About us

Research team of Universitat Politècnica de València has been working for two decades on the integrated physical, chemical and biological processes that take place in wastewater treatment plants (WWTP), i.e. the biological removal of nutrients, primary sludge fermentation, anaerobic sludge digestion, recovery of phosphorus in the form of struvite, membrane bioreactor (MBR) applications for treating urban wastewater (Aerobic and Anaerobic MBRs), and nutrient recovery from the effluent of Anaerobic MBR systems by microalgae cultivation. These studies have been carried out focusing on process modelling and simulation, as well as control systems development for optimizing process operation.

The main aims of this research group are the transference of research results to Industry and the technical assistance on the design, operation and optimization of WWTPs. Most of the transferable results have been obtained in collaboration with the UV research group (also Associated Beneficiary of this project). This has enabled a variety of patents to be developed and marketed, including an automatic parameter calibration equipment (BioCalibra); a wastewater treatment system based on anaerobic MBR technology; and a nitrification-denitrification processes control system. Also in collaboration with the UV research group, a plant wide simulator software (DESASS) that considers all the physical, chemical and biological processes involved in a WWTP has been developed. This software is continuously upgraded with the new developments made by the research group and it is being used by several universities and companies. Finally, the research group participates in the consortium "Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor for Recovery of Energy and Resources to achieve Sustainable Water Reuse" under the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water Action Group, approved by the EC.

More info about: The CalAgua research team.


Our website

The website of the Universitat Politècnica de València is much more than the cover letter of our institution. It is an especially effective working tool and an essential aid for students. Its portals provide high quality information and a wide range of services, which are accessible from a variety of mobile devices. The result is an intuitive and functional web, universal and direct, the best reflection of what we, as a university, want to be..

Francisco J. Mora Mas - UPV Rector


Our technology


Since its inception in 1970, the Polytechnic University of Valencia has had a remarkable interest for water resources and water environment problems. This is not an accident, but a vocation, as the area of influence of this University encompasses not only the Valencia, but our neighboring areas in which the interest in hydraulic and environmental issues is great.
No doubt that our University is in the center of one of the largest water deficit areas of Spain. Water issues are key to the Valencian society from all points of view: social, economic and environmental. Therefore, we reflect the obvious need to train researchers and teachers in order to help resolve the highest level of quality. It is crucial to apply the most advanced scientifically and technologically methodologies to solve the most serious environmental problems associated with water in these regions.



Most professors of The Hydraulic Engineering and Environment Department of the Universitat Politècnica de València are integrated for R+D+i purposes in the Research Institute of Water and Environmental Engineering (IIAMA); this institute, with the integration of research groups from different knowledge areas and universities, has the objective of promoting the technical and scientifical research, the specialized training and technical consulting in those topics related with water.




XXI century: From wastewater to Resource Source

Towards a new paradigm based on sustainability, where wastewater now turns into a source of energy, nutrients and simultaneously, a water resource suitable for reuse.

In this context, LIFE MEMORY project targets for the sustainable production of reusable water demonstrating the feasibility of an innovative technology: the Submerged Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor (SAnMBR).


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LIFE13 ENV/ES/001353

With the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Community