Cetaqua Galicia – Galician Water Research Center Foundation / R&D services

Sharing innovation, inspiring change

Generate and manage knowledge and identify strategic R&D opportunities aimed at the development and validation of technologies and solutions through an open innovation model

Cetaqua integrates, manages and executes projects in research, technological development, and innovation in the integral cycle of water in order to propose innovative solutions for companies, public administration, and society. Cetaqua's organisational model is based on the collaborative research between the private, public and scientific sectors to facilitate interaction and speed up the implementation of R&D results in industry.

Cetaqua is made up of four independent centres (Barcelona, Galicia, Andalusia and Chile) with a common action strategy providing mutual support and sharing resources which on occasion are centralised. The main governing body of Cetaqua Galicia is its Board, composed of founding members: ViAQUA, the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC).


Foundation year


Turnover volume (2016)



Business areas

• R&D in the water cycle

Lines of business

• Resource revalorization

• Energy

• Quality

• Resilience of infraestructures

Products / services

• R&D in the water cycle

Difference / potential

Cetaqua, which is part of the international network of R&D centres for Suez, has become a technological centre of reference in the creation of knowledge and the development and validation of technology and solutions relating to the integral cycle of water. With almost 100 researchers, experts and specialists: 30% of permanent staff are PhD graduates or students and 12% are Scientific and Technical Advisors from different universities of reference.

Cetaqua is working on a portfolio of over 40 publicly funded collaborative projects, including 15 LIFE projects (13 of which it coordinates), 12 FP7 and 5 H2020 projects as partner; 17 projects with national funding, as well as over 50 projects currently receiving private funding in collaboration with Suez and other external companies.

Contact person:

Alberto Sánchez (Managing Director of Cetaqua Galicia)


Edificio Emprendia s/n Campus Vida
15782 Santiago de Compostela -Spain


(+34) 981 525 323





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