These actions correspond to Objective B2.5. “Programme for Strategic Research and Transfer Centers” (CEITs), key factors for promoting the creation of multi-disciplinary research centers linked to areas of excellence with active participation of non-university members and transfer capacity and aimed at R+D+Ii transfer.
They are mainly established in two cases: the first case corresponds to programmes B2.6 and B2.7 integrated in CCI and the second one corresponds to B2.15, with an effect on CIT and the Campus of Water and Energy, CIAE in environmental aspect and optimization of resources.
4.1. Public-Private center in Telecommunication Networks and Services
The Community of Cantabria occupies one of the leading positions in the paradigm of an intelligent city with the SmartSantander Project. In this integrated project, belonging to the 7th Framework Programme,
there are 14 European members and an Australian one, as well as multinational companies such as Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, Telefónica, EON…… This places Santander and the Community in the display window of technologists, operators and manufacturers of telecommunication equipment, given that it offers an infrastructure of massive experimentation which is open to the community, not only scientific, international. As its name shows, the Project deals with experimentation in the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) in the area of the city, involving the participation of all the agents who conform to the value chain in such an experiment.
The availability of an experimentation platform with 20,000 devices belonging to the IoT world makes it easier for the International Campus of Technology to have a privileged position in which most ICT groups add synergy together with companies in order for the project to come into line with the different vectors, so that the concept smart city becomes a singular and distinguishing fact of Santander and Cantabria with regards to other competitors at an international level. This also allows the implication in the project of Collaborating Institutions in the International Campus of Excellence, such as Santander Bank, which on supporting Cantabria for the installation of its Data-Processing Centre (CPD) is creating important synergies in this area such as that which has allowed collaboration in the IBM project.
This framework justifies only too well the creation of a centre of excellence as a public-private collaboration aimed at research and innovation in telecommunication networks and services and which acts as a meeting point for all the above-mentioned actors, with the aim of materializing this distinguishing concept, constructed around the SmartSantander platform.
750,000 euros are requested for the Project and development of the first actions aimed at its materialization.
4.2. Project: R+D+i Center for the sustainable use of Geo-Diversity Resources.
This centre is conceived as a joint initiative of the Government of Cantabria, the University of Cantabria and the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain (IGME), together with companies connected with the sector of exploration, exploitation and transformation of geological-mining resources, as well as the use of other resources in the geo-diversity. It remains transversally classified in CCI within the areas of CIT, CIAE, CIFMA and CIBFA.
The fundamental mission of the centre would be to promote carrying out R+D+I activities, aimed at achieving the development of related sectors, directly or indirectly, with the use, transformation and conservation of resources within geo-diversity, in accordance with sustainable guidelines, all with the general idea of contributing to creating employment and economic activity in the region, as well as improving the quality of the area.
Among the specific objectives of the Center are the following:
- Research about geological materials with potential for mining exploitation in Cantabria, with an improvement in exploitation methods and a reduction in environmental impact.
- Research into methods, techniques and rehabilitation procedures, restoration and environmental recuperation of areas deteriorated by mining or other activities, and the development of models and activities for conservation and an evaluation of non-consumer geo-diversity resources.
- Research about and development into geothermic energy in Cantabria.
- Follow-up activities, audits, assessment and whenever necessary certification of those activities related to the use of geo-diversity resources.
This Project is the natural consequences of work carried out about the assessment and exploitation of dry goods by the UC Geo-dynamic Group. The location of the Center is designed to promote the Campus in Torrelavega (Mining and Energy). Besides the University of Cantabria and IGME, the Industry Department and the Environmental Dept. in the Government of Cantabria (See Annex II-letters of support) are also involved. The structure of a mixed UC-IGME-GobCantabria center is proposed, the first associated IGME center in Cantabria.
With regards to companies within the sector, they are initially identified as companies more directly involved in future activities to those brought together in the Chamber of Mining and Solvay, S.A., amongst others.
The center will have collaboration with foreign centers of reference with similar objectives. BRGM in France and TNO in Holland have been identified initially.
For this action 250,000 Euros is requested, aimed at the elaboration and drafting of the Project for the Center.