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We perform applied research executing initiatives which pursue improvement of sustainable water use and management in its widest spectrum, i.e. from its production via efficient desalination technologies to treatment and purification with low or zero energy cost technologies, in addition to assessing and proposing quality improvements of water placed at the service of society and the environment via audits, advice, design of water treatment solutions and quality control. 

Considering our insular conditions we are committed to transnational co-operation with Macaronesian regions and West African countries, with initiatives consisting of supplying drinking water and energy to isolated areas, likewise productive benefit of waste water and water quality protection to converge together towards a development model taking into account climate change, blue and circular economy as the foundations for sustainable development of water management and use.

We provide support for the execution and drafting of R+D+i European and regional projects and studies on water technologies, quality and governance, likewise verification of the results obtained,

We perform customised tasks of: dissemination, awareness and specialised formalisation linked to water, carrying out among others, tutoring of students doing work experience at different universities, and training programmes along the strategic lines of the area (desalination, purification, regeneration & circular economy, assessment & quality improvement of waters, climate change adaptation & mitigation strategies in the water sector, marine-maritime sector, training and outreach at any level of society), not to mention generating different training materials for awareness, teaching tasks and knowledge transfer.

  • 1996

    Autonomous desalination using Wind Energy - SDAWES

    First European Project on ITC installations to demonstrate autonomous desalination with Wind Energy at medium scale (SDAWES)

    Autonomous desalination using
  • 1996

    Mauritania: installation of 4 desalination plants in the Banc d'Arguin National Park

    This project allowed the start-up of four desalination plants in Banc d'Arguin National Park (Mauritane), for which the local population was involved through training in management, operation and manteinance of water production

    Mauritania: installation of 4
  • 1997

    First desalination plants operated exclusively with renewable energy

    From the beginning of research activity, water desalination with renewable energy became one of the main researching themes in water field. ITC is an international benchmark in this field, with more than 15 tested systems.

    First desalination plants oper
  • 2000

    Waste Water Purification

    First low energy cost natural waste water treatment systems integrated in Canary natural spaces

    Waste Water Purification
  • 2003

    Official establishment of Water Department

    Official establishment of Water Department in ITC structure

    Official establishment of Wate
  • 2003

    Bathing and coast waters quality monitoring

    ITC has carried out actions aimed to bathing and coast waters quality monitoring and analysis, both in Canary Islands and in other European coastal regions and has participated in the development of specific regulations in this field at regional level and international too.

    Bathing and coast waters quali
  • 2003

    First European Project related to bath water quality applied to Canary Islands - ICREW

    First European Project related to bath water quality applied to Canary Islands   - ICREW

    First European Project related
  • 2004

    International DESSOL Patent

    International DESSOL patent (reverse osmosis plant with photovoltaic solar energy). Technological transfer to canarian company.

    International DESSOL Patent
  • 2006

    First autonomous desalination plant with Photovoltaic Solar Energy in Africa

    Uninterrupted supply of drinking water to Ksar Guilène (Tunisia) via DESSOL desalination system. First autonomous desalination plant with Photovoltaic Solar Energy in Africa to supply a town with Water.

    First autonomous desalination
  • 2008


    Publication of the Water Guide in European Macaronesia (AQUAMAC)

  • 2009

    Design and installation of the Santa Lucia natural wastewater treatment plant

    Support in the design and installation of a natural wastewater treatment plant in Ingenio of Santa Lucia (GC), largest one in Canary Islands under zero energy concept

    Design and installation of the
  • 2011

    Design of protocols to assess sands sanitary quality in beachs

    Pioneers in protocols design to assess sanitary quality in Canary Islands beachs sands

    Design of protocols to assess
  • 2014

    Design and installation of the Calheta Treatment Plant, natural purification

    Support in the Design and Installation of the Calheta Treatment Plant, Maio Island (Cape Verde) based on natural purification systems.

    Design and installation of the
  • 2016

    Knowledge transfer of natural wastewater treatment systems to the Canary company AT Hidrotecnia

    Knowledge transfer of the conception and design of natural wastewater treatment systems to the Canary company

    Knowledge transfer of natural
  • 2018

    Creation of the DESAL+ Living Lab Platform

    Creation of the DESAL+ LIVING LAB Platform, a joint public-private platform open to R&D&i in desalination.

    Creation of the DESAL+ Living

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