Projects and funding
Comprehensive development and implementation of new technologies, products, and strategies to reduce the application of copper in vineyards and remediate contaminated soils in the Southwest Europe (SUDOE) region.
The objective of COPPEREPLACE is to validate a series of integrated, innovative, and viable solutions to reduce the use of copper and its environmental impact in SUDOE vineyards.
Coppereplace is led by the Wine Technology Platform Association (Asociación Plataforma Tecnológica del Vino) and comprises 13 Spanish, French, and Portuguese wine industry entities. Familia Torres is participating in the project through trials using copper alternatives in our vineyards.
Programme co-funded by the Interreg Sudoe Programme through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Development of a smart vineyard management platform based on the integration of satellite, sensor, drone, and artificial intelligence data that will improve decision-making in phenology, irrigation, disease treatment, and management of the operations in the vineyard. The aim is to improve vineyard sustainability and adaptation to climate change.
VitiGEOSS is made up of nine partners from four countries under the coordination of Eurecat. Familia Torres is responsible for providing data to co-design the smart services and carry out field trials.
Project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme.
LIFE IS LIGHT
The European LIFEisLIGHT project aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of stimulating plants with flashes of UV-C light to prevent cryptogamic diseases in the vineyard.
The consortium is formed by UVBoosting, the University of Toulouse, the University of Bordeaux, and Familia Torres. The trials will be done in the Familia Torres vineyards during two seasons.
Project funded by the European Commission’s LIFE programme.
Production of proteins from insects for animal nutrition and fertilizers. The objective is to develop a large-scale, first-of-its-kind bio-based value chain producing sustainable, safe, and premium feed products from an innovative origin: the Tenebrio molitor insect (mealworm). Waste will be recovered to use as soil fertilizers.
Farmÿng is a consortium made up of 20 companies from eight countries. Familia Torres is participating in the project to study the viability of the fertilizers, which would have a lower carbon footprint than conventional fertilizers since they are a by-product.
Project developed in the framework of Horizon 2020 Public-Private Partnership Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (topic BBI.2018.F2 – Large-scale production of proteins for food and feed applications from alternative, sustainable sources).
Circular economy project aimed at reusing biological sewage treatment plant sludge as organic fertilizer for vineyards. Funded by the Autonomous Government of Catalonia’s Waste Agency.
Circular economy project to reduce the environmental costs of greywater treatment. The aim is to maintain the quality of treated water by incorporating algae photobioreactors in the water treatment process and to generate circular economy strategies to take advantage of algae biomass as a resource for agriculture or an energy resource. Funded by the Autonomous Government of Catalonia’s Waste Agency.
Optimization of the use of plant protection products in winegrowing based on vigour maps. The objective is to reduce the application of plant protection products by identifying inter-parcel variability throughout the growing cycle using vigour maps. This project ended in 2020 and is continued through the Coppereplace project.
Circular economy project for the reuse of glass bottles in the southern European wine industry. Funded by the European Commission’s LIFE programme.
Sustainable management of production in large vineyards to improve the quality and competitiveness of Spanish wines. Consortium made up of the most important wineries, industry companies, and research centres on the Spanish wine science scene.
Co-funded by the European Union and CDTI (Spanish Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology) with ERDF funds, via the Smart Growth Multiregional Operational Programme 2014-2020 in the framework of the Strategic Programme for National Business Research Consortia (Consorcios de Investigación Empresarial Nacional – CIEN).
Industrial research and experimental development project that seeks to improve wine production in the face of climate change, through new technologies, biotechnology strategies, and vineyard management. The consortium is made up of eight companies. Project funded by the CDTI’s CIEN programme.
Design and manufacture of smart labels using NFC technology, designed to be used on wine and spirits bottles. Project co-funded by the Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Competitiveness and by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) within the framework of the Challenges-Cooperation call of the National Programme for Research, Development, and Innovation aimed at Society’s Challenges (Programa Estatal de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad), in the framework of the 2013-2016 National Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation Plan (Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación).
Energy efficiency funding
FAMILIA TORRES – Energy optimization
Introduction of measures to optimize energy in the production and distribution of steam in the Familia Torres winery (Miguel Torres S.A.) in Pacs del Penedès, in the framework of the ERDF Operational Programme Smart Growth 2014-2020. The energy savings and energy efficiency measures consist of replacing the steam boiler and improving the main steam drum. Investment of €132,495.86, having received €22,392.26 in funding.
FAMILIA TORRES – Energy improvements
Implementation of energy improvements at the Familia Torres winery (Miguel Torres S.A.) in Pacs del Penedès, in the framework of the ERDF Operational Programme Smart Growth 2014-2020. The energy savings and energy efficiency measures consist of applying thermal insulation in cooling fluid distribution pipes and implementing a regulation and control system in the wastewater treatment plant. Investment of €120,486.17, having received €36,145.85 in funding.
PAGO DEL CIELO – Energy savings and energy efficiency project
Replacement of filtering equipment with new highly energy-efficient equipment at the Pago del Cielo winery (Selección de Torres S.L.) in Ribera del Duero in 2015. Investment of €88,658, having received €21,156.78 in funding.