The UdG takes part in a project to guarantee the purification and water reutilization in rural isolated zones

Información actualizada el 29 April 2016

The UdG it will receive a pilot plant to validate the Technology

A research team from University of Girona (UdG) take part in INNOQUA, a European project that wants to make possible the purification (and, in some cases, the reutilization) of waste water in rural zones and/or of difficult access. Nowadays approximately 20 million persons in the European Union do not have access to systems of clean-up of the waste water.

The research group “Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, the Laboratory of Chemical and Environmental Engineering” (LEQUIA) and the group “Environmental Physics” will participate in a consortium of 20 partners from nine different countries that has received funds from the Horizon2020 program of European Union. The initiative also implies technological centres, companies, agencies of water and NGOs.

The project will start this May and will be carried out during four years. It Counts with a budget of 7 million Euros and the implication of European countries (France, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Great Britain, Germany and Holland) and South American countries (Ecuador and Peru).


A tool that adapts to different scenarios

INNOQUA will develop a system of purification eco-efficient and sustainable based on two treatments with biological organisms. In some cases the system will be supplemented itself with treatments of radiation with solar or ultraviolet light to obtain a water of higher quality that could be re-used. In addition, by means of an advanced system of monitoring and control with mobile device it will be possible to do a real time follow-up of the whole process. At last, the result will be an eco-innovative modular tool adaptable to different situations.


The UdG, pilot plant

The project also considers the market implementation. After optimizing and validate the tool in the pilot plants of University of Girona and the National University of Ireland in Galway, the system will be implemented in eleven demonstration sites placed in nine countries, one of them in Girona region.


Important contribution of Girona and Catalonia

The research groups of University of Girona that participate in the INNOQUA projecte are coordinated by the PhD. Victoria Salvadó.  They will have a relevant role in the validation phase. In addition, they provide the technology of biological filtration with daphnia sp. and will lead the demonstration scenarios placed in Girona.


The Water Campus, the innovation ecosystem of the water sector

Información actualizada el 25 April 2016

On May 5 took place the public presentation of the Water Campus to the water sector stakeholders. The event was held in the Scientific and Technological Park of the University of Girona.

The current economic and social situation is marked by intense factors of change and for deep challenges, which define a high level of complexity and competitiveness for companies. Facing this environment, and since it has happened in other big periods of historical transformation, the society capability to innovate is the source of productivity, differentiation and value for progress and well-being.

The nexus between science and market is the key factor of innovation, understood as the practical application of the technological development and the knowledge in order to solve the social needs. It is the gear that turns technology and knowledge into useful and productive value.

Aware of the strategic value of innovation and of the needed link between science and market, the University of Girona proposes to encourage the collaboration between companies and entities of the same activity sector. As a result, the Water Campus is chosen instrument to facilitate this forum of meeting in the water sector.


The Catalan government launches a number of grants for the town halls that want to promote accessible tourism

Información actualizada el 14 April 2016

The budget for the concession of these grants is 6,5 million Euros

These grants will promote the growth of tourism in the territory. The town halls and other local governmentsthat want to receive this funding will have to create a new offer that favours the competitiveness and an improvement in the quality of the tourist experience. This time nevertheless, to be awarded with the grant, ” those investments that affect specially in the improvement of the accessibility in destinations and that favor a globally accessible and inclusive tourism will be prioritized”.

These new grants needs to be added together with the 38 granted projects in the last two years, which represented a total amount of 12,8 million Euros, always funded with the so called tourist tax.


Rapid growth of the tourism industry in Catalonia.

Información actualizada el 20 March 2016

During the last 12 months, the information of accumulated trends denotes for Catalonia an acceleration of the growth in international arrivals as first destination (+ 4,9 %) and total expense (+ 5,6 %).

The information gathered by the Observatori d’Empresa I Ocupació of Catalonia in its monthly reports with regard to the tourism are:

Entry by airport:

The first two months of 2016 the Catalan airports have received 1,9 millions passengers of international flights, 17,1 % more than in the same period in year 2015 . In this case 64,7 % of the arrivals have been in low-cost carriers and 35,3%, in traditional companies.

At state scale, Catalonia has been one of the leading destinations of passengers’ entry by air. This is so partly due to the arrivals in low-cost carriers (1,2 millions) that allows Catalonia to remain as the first position for low cost, concentrating 30,3 % of the whole traffic. As for the traditional companies, Catalonia is found in the third position, with almost 658.000 passengersand 14,4 % of the total figures for Spain. The mobilities have increased 10,2 % respect from one year before.

Hotel occupancy

The first two months of the year, the catalan hotels have registered new records of occupancy, with 1,8 million travellers, 12% more than in year 2015. The foreign market represents the biggest percentage, with 54,3 % of the travellers and 62,4 % of the total overnight stays in hotels. The hotel accumulated profitability for the first two months rises up to 94,3 Euros for busy room, 19 % more than in year 2015, and 47,2 Euros for available room, with an increase of 31,2 %.

Other types of accomodation

During the first two months of the year, the other types of accommodation options   have received  213.327 travellers and 693.951 overnight stays, registering increases of influx  in relation to year 2015 (+12,9 % and + 13,3 %, respectively).

The most important increases have been generated in the campings and rural tourism establishments with regard to the numbers of travellers, and in the rural tourism establishments and tourist apartments, as for the overnight stays.

Campings have concentrated the biggest share of travellers’ influx (36,1 % of the total) and the tourist apartments have kept the biggest percentage of overnight stays (49,6 %). A widespread increase of the influx is detected for most markets of origin, and the Spanishresident tourism is the one that grows more.


The continuity of the Catalan Water Partnership in Girona consolidates the bet of the University for the Campus of the Water

Información actualizada el 12 February 2016

The Cluster has consolidated his presence in the Scientific Park of the UdG and places Girona as an attraction pole for the sector innovation

The Catalan Water Partnership (CWP) has recently renewed the agreement for his continuity in the Scientific Park of the UdG appealing to the bet of Girona for the companies of the water sector.

Jaume Carol, the CWP president, said that the knowledge and the investigation that is carried out by the Water Campus have been the main point to take the decision. The possibility of being close to R+D and all the knowledge available in the University fosters the companies’ competitiveness.

Moreover, Ramon Moreno, Vice rector of UdG and Director of Water Campus, emphasises the need of facilitating this relationship and adapt the research and training programs to the real needs of water sector agents. The Water Campus aim is become the relational instrument capable to detect the market/companies needs in order to facilitate technological solutions.


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