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1 The Lleida Science and Technology Park:
an example of sustainability for the territory Jordi Carbonell, Counsellor; Xavier Ticó, Project manager Lleida ( Spain )

2 Scheme of the presentation
Introduction Main features of Lleida region The Lleida Science and Technology Park strategies New opportunities, new projects Conclusion

3 Introduction The mitigation of the problem of climate change and the adaptation processes must be also developed at local and regional level to be truly effective. The agreements on climate change can be developed through precise policies and a sustainable model. The Scientific and Technological Parks can collaborate to promote this sustainable model and to generate new business opportunities in this field. The creation of the Lleida Science and Technology Park, six years ago, has meant a real impulse of the green or sustainable green economy in our region.

4 Introduction The object of this presentation is to present:
The object of this presentation is to present: Some specific strategies and examples of contribution from the Lleida Science and Technology Park to a Global Green Growth New opportunities and new projects in Lleida

5 Main features of Lleida region: Strategic location
Located 160 km from Barcelona (Spain) Within 2 hours of a potential market with 20 M people. Location map of Lleida

6 Main features of Lleida region: Economic strengths
One of Europe’s most fertile and productive areas, with a wide irrigation area. Main economic sectors: Agro-food industry (especially fresh fruit, olive oil, wine, pigs, poultry, dairy, bovine meat, fodder) Animal nutrition Cluster of irrigation technology and industrial and farm machinery Cluster of building auxiliary enterprises Logistics, cold-storage industry, refrigerated transport Services Area under a transformation process towards services of added value related to agro-food industry. Intensive sectors related to knowledge and high technologies are increasing: Health (functional food), Environment, Material engineering, Audiovisual and Bio-products.

7 Main features of Lleida region: the activities of the University and Local Council
The University of Lleida: Long tradition, from XIII Century (700 years) Technical Colleges offering degrees on agro-food, processing industry, crop science, industrial engineering, forest engineering and biotechnology. An active role in the economical promotion of its region and in its relationship with companies. The Local Council leadership on important citizen projects: Lleida Local Agenda 21 Lleida Environmental Forum Lleida Energy Agency.

8 The Lleida Science and Technology Park (PCiTAL) strategies: summary
The PCiTAL main buildings: an example of bioclimatic design The Centre for Agricultural and Forestry resources: a place for research, experimentation and social awareness Enterprise incubator - new companies based on technology and University spin-off companies Evalparc Project. Current experiences and successful cases Support to applied R+D+i projects Developing networking strategies: Master Degree on bio-construction

9 The Lleida Science and Technology Park (PCiTAL) strategies: summary
The Lleida Science and Technology Park was founded by the Lleida Council and the University of Lleida in 2005 (6 years of activity). With the financial support of:

10 The PCiTAL main buildings: an example of bioclimatic design
The Park has recycled and old military headquarters to locate its R+D+I offices following sustainable criteria. Aerial view of the Park

11 The PCiTAL main buildings: an example of bioclimatic design
The most outstanding aspects of environmental innovation have been:  Taking advantage of the existing conditions of the buildings: “Greenhouse-shade” yards between buildings Protection of energy gains Modulation of energy gains Natural ventilation Natural lighting

12 The PCiTAL main buildings: an example of bioclimatic design
General view of PCiTAL main buildings

13 The PCiTAL main buildings: an example of bioclimatic design
Control of energy demand: Thermal isolation Statistic monitoring and control of temperatures Graphics showing external temperature and yard temperatures: difference of 10 ºC

14 The PCiTAL main buildings: an example of bioclimatic design
Energy efficiency: Lighting Heating / Cooling Materials with low environmental impact: natural materials and recycled/recyclable materials. Collecting rainwater and water produced by external condensation from winter fogs.

15 The Centre for Agricultural and Forestry resources: a place for research, experimentation and social awareness. “Arboretum” – Botanical garden 7 hectares 400 tree species, ordered according to 4 biomes and 18 landscapes

16 The Centre for Agricultural and Forestry resources: a place for research, experimentation and social awareness “Arboretum” – Botanical garden With advanced technological solutions which favour easy and economical maintenance It will allow educational and recreational programmes Accessible to handicapped people. It includes research projects in the fields of Botany, fruit growing techniques and urban agriculture It also features old and modern agriculture systems and technologies

17 Enterprise incubator - new companies based on technology and University spin-off companies.
Spin-off emerged out of the University of Lleida related to environment sector: Precision agricultural production systems. Research and development lines lead to a reduction in crop residues and to a lesser waste of environmental and financial resources.

