The SUPREN SUstainable PRocess ENgineering research group is integrated in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering of the Bilbao School of Engineering (University of the Basque Country). Its different R&D activities are briefly described in what follows:

  • Physicochemical characterization of fuels and urban or industrial wastes to design their valorization.
  • The development of thermochemical and valorization processes to valorize and recycle organic wastes through pyrolysis or gasification.
  • The development of hydrometallurgical processes to valorize and recycle industrial wastes.
  • The preparation, characterization and testing of heterogeneous catalysts for reforming, oxidation, hydrotreating, dehydration and hydrogenolysis processes of both fossil (oil fractions, NG) or renewable (biomass) resources.
  • The application of advanced and innovative approaches from chemical reaction engineering to develop microreaction systems or other ones with coupled selective separations (reactive distillation, membrane modules). These technologies use to be applied to hydrogen production technologies and to biorefinery processes development (biofuels and added-value intermediates or products).

All the expertise accumulated working in all the previously indicated areas allows at present the development of research projects within the following lines of R&D:

  1. Design of innovative reaction systems
  2. Development of biorefinery processes
  3. Hydrogen technologies
  4. Waste to resource (W2R)
  5. Development of hydrometallurgical processes

The R&D researchers have also experience in modeling and simulation in process engineering: experimental data processing, model tuning, process scale-up or design and optimization of real processes. Both commercial simulators and specifically developed tools use to be applied in this field.


MESC+: European Master Programme in Energy Storage and Conversion has been accepted in Erasmun Mundus + program

First publication date: 27/07/2018

The Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering of the “Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea”, in close collaboration with CICenergigune (Energy Cooperative Research Centre) participated in the design of an European Master Programme in Energy Storage and Conversion (MESC+). This Master has been awarded very recently the recognition as an Erasmus Mundus+ Master. This recognition is not only a serious prove of its quality but it also implies an important financial support for its future students an for faculty interchanges. This financial support will be increased with additional funds coming from indutrial companies and public entities related to the energy technologies research and innovation.

This Master is the result of the collaboration among five European universities (two from France: Jules Verne-Amiens and Paul Sabatier-Toulouse, a Polish one: Polytecnic of Warszawa, a Spanish one: Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea and one from Slovenia: Ljubljana, two associated non-european universities (Drexel from USA and Deakin from Australia) and three additional partners (the french CNRS, the Slovenian Chemical Institute of Ljubljana and the Basque CICenergigune). More detailed information about the universities and associated partners supporting this Master can be reached through the next link.