AIJU, Technological Institute for Children’s Product & Leisure

The Team Coordinator

Rubén Beneito

Responsible Technician
Elena Marchante

Pepi Galvañ


AIJU is a non-profit association. This Technological Institute is focused on the provision of advanced services and the development of high-value-added R&D projects. Its aim is to boost its associated enterprises’ competitiveness in the market. The Environmental and Energy areas of AIJU will participate in this project.

This area centres on the development of new electrochemical devices, including electrolysers, fuel cells, supercapacitors and redox and lithium-ion batteries, as well as the development of innovative technologies for obtaining biofuels.

AIJU has coordinated several following LIFE projects, as well as other projects related to the LIFE SUPERBIODIESEL, related to monolithic reactors for energy and environmental applications and the obtaining of biodiesel from the Nicotina Tabacum and synthesis gas from the by-products of the process.

AIJU is the coordinator of the project and, within technical tasks, is in charge of shaped heterogeneous catalyst. It is also in charge of dissemination.


Consortium partner


Marta Bregua

Carlos A. Prieto

Juana Frontela

Cepsa is a global integrated energy company founded in 1929. Mubadala Investment Company Group and The Carlyle Group are the shareholders of the company.

The mission of Cepsa is to supply the energy that every customer needs. To this end, Cepsa relies on the technical capabilities of more than 10,000 employees. The main activities are exploration and production of hydrocarbons, refining, chemicals, production of gas and electricity, distribution of energy products and trading. These activities are continuously evolving to adapt to the ongoing energy transition.

The Cepsa Research Centre is aimed at developing innovative research projects aligned with the strategy of the company. The key research lines are focused on the optimization of processes, product development, biofuels and bio-based chemicals and technical support to customers.

IMDEA Energy Institute

Consortium partner


Jose Luis Gálvez

Javier Dufour


The IMDEA Energy Institute was created by the Regional Government of the Community of Madrid in order to promote R&D activities in energy-related themes, mainly emphasizing those related to renewable energy and clean energy technologies. The Scientific Programme of IMDEA-E has been defined with the goal of contributing to the future establishment of a sustainable energy system. Thereby, two main objectives are guiding the work programme: (i) to carry out R&D activities aimed at fostering the development of renewable energies; (ii) to carry out R&D activities aimed at developing clean energy technologies that have none or minimal environmental impact.

The Systems Analysis Unit of IMDEA Energy will assess the environmental and socio-economic performance of the process through the monitoring of results of techno-economic relevance, the definition of key performance indicators, the modelling of the process and its alternatives, and the study of its feasibility.


Consortium partner


Gabriel Molina

Marcos Cano


Organovac was born with the dream of revaluing a by-product that was deposited in landfills, turning it into a product with high added value, achieving a circular and respectful economy with the environment.

Organovac has been immersed in several projects to obtain a biofuel, reduce CO2 emissions and the recovery of Sandach waste (animal by-products not intended for human consumption), which had a short commercial path, such as eggshell or tanning products.

In the execution of the project, we are in charge of the raw material process and its adaptation to obtain the subsequent biofuel.


Consortium partner


Francisca Arán

Henoc Pérez Aguilar

INESCOP, centre for innovation and technology, is a non profit-making organization that has traditionally developed scientific and technical activities of interest to the footwear and related industries. INESCOP works on satisfying the industry needs regarding applied research on the development and implantation of new materials and technologies, environmental issues, circular economy and industrial designs.

The Advanced Materials and Technologies department will participate in this project. This area centers on developing different activities within the environmental field with the aim to provide a comprehensive solution to companies in the footwear and related industries, such as Clean Tanning Technologies, wastewater, industrial waste, etc. In the field of the SUPERBIODIESEL, INESCOP has been deeply involved in the participation and coordination of European research projects related to the recovery of proteins from industrial animal wastes SANDACH CAT 3 and 2.

INESCOP is in charge of the optimisation of enzymatic hydrolysis process to obtain free amino acids from tannery wastes to validate them as biostimulants and the design of the hydrolysis pilot plant.

Universidad de Murcia

Consortium partner


Joaquín Quesada

Universidad de Murcia (UMU) is a public university that has more than 32,463 students, with a teaching staff of about 2,610 spread over 5 campuses, offering top quality degrees and innovative research. UMU has extensive experience in hosting international projects and promoting research excellence in a learning environment. It also has a Technological Park to help creating spin-off enterprises.

The research group “Green Chemical Process Engineering” of UMU will participate in this project. This group has been working for more than 10 years in the synthesis of biodiesel with supercritical methanol from edible and non-edible vegetable oils, animal fats and microalgae. So far, 6 research projects (1 regional, 4 national and 1 international) and 3 contracts with companies have been obtained in competitive public calls in the field of supercritical synthesis of biodiesel from different raw materials.

UMU will be in charge of the quality control of transesterification catalyst, carrying out tests to determine the optimal operating conditions of the supercritical reactor. In addition, it will participate in the design and construction of the demonstrative pilot plant.

Instituto de Tecnología Química (ITQ)

Consortium partner


Antonio Chica

The Instituto de Tecnología Química (ITQ) is a joint research centre created in 1990 by the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) and the Consejo Superior de investigacionesCientíficas (CSIC) located at the UPV Campus. The ITQ is an international reference centre in the area of catalysis and new materials. Its staff conforms a highly qualify multidisciplinary team of specialists in synthesis and characterization of catalysts, as well as expertise in their catalytic activity determination in model reactions and reactions of industrial interest. Due to its excellent fundamental and oriented research level and to its multidisciplinary character, the ITQ has the possibility to develop research in different disciplines having an extraordinary flexibility and capability to adapt itself to new research challenges.

ITQ is in charge of the manufacture of the powdered catalysts and the quality control of the powdered and shaped catalyst. It also supports the activities related to the design and optimisation of the transesterification reactor.