Fundació Universitària Balmes, established on January 9, 1985, is the owner and legal entity of the University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia (UVIC). From its early beginning, UVIC has promoted academic quality and excellent research and innovation activities. The University nurtures a strong commitment to Catalonia and Spain as well as to its regional (Central Catalonia) development, by promoting technological innovation, sustainability and strong cooperation with the world of entrepreneurship.

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Fundació Universitària Balmes, established on January 9, 1985, is the owner and legal entity of the University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia (UVIC). From its early beginning, UVIC has promoted academic quality and excellent research and innovation activities. The University nurtures a strong commitment to Catalonia and Spain as well as to its regional (Central Catalonia) development, by promoting technological innovation, sustainability and strong cooperation with the world of entrepreneurship.

The Technology Centre for Biodiversity, Ecology and Environmental Technology (BETA) at UVIC aims to improve competitiveness and technological development in companies through R&D projects at a local, state or European and International level developing and transferring innovative and competitive technology with sustainable criteria to the food, waste and environment sectors. BETA Technological Centre is part of TECNIO, a network funded and supported by the Catalan Government (Department of Industry) for promoting differential technology, business innovation and excellence in Catalonia. A group of over 40 researchers (senior researchers, junior researchers, management staff and specialised laboratory technicians) makes up the BETA multidisciplinary team that is structured in 3 different strategic areas: Technology for Waste and Wastewater Management and the agronomic evaluation of recovered products, Sustainability and Aquatic and Land Ecology. BETA Tech. Center focuses its technical activities on: (1) the development of innovative and sustainable technologies to valorise wastes and recover raw materials and high added value products, (2) Sustainability Assessment (LCA, LCC, PEF methodologies, Social impact, etc) and; (3) Evaluation of ecological impacts associated to different stressors and proposal of mitigation and conservation strategies.

The multidisciplinary composition of the group enables BETA to develop R&D projects to solve wide-ranging problems in the field of knowledge, control and management of the environment. The research group is, at present, collaborating with more than 20 research groups in Europe, America and Asia, and have long-term collaborations with relevant institutions Worldwide.

During last 5 years, BETA Tech Center has been involved in several competitive R+D+I project funded by EU calls (H2020, Interreg MED, Interreg POCTEFA, LIFE), Spanish Government, international cooperation entities, etc. Furthermore, since 2014, BETA has been working in the research field of environmental engineering, being the main research line of the group with more than 40 contracts signed with private companies and public administrations and providing the Center with a fully equipped laboratory.

Work Package Involvement

  • WP2

  • WP5

  • WP8

  • WP9

  • WP10

Key role(s) in the project

In AccelWater project, UVIC will be the leader of a specific case study based on valorising wastes from meat processing industry in order to obtain treated wastewater available for on-site reuse and produce high-added value and energy (WP5). UVIC will be in charge the design and monitoring of the pilot plant. In addition, UVIC will lead the tasks of communication and disseminations of the obtained results in WP5.