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Biogenic gas. What do you mean?

Biogas as an energy source is becoming more and more popular, but what is biogas and how does it differ from natural gas? The difference is that natural gas is a fossil fuel, while biogenic gas is renewable. Natural gas was formed millions of years ago, at the age of the dinosaurs, like oil or...

We ran out of light

A couple of weeks ago I participated in a meeting of companies working in the field of information and communication technologies applied to the energy sector. Among the participants were representatives of companies that develop solutions based on artificial intelligence, electricity...

The story of my centre. In search of happiness

CARTIF was born, like many other technology centres, in the heart of a university department. In our case, our General Director José R.Perán created it almost 30 years ago in the department of systems and automatic engineering of the School of Industrial Engineering of the Univesity of Valladolid....

Talking about everything visible and invisible (I)

The European Collaborative Cloud for Cultural Heritage (ECCCH), created in 2023 and aimed to create innovative tools for digitizing cultural heritage objects, is a trending topic in the UE applied research to ensure the sustainable and affordable conservation of our historical legacy. For sure...

The art of thermal comfort: revolutionising buildings with PCM and heat pumps

Imagine living in a building where the temperature is as constant as grandma´s secret recipe. How to achieve it? This is where Phase Change Materials (PCM) and heat pumps powered by renewable energy come in, the dynamic duo of energy efficiency. PCM are like zen masters of temperature, maintaining...

CAPRI, pathway and results

When a Project finalises, it is the time to recapitulate, time to collect all the information and the experience gained along. Along the three years and a half working in CAPRI project there has been a lot of time to do things, to obtain very good results or to feel bad because many times nothing...

Connecting ideas with markets: the role of business development on innovation

In the vibrant landscape of innovation and research and development (R&D), where ideas flourish and creativity meets technology, business development emerges as the essential bridge between theoretical potential and practical realisation. At CARTIF Technology Centre, we recognise that this...

Today´s buildings, ready for tomorrow?

Did you know that we spend approximately 90% of our time inside buildings, and that they are responsible for more than 40% of energy consumption in the European Union? These places where we carry out our main activity are the core of our economy and society, but, how prepared are they for the...

NIRS: Let´s not talk about “new technologies” but about good applications

What if we had a tool that we could carry in our pocket and that would allow us to control the quality of the food products at any point in their production? Dear sirs, we have it!! It seems like and advert selling a panacea,I know, but I´m not going beyond reality.... I´m talking about Near...

Innovating in capital letters: r+d+I

I´ve always thought that the acronym R&D&i corresponded to the greater or lesser risk of carrying out the associated activities, hence the first two were capital letters and the third was lower case. After 15 years working in a technology centre I realise that referring to research and...

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Agrofood

World Food Day; with soul of water

World Food Day; with soul of water

Today, 16th October, we celebrate once again a very important date for each and every living being of the planet; World Food Day. This time, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) pays tribute to precious resource essential for life; WATER....

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Energy & Environment

Today´s buildings, ready for tomorrow?

Today´s buildings, ready for tomorrow?

Did you know that we spend approximately 90% of our time inside buildings, and that they are responsible for more than 40% of energy consumption in the European Union? These places where we carry out our main activity are the core of our economy and society, but, how...

MOBILITIES FOR EU

MOBILITIES FOR EU

A year ago, at the beginning of 2023, at CARTIF we started one of those great projects that leave a footprint (although if we talk in terms of emissions, the idea is actually to reduce them), NEUTRALPATH. In it, the cities of Zaragoza (Spain) and Dresden (Germany) are...

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Environment

Batteries in front of a new playing field

Batteries in front of a new playing field

This past month (june 2023), eurodeputies provisionally agreed on new legislation for batteries sold in the EU. It has already been hailed as a "game changer" for batteries, creating a framework to foster a competitive and sustainable battery industry in Europe. After...

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Industry

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Health & Quality of life

Extending the years of life in a natural way

Extending the years of life in a natural way

Oddly enough, old age is a relatively new phenomenon in western society. Since the XIX century when, thanks to the progress of the industrial and scientific development, increases the number of old people and their life expectancy, but at the same time increase the...

The new paradigm we are waiting

The new paradigm we are waiting

New technologies bring important changes in all sense of humanity life. Specifically, artificial intelligence (AI) is going to change the very meaning of the concept of ‘human being’ and even the concept of work, which has always been so closely linked to us. The...

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Construction and Heritage

Interdisciplinary Teams: The Future of Cultural Heritage

Interdisciplinary Teams: The Future of Cultural Heritage

Innovation and new technologies bring forth a variety of possibilities, obstacles and unknown questions that in order to be addressed, require the formation of interdisciplinary temas that allow for the reinforcement of each professional´s skills, enriching themselves...

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Digitalization

CARTIF, SMEs and Digital Transformation

CARTIF, SMEs and Digital Transformation

What is Digital Transformation? The world nowadays is immersed in a deep digital transformation change, whether we like it or not. Moreover, it seems the logical order of human evolution, because human development, is linked to technological development, since the...

Education for digitilazation

Education for digitilazation

The digital transformation seems to have become the lifeline of administrative, educational and business sectors in the face of the serious health and economic situation that we are going through. The urgency of incorporating more traditional activities into the...

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Innovating R&D

Innovating in capital letters: r+d+I

Innovating in capital letters: r+d+I

I´ve always thought that the acronym R&D&i corresponded to the greater or lesser risk of carrying out the associated activities, hence the first two were capital letters and the third was lower case. After 15 years working in a technology centre I realise that...