18 Evalparc Project. Current experiences and successful cases
To significantly reduce (between 20 and 30%) the current environmental impact of pig meat production by reducing polluting waste To increase feeding efficiency and to reduce production costs by a precise adjustment of supplied food according to individual animal needs. That would mean savings of 18-30% in protein consumption. To implement product traceability in order to improve food security. To improve animal welfare. New intelligent feeding system to decrease environmental impact and production costs in pig farms This system has been developed by the research group in precision agriculture, agro-robotics and agro-technology of the University of Lleida, in collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. With the support of:

19 Evalparc Project. Current experiences and successful cases
High heat flux heat sink with adaptable profile of temperature The proposed system is a heat sink allowing the extraction of high temperature flux density combining the heat extraction techniques through impact jets and micro-channels. The problem solved by this system is the distribution control of local extraction of temperature flux along the route of cooling fluids and therefore that of the temperature distribution in the cooled object.

20 Support to applied R+D+i projects
Technological Centre for the Bread Sector The Biomedical Research Institute of Lleida Functional food, nutrition and health Catalan Wood Institute Research fields focus on product mechanical and physical properties (especially of those used in building) and the improvement of durability against xylophages.

21 Support to applied R+D+i projects
Forest fire digital prevention service A daily fire occurrence prediction system is currently under development. The system should predict a number of fires, daily, in the 10 x 10 km2 cells operationally used by the Ministry of Environment in Spain for prevention and suppression purposes. With the financial support of:

22 Developing networking strategies: Master degree on bio-construction
Master degree on bio-construction, pioneer in Spain Bio-construction is a discipline that promotes healthy construction, being concerned about the relationships between buildings, environment and the health of people living, working or studying in them. There are some harmful factors to our health, often invisible, which must be studied so that we can achieve more harmonious and healthy spaces: Artificial factors: electrical and electromagnetic pollution, ventilation, atmospheric and acoustic pollution, substances coming from building materials. Natural factors: telluric and geophysical alterations, presence of gases from subsoil and radiations. Promoted by ITL, University of Lleida in collaboration with PCiTAL, in accordance with the German Institut für Baubiologie + Oekologie Neubeuern (IBN)

23 New opportunities, new projects
Lleida biotech Museum of Science, Environment and Climate The Kyoto House for demonstration (bioclimatic and domotics)

24 New opportunities, new projects: Lleida Biotech
The Lleida region possesses several conditions to become a pole of green biotechnology industry (eco-product industry). A cluster of white biotechnology industries is being encouraged, this is, the application of biotechnology within the industrial field. Through biochemical processes several products are manufactured: chemicals, energy products, materials, etc., all of them from natural resources (non-food crops). This noteworthy knowledge and economic potential, together with the new technological infrastructures, have led to the creation of a new economic sector: the bio-product industries, which convert biomass (non-food crops, forest biomass, urban plant waste, etc.) by means of industrial and biotechnological processes, into bio-products like: bio-plastics, bio-paints, bio-energy, bio-fuel and bio-construction materials. Lleida Biotech is the leading name and trade mark used by the region to promote, within its sphere of influence, the bio-product industries and to convert Lleida into a region determined to promote eco-innovation.

25 New opportunities, new projects: Lleida Biotech
What are Bio-products? One example: Bio-construction materials Biomaterial research is being done in association with building material manufacturers and crop growers. House building and public infrastructures can also benefit from nature and the properties of plant fibres. Raw materials of plant origin can give physical properties to: Materials for isolation Light structural walls Finishing of floors, walls and concrete Eco-composites (biopolymers) that give lightness, mechanical resistance and thermal isolation And for a near future, we are already talking about bio-metals Raw materials: fibres such as flax, hemp, jute, agave, biopolymers. Advantages: environmental, biodegradable, recyclable. Technological and market challenges: development of alternative fibres

26 New opportunities, new projects: Museum of climate
Museum of Science, Environment and Climate Promoted by Lleida Council, Fundació “la Caixa” and Lleida Science and Technology Park

27 New opportunities, new projects: The Kyoto house
The Kyoto House for demonstration (bioclimatic and home automatics) Promoted by Prefabricats Pujol, Asimelec (Spanish TIC and electronics enterprises Association) and Lleida Science and Technology Park.

28 Conclusion The Lleida Science and Technology Park aims at exploring:
The Lleida Science and Technology Park aims at exploring: new innovative technologies in order to achieve more sustainable areas and to develop new business through clusters of biomaterial industry. Its values are: Innovation Sustainability Commitment to the territory We have endeavoured to present some specific strategies and some examples of successful collaboration.

29 Here you have some examples of the contribution from Lleida (Spain) to a Global Green Growth!
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