With over 30 years’ experience transforming metal, Imecal has expanded into a number of areas of activity; one of which is biotechnology. Within this sector, the company’s primary line of R&D is to develop second-generation biofuels using lignocellulosic waste.
Imecal currently has two projects under way, Perseo and Atenea, focusing on the production of bioethanol from the organic fraction of waste. The specific objective of Project Perseo is to develop a technology to obtain bioethanol from organic waste at a price that can compete with gasoline, without requiring the special hydrocarbons tax exemption. This project has received ISO 166.001 certification from Aenor as an R&D&I project.
Project Atenea has the same objective but using citric fruit waste as the raw material. Imecal’s main markets are waste management companies in Spain, the European Union and the United States.
THREE KEY FACTS
• In 2008, Imecal’s turnover amounted to Euros €8,300,000
• 82% of its profits are reinvested in R&D&I projects.
• Imecal and Ciemat share the Spanish patents for inventions num.200700404 and PCT num. ES2008/000077 (US and EU).