The Technology Centre for Biodiversity, Ecology and Technology, and Environmental and Food Management (BETA) at the University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia aims to improve competitiveness and technological development in companies through R&D projects at a local, state or European level transfer ring innovative and competitive technology with environmental sustainable criteria.A team of over 20 researchers (postdoctoral researchers, doctoral students, and laboratory technicians) make up our multidisciplinary team in the areas of environmental engineering, chemistry, biology, biotechnology, food science and renewable energies.
Below there is a brief description of our main research lines:
- ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY: Development of sustainable and efficient technologies to treat, value and manage organic wastes, wastewater, gas and odours from farming and industrial activities. Evaluation of the environmental impact (LCA).
- AQUATIC AND LAND ECOLOGY: Developing techniques, tools, statistics and protocols to assess ecological status and generate the necessary information to take the appropriate decisions in environmental management. Addition of ecological impacts in environmental impact evaluations.
- FOOD INDUSTRY: Increase of the sustainability, implementation of circular economy strategies and optimisation of the productive process. Evaluation of the food physicochemical and sensorial properties.
- RENEWABLE ENERGIES: Energy production from biomass through biochemical and thermochemical conversion techniques. Application of advanced biological processes for energy production from organic waste.