ANDALUSIAN TECHNOLOGIAL CENTRE TECNOVA
 
Technology center
ANDALUSIAN TECHNOLOGIAL CENTRE TECNOVA
Sector
Agrifood, Other Technologies
Contact
Mª CARMEN GALERA QUILES
Address: AVDA. FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, 63, 3º B
City: ALMERIA
Province: Almería
Phone: 34 950290822
Fax: 34 950281609
mcgalera@fundaciontecnova.com
http://www.fundaciontecnova.com
Short description
TECNOVA is an Andalusian Technologial Centre of the Auxiliary Industry for Agriculture. It is constituted as a private Foundation without profit aims and integrated by 120 companies, organizations and institutions belonging to the industry and auxiliary services for agriculture.
TECNOVA has as a goal the technological development, promotion and marketing of the industry and auxiliary services for agriculture, promoting the formation, competitiveness and innovation, being able to carry out as many primary and complementary activities as required.
Long description
TECNOVA is an Andalusian Technologial Centre of the Auxiliary Industry for Agriculture. It is constituted as a private Foundation without profit aims and integrated by 120 companies, organizations and institutions belonging to the industry and auxiliary services for agriculture.
TECNOVA has as a goal the technological development, promotion and marketing of the industry and auxiliary services for agriculture, promoting the formation, competitiveness and innovation, being able to carry out as many primary and complementary activities as required.
Our clients-partners
TECNOVA works with all the agents that are part of the value chain, from the production of seeds to the labelling and packing of fruit and vegetable processing.
a) Auxiliary Industry for Agriculture Companies:
- Agrochemicals.
- Pest control.
- Substrate.
- Irrigation.
- Agricultural machinery.
- Plastics.
- Seeds.
- Greenhouses.
- Climate control systems.
- Conainers and packagings.
- Waste and environment treatments.
- Technologies for increasing the value of products.
b) Auxiliary Service for Agriculture Companies.
- Air conditioning in greenhouse.
- Assembly and maintenance of greehouses.
- Installation and maintenance of irrigation systems.
- Seedbeds.
- Agronomic and Industrial Engineerings.
- Consulting companies for organization, formation, quality and environment processes, agricultural techniques, marketing and security applied to the sector.
- Computer science and communications applied to the agricultural sector.
- Laboratories.
c) Agribusiness companies:
- An agribusiness company is that which is not included in the previous concepts but related to the intensive agriculture.
Strategic lines of the Andalusian Technological Centre TECNOVA:
- Near Infrared Spectroscopy Technology (NIRS).
TECNOVA has developed this technology to detect wastes in horticultural products and to differentiate varieties due to the advantages this technology presents: speed of response, multiproduct and multiattribute, non-destructive, clean technology, ideal to be established in insurance systems of quality on-line.
- Increase of the value of fruit and vegetable processing products.
The consumer profile has changed drastically. In this respect, the actual consumer demands foods with easy preparation, slightly processed – keeping and improving its nutritional properties – functional foods, low fat which gives a benefit to the health – safer, with more maintenance – tasty, healthy and at a competitive price. Trends happen for the design of functional foods, comfortable or easy to prepare and products with new presentations, textures, tates,… This is the reason TECNOVA is studying how to add value to horticultural products, search new alternatives products, as well as niche markets for these products and, at the same time, the consumption of healthy products from Andalusia is promoted.
- New agribusiness designs.
The productive structures related to the intensive agriculture as, for example, greenhouse structures, are very important inside the productive system. For this reason, TECNOVA is studying, among other, the characterization of greenhouse structures, tests of material and assisted design, study of useful tools for internationalisation and calculation of auxiliary structures for intensive agriculture.
- Renewable energies and environmental sustainability.
The evolution of intensive agriculture in Almeria has been spectacular, having been generated in less than 30 years a cluster of companies around the agricultural model in Almeria. Thanks to this, enormous increases have been produced in lands, production and profitabilities. However, after few years of high prosperity in the sector, thanks to the development and incorporation of technologies, crops under greenhouse and, the auxiliary industry in general, are in a mature and decline period. In addition, the entrance of new production zones with low costs and the international discredit campaigns in environmental, quality and food safety subjects, mean important barriers to the exportation of horticultural products and a wrong image of our agricultural model. This is the reason TECNOVA bets on the research and development of a sustainable agricultural model, environmental and financially, improving: the design and planning of an agricultural production and installations; energetic management of the exploitations; management of the use of water, pest control; management and recovery of agricultural wastes,…
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