The research lines of AIR QUALITY and AGRO-ECOLOGICAL PROCESSES seek to achieve sustainable solutions to alleviate environmental problems such as poor air quality, urban green regeneration, environmental well-being in cities, management and restoration of urban watersheds, sustainability in the use of resources and energy in cities, conservation of urban ecosystems, carbon sequestration and the development of processes and technologies linked to agronomy in Castilla y León such as soil degradation or the control of pests and diseases.
The environmental well-being of the population has so far been approached as an extra-urban activity, which has caused citizens to move towards natural environments without trying to bring nature closer to the city (re-naturalising cities). Therefore, the use of NBS in cities will make them more comfortable places where people want to live.
The current poor quality of soils (urban and rural), mainly due to overexploitation which generates, among other problems, the loss of organic matter (an endemic problem in all Spanish soils), makes it necessary to search for a solution which, through natural alternatives, will give soils the necessary quality to make them elements that can sustain crops in the region (urban and agroforestry crops).
- The Air Quality research line will work on advanced natural systems for the purification of gaseous pollutant emissions to improve air quality in urban environments.
- The research line on Agro-ecological Processes will work on the development of processes, products and technologies linked to agronomy.
Air Quality: The aim is to work on new systems of green roofs and façades that allow the filtration and purification of these gaseous pollutant emissions. Through new systems with substrate/microbiota/plant part combinations, these emissions will be filtered to reduce their content in particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10), nitrogen oxides, CO and CO2.
Agro-ecology: Research is planned on the productive and functional improvement of crops and soils, as well as their adaptation to climate change, which has led to a drastic reduction in the quality and productivity of the region’s soils.
The Air Quality and Agro-ecological Processes research lines aim to advance existing technologies to tackle rural and urban environmental problems, so that the region of Castilla y León can serve as a pioneering laboratory in the implementation of measures to combat climate change and the deterioration of urban and peri-urban ecosystems and the development of the region’s agricultural sector.
INFRASTRUCTURES CYL 2021
File: 2021 CCTT 07
CARTIF total budget: 128,700.00 €
CARTIF Grant: 64,350.00€
Cofinanced by FEDER founds contributing to the OT1 objective “Promote the technological development, innovation and a quality research” from the FEDER Operative Programme of Castilla y León.
Division of Agrifood and Processes
CCTT Infrastructures projects:
CARTIF ProjectsStudy of the use of alternative protein sources from agro-industrial by-products.DescriptionProteins are one of the essential macronutrients in the diet that are facing a foreseeable shortage due to the strong demand that exists to cover the needs of...
Incorporation of new equipment and processes to improve the advance digital manufacturing laboratory
CARTIF ProjectsIncorporation of new equipment and processes to improve the advanced digital manufacturing laboratory.DescriptionThe activity focuses on the acquisition of advanced technological elements to enhance rapid prototyping services, as well as to support...
CARTIF projectsAgrigenomics and next-generation sequencing technologiesDescriptionThe AGRIGENOMICS AND NEW GENERATION SEQUENCING TECHNOLOGIES research line seeks to implement advanced solutions to solve various problems linked to the agro-forestry and food sectors in...
Study of the mechanical behaviour of recycled composite from the aeronautical industry and wind turbine blades.
CARTIF ProjectsStudy of the mechanical behaviour of recycled composite from the aeronautical industry and wind turbine blades.DescriptionIn Spain there are 1203 wind farms installed in 807 municipalities with more than 20,940 wind turbines. The blades of these wind...
CARTIF ProjectsEfficient recovery of metals from spent EV batteriesDescriptionThe project focuses on the recovery of critical metals present in the cathode of spent electric vehicle battery cells, through a more environmentally sustainable process, for their future...
CARTIF Projects PROBIOIntegrated valorisation of waste plastics and bioplastics for the sustainable production of renewable gases and bioproducts: an advanced approach to bioeconomy and biodegradabilityDescriptionThe general objective of the PROBIO project is to work...
CARTIF projects Contribution to the substitution of fossil fuels by biofuels to help reduce global warmingDescriptionBiofuels offer greater energy security, lower greenhouse gas and particulate matter emissions, rural development, better vehicle performance and a...
The project focuses on the development of an integrated process for the production of green hydrogen and hydrogen carrier molecules (energy carriers) for use as renewable fuels to replace current fossil fuels.
Recovery of metal oxides present in the cathode of electric vehicle battery cells by means of hydrometallurgical and direct recycling processes.
Innovation in rapid methods for the detection of biomarkers of interest in agri-food, environmental health and biomedicine
Las líneas de investigación de CARTIF en calidad de aire interior y mejora de la calidad alimentaria buscan ir un paso más allá en las capacidades analíticas y experiencia que se tienen actualmente para trabajar en aplicaciones dentro de los sectores de la salud ambiental, la agroalimentación y la biomedicina.
The project is focus on the valorisation of agro-industrial organic residues for the production of biomethane, through anaerobic digestion processes. Also, the use of technologies for the treatment of gaseous and liquid streams will be based on membrane contactors and reverse osmosis membranes, respectively. On the other hand, pretreatment of samples with microwaves will also be studied.
This proposal focuses on the Fab LAb (Fabrication Laboratory) concept, which is a digital fabrication workshop for personal use, i.e. a space for the production of physical objects on a personal or local scale that brings together machines controlled by computers. Its particularity lies in its size and its strong link with society rather than industry.