R&D spirit

Technology development based on disruptive engineering

As natural extension of CADE’s activities as engineering and consultancy services provider, the company develop own R&D activities since 2009 around new disruptive technologies and industrial applications related to renewables and clean-tech industries. Up to date, most relevant R&D projects and milestones achieved are summarized as follows:

2011

CADE participate as engineering contractor  in the design of a pilot plant for a thermal energy storage system based on concrete. As a result of this collaboration, commercial agreements for technology commercialization are reached. CADE release their SolidTES technology including energy storage in high temperature concrete (C-TES)

2014

CADE and Protarget sign a commercial agreement to release in Spain innovative thermal industrial applications (process heating and cooling) based on protarget's solar collector technology (PTC) aimed to be integraded with CADE's solidTES. This way, a new business division is created denominated as processCSP.

2014
UNE-166002

CADE obtain the innovation management certification according to UNE 166002.

2010

Innospray Project execution starts (drying process by means Innovative pulverization). Funded by CDTI. Nowadays, technology developed by CADE (CADE ZeroLD) is commercially available. A number of proposals for EPC supply of ZeroLD are currently under evaluation.

2012

Launch of SCWG (supercritical water gasification Technology of biomasses with high content in water for CH4/H2 production). Project is funded by CDTI. Technology is currently on experimental stage, incorporating process upgrades.

2016

Pons Patentes y Marcas (IP consultancy expert) submit a positive patentability report related to the main process and components of SCWG technology.

2016

KOM of EDITOR Project funding by SOLAR-ERA.net within 7th Framework Program of European Commission. EDITOR is aimed to design and demonstrate an innovative solar-sourced energy supply system (24/7) integrated in an operating process industrial facility. The system integrates a new silicon-based HTF with PTC solar collectors (Protarget) and the CADE’s C-TES (concrete thermal energy storage system). Project is currently in the construction stage of a pilot plant in KEAN Company’s facilities (Cyprus). EDITOR is the starting point of CONSYSTENT project.

2016

KOM of MSLOOP Project funding under FAST TO INNOVATION Programme (FTI) (Horizon 2020). MSLOOP aims to validate a technology consisting of developing a cost effective solar field for CSP Parabolic Trough Power Plants using optimized ternary molten salts as HTF with an innovative hybridization system.

2010

Innospray Project execution starts (drying process by means Innovative pulverization). Funded by CDTI. Nowadays, technology developed by CADE (CADE ZeroLD) is commercially available. A number of proposals for EPC supply of ZeroLD are currently under evaluation.

2011

CADE participate as engineering contractor together with ARRAELA in the design of a pilot plant for a thermal energy storage system based on concrete. As a result of this collaboration, commercial agreements between both companies are reached. CADE release their SolidTES technology including energy storage in high temperature concrete (C-TES)

2012

Launch of SCWG (supercritical water gasification Technology of biomasses with high content in water for CH4/H2 production). Project is funded by CDTI. Technology is currently on experimental stage, incorporating process upgrades.

2014

CADE and Protarget sign a commercial agreement to release in Spain innovative thermal industrial applications (process heating and cooling) based on protarget's solar collector technology (PTC) aimed to be integraded with CADE's solidTES. This way, a new business division is created denominated as processCSP.

2014

CADE obtain the innovation management certification according to UNE 166002.

2016

Pons Patentes y Marcas (IP consultancy expert) submit a positive patentability report related to the main process and components of SCWG technology.

2016

KOM of EDITOR Project funding by SOLAR-ERA.net within 7th Framework Program of European Commission. EDITOR is aimed to design and demonstrate an innovative solar-sourced energy supply system (24/7) integrated in an operating process industrial facility. The system integrates a new silicon-based HTF with PTC solar collectors (Protarget) and the CADE’s C-TES (concrete thermal energy storage system). Project is currently in the construction stage of a pilot plant in KEAN Company’s facilities (Cyprus). EDITOR is the starting point of CONSYSTENT project.

2016

KOM of MSLOOP Project funding under FAST TO INNOVATION Programme (FTI) (Horizon 2020). MSLOOP aims to validate a technology consisting of developing a cost effective solar field for CSP Parabolic Trough Power Plants using optimized ternary molten salts as HTF with an innovative hybridization system.

