Metallurgy Research Centre

Projects

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Working lines

  • Valorisation and advanced management of industrial and urban waste
  • Development of technological solutions as alternatives to the disposal at landfill
  • Cost reduction initiatives for waste management

References

  • Recycling of ceramic refractory linings from iron induction furnaces. Improvement of the waste lifetime cycle.
  • Regeneration of residual molding sands used in the iron casting process. Replacement of new natural sand by the regenerated materials.
  • Design and set up of pilot experiences for composting municipal organic waste. Technical and operational definition adapting customized collection systems and controlling the biodegradation process.
  • Application of Advanced Oxidation Processes for chemical contaminant compounds in waste materials.
  • Stabilization and cleaning of waste materials (sludge, purine, etc.) by means of chemical treatments.
  • Vitrification of industrial waste materials (pyrolysis, gasification, …) and search of alternative applications.
  • Industrial sludge recycling and incorporation to the same process cycle.
  • Incorporation of industrial waste in building materials. Optimization of the recycled fraction improving the technical and functional characteristics.
  • Local Action Plans design and implementation for a sustainable management of green wastes.
  • Recovery of critical and high-value metals from industrial waste.

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Working lines

  • Identification of air pollutant sources and optimization of industrial processes to reduce emissions
  • Air quality diagnosis
  • Air quality plans in urban areas
  • Noise maps

References

  • Air quality control and environmental characterization of the region of Durangaldea (including a total of 12 municipalities). Identification of critical zones and definition of improvement action plans.
  • Reduction of exhaust gases air pollution in high traffic areas by means of advanced technologies, based on catalytic reactions and characterized by an efficient decontaminating effect.
  • Metallic contaminants control in industrial areas.
  • Inventory and identification of pollutant sources to the atmosphere.
  • Convective and dispersive analysis of contaminants.
  • Advanced analyses of suspended solid particles and aerosols.
  • Study of the road traffic influence on air pollution.
  • Air pollution monitoring and control, following different municipal urban action plans (low emission zones, centralized car parking lots and pedestrianization).
  • Efficiency analysis of active nano-particles applied to building/construction materials. Quantification of the minimization levels of combustion gases.
  • Influence of the domestic sources on air pollution. Balance and performance of heating facilities, optimization proposals and follow up of the emission reductions.
  • Evaluation of industrial indoor impacts (crystalline silica, VOCs, odors) and improvement plan design

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Working lines

  • Energy recovery from waste materials
  • Alternative renewable energy by means of geothermal exchange
  • Heat recovery on industrial processes

References

  • Energy recovery of IW (slag, sand, etc.) and UW (sludge EDAR) by gasification processes. Waste material processing with high potential to be used in building or civil engineering applications (ceramic, concrete, etc.).
  • Air conditioning and generation of SHW by geothermal exchange in buildings. Design of industrial projects from the initial steps (feasibility and efficiency analysis), selection of the most efficient technologies, down to the functional design and setting of the installations.
  • Analysis of energetic demands and energy optimization on industrial processes.
  • Identification if the most adequate technologies for residual heat recovery of processes.
  • New heat storage systems by means of industrial waste reclamation.

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Working lines

  • Dissemination and information to the citizenship on the actual main environmental concerns
  • Information and dissemination of best environmental practices and more sustainable habits

References

  • Citizenship information and sensitization campaigns on air pollution, domestic waste management, energy saving and promotion of good individual environmental practices.
  • Organization and coordination of activities within the European Mobility Week. Design and follow up of a complete program of activities aimed to promote sustainable and environmentally friendly habits, addressed to all kind of public from local communities.
  • Additional initiatives on environmental education, as training courses for children, students or adults, domestic composting actions, sensitization plans towards cleaner and safer industrial processes and activities, … etc.
Contact

Lucía Unamunzaga
Coordinator of the Waste Materials working line

Erika Garitaonandia
Coordinator of the Energy working line

Ander Areitioaurtena
Coordinator of the Air Quality working line