Finished projects

International Projects



Logistics for Energy Crops Biomass. EC FP7. 2012-2016. LogistEC Web Page

The LogistEC project supported by FP7 aims to develop new or improved technologies of the biomass logistics chains. Cost-efficient, environmental-friendly and socially sustainable biomass supply chains are needed to achieve the 2020 EU RES targets that might be impeded by the potential scarcity of lignocellulosic biomass from agriculture. The project covers all types of lignocellulosic crops: annual and multi-annual crops, perennial grasses, and short-rotation coppice.

The project focuses on improvement of all biomass value chain components and assesses the sustainability in terms of environmental, economic and social impacts. Innovative techniques for crop management, biomass harvesting, storage and transport provide a possibility to increase biomass supply whilst keeping costs down and minimizing adverse environmental impacts.




Bringing Europe and Third countries closer together through renewable Energies, EC-Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) Programme. 2012-2015. Better Web Page

BETTER addressed RES cooperation between the EU and third countries in several dimensions. The starting point was given through the cooperation mechanisms provided by the RES Directive, allowing Member States to achieve their 2020 RES targets in a more cost efficient way, and thereby including the possibility to cooperate with third countries. Thus, BETTER assessed, through case studies, stakeholders involvement and integrated analysis, to what extent cooperation with third countries can help Europe achieve its RES targets in 2020 and beyond, trigger the deployment of RES electricity projects in third countries and create synergies and win-win circumstances for all involved parties.

The case studies focusing on North Africa, the Western Balkans and Turkey investigated in detail the technical, socio-economic and environmental aspects of RES cooperation. Complementary to these bottom-up analyses, an integrated assessment was undertaken from the EU plus third countries perspective, including a detailed quantitative cost-benefit evaluation of feasible policy approaches, as well as strategic power system analyses. Moreover, co-effects, such as, impacts on the achievement of EU climate targets, energy security and macro-economic aspects was analysed. The final outcome is a fine-tailored policy package, offering a concise representation of key outcomes, guidelines for practical implementation of RES cooperation and actions plans reflecting regional specifics.




Cost-efficient and sustainable deployment of renewable energy sources towards the EU 20% target by 2020, and beyond. EC-Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) Programme. 2011-2012. Press release

To develop a strategy to improve the sustainable production of renewable energies in Europe at minimum cost, identifying and implementing cooperation mechanisms among the surplus countries. To recommend a roadmap to the cost-effective development of renewable energy to 2020 and 2030. Press release




To identify and assess the most cost effective infrastructure(s) of CO2 transport and Geologic Storage that will be able to serve the West Mediterranean area: Spain, Portugal and Morocco.

Integrated infrastructure for CO2 transport and storage in the West MediTerranean. EC-FP VII. 2010-2012. Web page




EFDA-TIMES model. Euratom-Fusion Programme. 2012.

The objectives this year are to review the long term global energy scenarios published by international organisations such as IEA, IIASA, etc. After the revision, some scenarios will be implemented with the EFDA Times model (ETM) and the results will be analysed. The same assumptions will be taken to run those scenarios with the ETSAP-TIAM global energy model to compare the results with those from ETM, with special focus on the electricity production. Finally, an analysis on the potential competence between nuclear fusion and renewable technologies in a low carbon global energy system will be carry out. 




Analysis of the energy data in the European Life Cycle Database. Contract with the EC JRC's Institute for Environment and Sustainability. 2012

To analyse the quality of the energy data currently available in the European Life Cycle Database (ELCD)  



Life Cycle Analysis of fossil fuels and biofuels of ECOPETROL (Colombia). Technical assistance. 2010-2011



EFDA-TIMES model. Euratom-Fision Programme. 2011



Harmonised biofuel GHG emissions calculations in Europe. EC-Intelligent Energy-Europe (IEE) Programme. 2010-2012. Web page


Analysing Transition Planning and Systematic Energy Planning Tools for the Implementation of the Energy Technology Information System. EC-FP VII. 2009-2012. Web page



Risk of Energy Availability Common Corridors for Europe Supply Security. EC-FP VII. 2008-2010. Web page



EFDA-TIMES model. Euratom-Fision Programme. 2010


Deployment of innovative low power fuel cell vehicle fleets to initiate an early market for Hydrogen as an alternative fuel in Europe. EC-FPVI. 2006-2011. Web page



Effective and low-disturbing biofuel policies. EC-Intelligent Energy-Europe (IEE) Programme. 2007- 2010. Press release. Web page.




EFDA-TIMES model. Euratom-Fision Programme. 2008-2009




Wind Energy- The facts. EC-Intelligent Energy-Europe (IEE) Programme. 2007-2009.