Nowadays, R&D activities have become into a strengthened core business on which future growth of the company is supported.  This way, CADE is currently commercializing (turnkey or licensing) comprehensive innovative solutions for solar thermal energy storage (solidTES), solar-hybridized zero liquid discharge wastewater treatment (ZeroLD) or valorization treatments for wet organic substances (scwg ZeroSD), among other proprietary or sponsored technologies. 

Ongoing R&D projects (European funding)

EDITOR Project (Evaluation of the Dispatchability of a Parabolic Trough Collector System with Concrete Storage) submitted to SOLAR-ERA.NET Transnational Call 2014: PV2 and CSP in 2014 and currently in execution (2017).

The objective of EDITOR is to carry out industrial research that demonstrates and verifies the dispatchability and performance of a solar power system designed for continuous process heating supply.

The system consists of a mid-sized parabolic trough collector loop combined with a concrete thermal energy storage and is experimentally designed for industrial applications requiring heating or cooling on a 24 hour basis.

The solar power plant to be built in Cyprus, which has excellent solar resources, will be integrated in KEAN SOFT DRINK facility, a food and beverage production facility to which EDITOR plant will provide with a continuous 24h low-pressure saturated steam supply.

EDITOR’s goal is not just to verify an innovative, groundbreaking system to storage energy based on concrete, but it will also operate on temperatures over 400°C, which is made possible thanks to a new receiver tube and an innovative, environmentally friendly silicone-based thermal oil.

The three years project not only involves the technical activities of constructing, commissioning and executing completely the solar power system, but will also cover commercial considerations, such as studying the feasibility of scale-up, identifying future customers, and communication regarding this important development with the potential market.

CADE will supply in EPC modality the TES system based on solidTES technology specially design to operate over 400⁰C. TES System has been designed to deliver 75 kW during the hours without radiation in a period of 2 shifts (16 hours):

The EDITOR team is made up of 5 partners from three countries, all of whom bring the specific experience of the solar industry required to ensure that the project will be successful:

  • protarget AG (PT) (Coordinator). Germany.
  • Solar-Institut Jülich of the Aachen University of Applied Sciences (SIJ). Germany
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. / German Aerospace Center (DLR). Germany
  • CADE Soluciones de Ingeniería, S.L. (CADE). Spain
  • Cyprus University of Technology (CUT). Cyprus

MSLOOP 2.0 Project 2.4M€ funded under Fast To Innovation Programm (FTI- H2020) to promote close-to-the-market innovation activities.

MSLOOP will improve the storage capacity of existing parabolic trough solar plants and it will be configured to make the integration of a hybrid plant concept possible, while providing firm and dispatchable electricity and using 100% renewable energy sources.

Regarding the environmental impact, MSLOOP will mitigate the oil issues by using an eco-friendly heat transfer fluid and will reduce the water consumption without penalizing the CSP plant performance.

MSLOOP has been focused on the market-drivers’ interests from the beginning of the Project in order to launch the solution in open tenders in less of 6 months after the start of the Project, boosting significant contributions to industry, environment and society. This will involve a deeper penetration of CSP plants in the generation mix and thus, an increase of the renewable share.

CADE will be in charge of several WPs related to operation parameters optimization and reliability improvement, detail engineering, manufacturing and assembly supervision, operation and performance testing and validation, commercial scale up and reliability studies.

The MSLOOP 2.0 consortium consists of a multidisciplinary team formed by five partners from three European Union member countries (Spain, Italy and Germany) in strategic fields within solar thermal sector. This composition will boost an innovative development capable of achieving a strong positioning in the market:

  • COBRA (Leader). Spain
  • CADE Soluciones de Ingeniería, S.L. (CADE). Spain
  • sbp (schlaich bergermann partner). Germany
  • Archimede Solar Energy SRL. Italy
  • UCM Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Spain

Executed R&D projects (National funding)

Innospray (Design and Development f Innovative Spray Dryers) funded under Programa de Ayudas a Proyectos de Cooperación Interempresas (CIE) managed by Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI). 2010-2012

INNOSPRAY technology allows to process waste water flows with a high content of inorganic load (high conductivity water) transforming them into a dried product through an innovative process based on multi-stage evaporation and spray drying technology. INNOSPRAY process is conceived to be fully integrated with solar thermal power for a complete eco-friendly and ZLD technology with water recovery.

