emissions and energy use. Developing an “intelligent” tool, using control algorithms and decision rules to find the tradeoff between energy saving and protection to humans and environment. The capacity of managing and acting on emission sources in remote mode will be part of the tool. Monitoring of conditions such as temperature and humidity and occupation of buildings will allow acting on lighting, changes of parameters, etc. The system will be able to simulate and propose new scenarios automatically (reducing emissions or changes on design or use) and to evaluate the viability of the recommendations in environmental and economic terms. Moreover, the tool will be provided with the capacities of predicting air quality, sending alarms and establishing recommendations for citizens. Special attention is paid to mobile sources (vehicles) by means of savings and changes of parameters such as proposal of optimal routes.

4. Service to the personnel in charge of the infrastructure/area analysed. The functionality of the tool will be validated by providing users with information: evolution of indicators if the system, alarms, and recommendations using apps (web and mobile phones). Citizens are invited to contribute to the improvement of the tool ant to take advantage of its use because it could be personalized: citizens can include their own systems, consumptions, equipment, etc. A public API will be offered to export non confidential data, which could be used by users.

The mission of the Biogroup is to support partners in their specific tasks, with a significant participation on air quality vigilance as well as damage to humans and ecosystems evaluation.


Co-digestión con valorización de nitrógeno y biogás (Smart Green Gas)
Main researcher: Juan M. Lema, Marta Carballa
Financial organism: Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI). FCC AQUALIA, S.A.
Reference: (2014-CE224)
Date: 01/06/2015 - 03/12/2018
Amount: 147620.00€
Scope: Proyecto nacional
Verificación de las mejores tecnologías disponibles para el tratamiento de aguas residuales de cocederos de mejillón (al amparo del protocolo de colaboracion firmado con Consellería de Medio Rural y do Mar).
Main researcher: Juan M. Lema
Financial organism: Convenio Consellería Medio Rural e do Mar
Reference: (2015-DP002)
Date: 20/01/2015 - 31/12/2016
Amount: 45000.00€
Scope: Proyecto autonómico
Partners: Mejillones Ría de Arosa, Serafín Santorum, Pescados Marcelino, Cocedero Suárez, Cocedero Barrañamar, Paquito, Mejillones Nidal, Pescadona, y Leiro e Hijos.


Protocolo de colaboración para la consecución de una reducción de carga contaminante de las aguas residuales provenientes del proceso de cocción industrial de mejillón
Main researcher: Juan M. Lema
Financial organism: Consellería do Medio Rural e do Mar - Xunta de Galicia
Reference: ( 2014-CP123)
Date: 01/12/2014 - 01/12/2016
Amount: 36000.00€
Partners: Mejillones Ría de Arosa, S.L., Cocedero Barrañamar, S.L., Cocedero Suárez, S.L., Mejillones Nidal, S.L., Paquito, S.L. Pescadona, S.A. Pescados Marcelino, S.L. Serafín Santorum, S.L.
Asesoramiento en actuaciones en materia de vertidos. Evaluación de ofertas y selección de empresa instaladora
Main researcher: Juan M. Lema
Financial organism: Iris Cruña, S.L.
Date: 15/09/2014 - 15/12/2014
Amount: 4837.00€
Desarrollo de tecnología para la optimización de la co-digestión anaerobia de residuos (CoWare)
Main researcher: Juan M. Lema
Financial organism: Xunta de Galicia, Agencia Gallega de Innovación. Programa Conecta Pyme (FEDER-Galicia)
Date: 07/07/2014 - 30/06/2015
Amount: 105553.94€
Scope: Proyecto autonómico
Partners: Técnicas de Soft, S.A., FEIRACO, Espina Obras Hidráulicas
Técnicas de Soft, S.A. IN852A 2014/34. (2014-CE082). 52.642,50 €, FEIRACO. IN852A 2014/34-2. (2014-CE081). 14.784,32 €, Espina Obras Hidráulicas. IN852A 2014/34-3. (2014-CE080). 38.124,12 €
Asesoramiento en alternativas de vertedura industrial
Main researcher: Juan M. Lema
Financial organism: FRINSA del Noroeste
Date: 01/07/2014 - 31/10/2014
Amount: 1170.00€
Determinación óptima de mezclas para la codigestión anaerobia de lodos de depuradora urbana y de lodos de mataderos. Simulación de la digestión anaerobia de la co-digestión mediante una planta piltoto virtual
Main researcher: Juan M. Lema
Financial organism: Fundación Centro Tecnológico del Agua (CETAQUA)
Date: 17/06/2014 - 30/09/2014
Amount: 2000.00€
Desenvolvemento de solucións intelixentes para unha loxística verde (SIGSOL)
Main researcher: Gumersindo Feijoo
Financial organism: Xunta de Galicia (Programa Conecta Peme 2014)
Reference: IN852A 2014/15
Date: 15/02/2014 - 30/06/2015
Amount: 90000.00€
Scope: Proyecto autonómico
Partners: Kaleido Logisticis, Inxenia, USC
Zero Emissions City (ZEC)
Main researcher: Gumersindo Feijoo
Financial organism: Xunta de Galicia (Programa Conecta Peme 2014)
Date: 15/02/2014 - 30/06/2015
Amount: 16770.83€
Scope: Proyecto autonómico
Partners: Serviguide, Bahía Software, Plexus, Itelsis, Setga, USC e Gradiant
Servicios analíticos
Main researcher: Ramon J. Méndez Pampin
Financial organism: Varios
Date: 01/01/2014 - 31/12/2017
Amount: 50294.97€


