TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION is a private, independent, non-profit applied research centre of international excellence. Legally a Foundation, TECNALIA is the leading private and independent research and technology organisation in Spain and one of the largest in Europe, employing more than 1,400 people (248 PhDs) and with an income of 110 Million € in 2018.

The whole team at TECNALIA has one GOAL: to transform technology into GDP, meaning wealth to improve people’s quality of life through generation of business opportunities for industry. TECNALIA is committed to generate major impacts in economic terms, by means of innovation and technological development, addressed by 6 business divisions covering the economic sectors of Energy, Environment, Industry, Transport, Construction, Health and ICT. TECNALIA has been granted over 658 patents and promoted more than 20 spin-off companies.

The area of TECNALIA involved in the BIOCOMEM project will be the Advanced Materials and Processes for Energy & Environment Business Area, a multidisciplinary group of 70 researchers dedicated to R&D in materials and processes which are critical to strengthen an energy efficient model and low carbon economy. It is organized into six different research groups closely interconnected: Sustainable Chemistry, Surface Engineering, Waste Valorisation, Membrane Technology and Process Intensification, Materials for Emerging applications and Materials for Extreme Conditions. The Group is focused on the selection, evaluation, development and improvement for materials and its processes for different applications, so a variety of highly specialized relevant infrastructures (i.e.: pilot plants) and laboratories have been designed and constructed. The two groups directly involved in BIOCOMEM project will be the Membrane Technology and Process Intensification group and the Sustainable Chemistry Group.