The development of ZeroLD for leachate streams has been conceived to supply an efficient, versatile drying method aimed to minimize and valorize leachate, obtaining solid products of controlled granulometry and hydrophobic or inertized

SCWG (Supercritical Water Gasification Valorization and elimination of organic sludge) funded under Proyectos de Investigación y Desarrollo (PID) managed by Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI). 2012-2014

Technology for valorization of wet biomass and hydrocarbon wastes through supercritical water gasification, which allows to obtain syngas for direct energetic valorization by combustion, CHP or aimed to produce hydrogen. In conjunction with clean water recovery and carbon dioxide capture make SCWG a powerful environmental technology for waste treatment.

A very competitive and disruptive product named ZeroSD has been specially developed for complete elimination of UWWTP sludge, obtaining high calorific & high pressure GAS for direct valorization or CHP applications in plants, and clean water recovery.

Horizonte PYME S-GEN CADE Project: funded by CDTI under Horizonte Pyme call (national analogy to SME Instrument Phase I of European Commission)

This Project is aimed to carry out a research on technical and economic feasibility of an innovative system of sewage sludge valorization coming from UWWTP urban wastewater treatment plants Research concludes with the definition of an exhaustive business plan for the international commercial exploitation of the new technology product

Results and conclusions of such research allowed CADE to identify main magnitudes and parameters of potential market as well as define business plan to be implemented.

New technology system application implies a great economic impact, not only related to the improvement of environmental sustainability in sewage sludge treatment and valorization, but also related to the considerable saving in consumption costs.

Works completed: (i) requirements evaluation of potential technology users, (ii) technical and economic feasibility research of proposed industrial solution and (iii) business plan for commercialization of technology product.

Other R&D programs (National funding)

Programa INNOVA-ADELANTE 2016-2019.

Public funding aimed to support the conceptual definition of the “ZeroSD” commercial product. “ZeroSD” is a gasification plant of UWWTP (Urban Waste Water Treatment Plant) sludge to generate Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and to recover the water and the nutrients, this is, a real ZERO WASTE solution with 100% resources recovery.

Programa Emplea 2014.

Public funding for technologist hiring to be incorporated in R+D+i activities (2014-2015). CADE created this technical position as a consequence of this public funding, today this position is consolidated and allows CADE to have a specific postgraduated specialist in R+D+I thanks to the Innovation Master degree acquired as part of this program.

Programa Torres Quevedo.

In execution since 2015. Three years public funding for hiring of PhD degree specialists involved in industrial research, experimental development or feasibility research. The program is conceived to support professional development of researcher as well as to stimulate private sector demand of expert staff in order to carry out R+D+i plans and projects. CADE count on a PhD in Chemical Sciences within their Process and Technology department.

Programa Innoempresa DGYPYME.

Funding program aimed to support innovation activities in SMEs (small and medium entreprises) for the completion of projects or actions within technological, organizationial or management ambits. Following projects have been carried out as part of this call:

  • Expedient 0213CALC0069: design, implementation and certification of an integrated quality system, Information security management systems and R&D+i management system under standards UNE-EN-ISO 9001:2008, UNE-EN-ISO 140001:2004, UNE-ISO/IEC 27001:2007 UNE 166002:2006.
  • Expedient 0213REDA0212: Implementation of organization and production control management by means of web-based Systems and software tools.

Collaboration with regional R+D+i agents or other private companies beyond a relationship as client-supplier (agreements, contracts).

  • CADE participate in the Project ”3D-Printing of Photocatalytic Membranes" developed by “ Laboratorio de Impresión 3D/Pilas de Combustible del Instituto de Investigación en Energías Renovables de la Universidad de Castilla-La mancha (IER)” as Promoter-Observer Entity (EPO).
  • Regular collaboration with IER (Instituto de energías Renovables de la UCLM), IDI (Instituto de Desarrollo Industrial) and IDR (Instituto de Desarrollo Regional de la UCLM)