Asesoramiento en ampliación en EDARI de Frinsa. Evaluación de ofertas y selección de empresa instaladora.
Main researcher: Juan M. Lema
Financial organism: FRINSA del Noroeste, S.A
Date: 25/11/2013 - 15/02/2014
Amount: 3213.00€
Asesoramiento en ampliación de EDARI de FRINSA. Lanzamiento de pliego.
Main researcher: Juan M. Lema
Financial organism: FRINSA del Noroeste, S.A.
Date: 04/11/2013 - 25/11/2013
Amount: 1386.00€
Nuevas tecnologías para la detección y eliminación de microcontaminantes emergentes en aguas residuales (DEMAGUA).
Main researcher: Juan M. Garrido
Reference: 2013-CE239
Date: 09/10/2013 - 31/12/2014
Amount: 240000.00€
Scope: Proyecto nacional
Juan M. Garrido (Espina Obras Hidráulicas) Juan M. Lema (SMA) Francisco Omil (Aquagest)
Incremento do valor da gama de leite modificado unicla mediante a reducion da pegada de carbono e declaracion na etiqueta
Main researcher: Almudena Hospido
Working Group: Sara Gonzalez
Financial organism: FEIRACO SOCIEDADE COOPERATIVA GALEGA (vía a Consellería do Medio Rural e do Mar)
Date: 22/07/2013 - 31/10/2015
Amount: 30910.00€
A life cycle analysis and environmental impact assesment of banana value chain in Ecuador
Main researcher: Almudena Hospido
Working Group: Laura Roibás
Financial organism: FAO
Date: 01/07/2013 - 15/01/2014
Amount: 24615.00€
Asistencia técnica en el proceso de actualización y revisión detallada de los estudios de Análisis de Ciclo de Vida del atún en conserva
Main researcher: Almudena Hospido
Financial organism: LUIS CALVO SANZ, S.A.
Date: 10/06/2013 - 31/12/2014
Amount: 16970.00€
Asistencia técnica en el proceso de actualización y revisión detallada de los estudios de Análisis de Ciclo de Vida del atún en conserva
Main researcher: Almudena Hospido
Reference: (2013-CE168)
Date: 10/06/2013 - 31/05/2016
Amount: 26630.00€
Partners: Luis Calvo Sanz, S.A
ALEGRÍA: Algas y energía para la valorización de las aguas residuales de la industria alimentaria.
Main researcher: Juan M. Garrido
Date: 03/04/2013 - 31/12/2014
Amount: 210600.00€
Scope: Proyecto nacional
Operación de un sistema de precipitación de fósforo como estruvita a escala piloto con el fin de optimizar la operación de la EDAR de Guillarei (Tui) evitando la precipitación incontrolada de fósforo en el sistema
Main researcher: Juan M. Garrido
Financial organism: AQUALIA, S.A.
Reference: 2013-CE082
Date: 04/03/2013 - 31/07/2013
Amount: 12000.00€
Scope: Proyecto autonómico
New membrane bioreactor for the removal of organic matter and nitrogen from wastewater – SIAM
Main researcher: Juan M. Garrido
Financial organism: USC / Aqualogy
Reference: 01.07
Date: 01/01/2013 - 31/12/2013
Amount: 34875.00€
Scope: Proyecto nacional
Plan 9 del Campus Vida (Vicerrectorado de investigación)
Asesoramiento especializado a empresas del sector del agua
Main researcher: Juan M. Lema
Financial organism: Varios
Date: 01/01/2013 - 31/12/2017
Amount: 95670.05€


Planta piloto para la valorización energética de residuos ganaderos por digestión anaerobia
Main researcher: Marta Carballa
Working Group: Juan M. Lema, Iván_Rodríguez
Financial organism: Unións Agrarias-UPA
Reference: 220/01031
Date: 23/03/2012 - 22/09/2012
Amount: 10060.00€
Asesoramiento en la construcción y montaje de una planta piloto, así como ayuda en la puesta en marcha y operación, incluyendo la realización de los análisis necesarios para evaluar el funcionamiento de la misma.


Evaluate the fesibility of an in situ liquid-liquid extraction coupled to a C4 alcohol fermentation system
Main researcher: Juan M. Lema
Working Group: Thelmo Lu Chau
Financial organism: IFP Energies nouvelles
Reference: 2011/CL605
Date: 01/10/2011 - 30/09/2012
Amount: 52000.00€