Monitoring and Evaluation of the RES directives implementation in EU27 and policy recommendations for 2020. EC-Intelligent Energy-Europe (IEE) Programme. 2006-2009. Web page 




New Energy Externalities Developments for Sustainability. FP VI. 2004-2008. Web page




Promotion of biofuels for sustainable development in South and South-East Asia. Asian Pro Eco Programme/CE. 2005-2008.  Web page




CDM and Urban Pollution: Partnerships enhancing synergies in Urban Air and Health in Kyoto Mechanisms. FP VI. 2006-2008. Web page



Costs assessment for sustainable energy systems. FP VI. 2006-2008. Web page


EFDA-TIMES model: Resources potentials update. Euratom-Fusion Programme. 2007



Fusion in the global energy system. SERF Programme (EFDA/EURATOM). 2005-2006. 




Big scale demonstration of energy crop utilization for electricity generation. FP V. 2003-2006.



Assessment of the externalities of biomass energy for electricity production. APAS Programme. 1995-1996.

National Projects



Development of the centralised commercial production of electricity from energy crops. Spanish R+D+i Plan (2011-2014), programme INNPACTO.

To carry out the Life Cycle Analysis and Economic Analysis of energy crops in different homogeneous agroenergy areas in Spain. 


Criterios de sostenibilidad de biocarburantes


Incorporation of European Union sustainability criteria to the Life Cycle Analysis of alternative crops. Technical support to the Spanish Environment Ministry (MMARM). 2010-2014

To provide technical support to the Executive Management of Air Quality and Atmosphere Protection of the Environment Ministry (MAGRAMA) to keep specific research projects and participate in national and international actions related to the evolution of the European Union sustainability criteria and other specification of the alternative fuels for transport as well as their socioeconomic consequences.




Study of the social, economic and environmental net impact of the promotion of renewable energies in the Spanish energy system. Spanish R+D+i Plan (2008-2011), programme Proyectos de Investigación Fundamental. 2011-2013

To valuate, in economic terms, the socioeconomic and environmental net impacts of the implementation of renewable energies in the Spanish energy system under different scenarios. 




Development, demonstration and determination of the viability of energy production from energy crops in Spain. Subproject 9: Economic and environmental valuation of the crops energy chains. Spanish R+D+i Plan. 2006-2012

To develop the energy production from energy crops in Spain to reach a pre commercial scale and the dissemination to the involved sectors. 

The Energy Systems Analysis Unit coordinates Subproject 9, whose objective is to analyse and valuate the environmental impacts of the energy chains of the main energy crops using the Life Cycle Analysis methodology. In addition, the economic valuation of the production and transformation of energy crops to produce heat, electricity and biofuels has also been performed.  




Improvements in the development of the harmonised tool CALCUGEI for the estimation of Greenhouse gas emissions from biofuels in Spain. Contract with IDAE 2012-2013

To improve the design and development of the harmonised tool CALCUGEI for the estimation of Greenhouse gas emissions from biofuels in Spain and to include data, by agriculture region, for two new crops, corn and beetroot.   


Beneficios ambientales

y externalidades de la utilización de biomasa de hueso de aceituna en secaderos de tabaco. In cooperation with ETSIA (UPM). 2009-2010



de aceites vegetales en unidades de refino para la producción de biocarburantes. Subprograma de Proyectos Singulares y Estratégicos MICINN. 2009-2010




Evaluación del balance de gases de efecto invernadero de los biocarburantes producidos en España. In cooperation with ETSIA (UPM). 2009-2010




Efecto sumidero del cultivo del cardo para fines energéticos. Emisiones evitadas de combustibles sólidos y líquidos. Programa Nacional de Recursos y Tecnologías Agroalimentarias (INIA). 2007-2010


Externalidades de la biomasa

Análisis de Ciclo de Vida de la producción energética del cardo. Agreement with IFAPA. 2008-2009



Optimización de la predicción de energía eólica para su integración en el sistema de gestión eléctrica: un desarrollo global unificando la predicción del viento y del comportamiento del sistema eólico. Subproject 7: Estudio económico. Spanish R+D+I Plan. 2006-2009


Evaluación medioambiental


de la mejora de la calidad de los combustibles para el transporte. Agreement with the Environment Ministry. 2005-2008



ACV de la producción de energía eléctrica a partir de biomasa, gas natural y sistema mixto. Spanish R+D+I Plan. 2006-2007

Impactos socioeconómicos y medioambientales


de la producción de electricidad termosolar en España. CIEMAT Project 2005-2006


Análisis del Ciclo de Vida


de Combustibles Alternativos para el Transporte - Fase I. Agreement with the Environment Ministry (MMA). 2003-2005. ACV comparativo del bioetanol de cereales y de la gasolina.


Análisis del Ciclo de Vida


de Combustibles Alternativos para el Transporte. Fase II. Agreement with the Environment Ministry (MMA). 2003-2005.  ACV comparativo del biodiésel y del diésel.


Determinación de medidas óptimas

para la reducción de las emisiones producidas por la contaminación atmosférica urbana e industrial. CICYT Spanish R+D+I Plan.1999-2001

Evaluación de las externalidades

medioambientales producidas por las actividades del sistema eléctrico. Agreement with CNE. 1997-1998