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The CENTINELA project, a winner in the Inspire programme

The CENTINELA project, a winner in the Inspire programme


This week Petronor has presented the first appraisal of the agreement with the Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness of the Government of the Basque Autonomous Community (region), and has announced the three award-winning projects in the Inspire open innovation programme. They include the CENTINELA project developed by the CIC nanoGUNE, Materials Physics Center and the University of Burgos.

The CENTINELA project is seeking to develop a system of remote detection that can be used as a basis for the detection and early warning of substances responsible for unpleasant odours in the environs of the refinery. The project has been specifically designed to address the basic needs raised by Petronor.

The detection systems will be developed at the facilities of the CFM/MPC and nanoGUNE and will later be transferred to the University of Burgos where its laboratories are equipped to work on samples of chemical substances in safe conditions. During the final phase, the equipment will be moved to the Petronor facilities for field testing.


Tasks of each principal member

The participant and the collaborators will be carrying out the following functions:

  • CFM/MPC (Project and Innovation Management Unit): This is responsible for the work to manage and coordinate the project. It will be participating in the work to define the specifications, design the software and measuring systems, and develop the measuring and pre-industrial-scale production systems.
  • CIC nanoGUNE (Nanooptics Group): It is set to participate in developing the measuring systems (Fourier transform spectrometer, optical design, signal processing) and the characterising of them.
  • University of Burgos (Instrumental Analysis Group): It will be gathering the spectroscopic data on the substances responsible for the unpleasant odours, characterising the measuring instrument, and developing the multivariate analysis software for automatic detection and early warning.
  • Petronor: It will be responsible for the general monitoring of progress. Specification of requirements. Mapping of substance types and potential emission zones.