IDESA´s R&D Unit develops projects that significantly increase the technical capabilities of technical teams and increase the overall knowledge of the company as well as meet the needs of our most large customers.

The R&D Unit is managed under the guidelines of UNE 166002:2014, following the Methodology of Prototype and Pilot Plants Development. This management system makes it possible IDESA´s Innovation Policy goals, under the framework of the strategic business areas:

• Oil & Gas and Chemistry Industries
• Off-Shore
• Industrial Plants

According to IDESA´s strategic lines, R&D unit develop the following services for our customers and partners:

• Prototype Special Vessels - Research and experimental developments
• Pilot Plants - Design and manufacturing of pilot plants in oil refining, petrochemical or bio-refining fields
• Off-Shore foundations: Design, development and manufacturing of Off-Shore Wind Foundations


Development of a steel photo-bioreactor for algae growth
Engineering services for convective heat exchanger
Engineering consultancy services for reviewing, completing and updating of the Structural Design Criteria for In-vessel Components
Joints-off "applied research in new low cost jackets contruction and long life for offshore wind structures
Engineering for new industrial manufacturing process for graphene-based inks by exfoliation and reduction of graphite
Engineering, procurement and construction of new modular plant for bioplastic production

Proyectos Financiados

IDESA ENERGY - Proyecto en desarrollo, expediente IE14-110: “Investigación nuevo concepto de receptor solar para S-CO2”.
El objetivo del proyecto es la generación del conocimiento necesario para abordar el desarrollo de un nuevo tipo de receptor central para plantas termosolares de torre, específico para utilizar como fluido caloportador el dióxido de carbono en condiciones supercríticas, de manera que se obtenga la máxima eficiencia energética y un coste de fabricación optimizado. El proyecto está cofinanciado por el Plan de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación del Principado de Asturias (PCTI) y el Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (Feder).
IDESA FABRICATION - Proyecto en desarrollo, expediente IE14-020: “Conformado de grandes volúmenes mediante prensión con matrices de geometría variable”.
El objetivo del proyecto es generar el conocimiento necesario para abordar el desarrollo de una nueva técnica de conformado por deformación plástica basada en un nuevo concepto de matriz de geometría variable, de manera que se incremente la productividad del proceso de fabricación de fondos y gajos, partes fundamentales de los grandes equipos a presión, y se optimice su coste de fabricación. El proyecto está cofinanciado por el Plan de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación del Principado de Asturias (PCTI) y el Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (Feder).
Proyecto en desarrollo por IDESA FABRICATION, expediente IDE/2014/000231: “Sistemas de manipulación y sustentación de grandes equipos para su tratamiento térmico”. El objetivo principal del proyecto es el diseño y desarrollo de un sistema de sustentación de grandes equipos, capaz de soportar el tratamiento térmico de los mismos sin ver minorada su integridad dimensional.
JOINTS-OFF project aims at the knowledge generation and the development of new offshore structures, low-cost and high-durable. Reduction of manufacturing costs will be achieved avoiding welded joints in the structure. For that tensegrity as well as minimal surface concepts will be applied to the design of the new jacket. High-durability will be assured by means of modifications and reformulations of paints (base of acrilic polyurethane) which avoid colonization and growth of algae and crustaceans. This also slows down biocorrosion in the structure.
Desarrollo de una planta demostradora de cogeneración a partir de biomasa en forma de pacas completas de residuo forestal. El proyecto LIFE BIOBALE ha sido financiado por la Comisión Europea a través del programa Life+ con el código de acuerdo: LIFE13 ENV/ES/000923.
Proyecto en desarrollo de sistema de realidad virtual para el diseño de plantas modulares de procesos en industrias químicas y petroquímicas, expediente IDE/2014/000755 IDESA ENERGY S.L.
Durante la anualidad 2011, Ingeniería y Diseño Europeo, S.A. ha ejecutado con éxito su Plan de Competitividad orientado a la mejora de sostenibilidad y eficiencia de sus procesos productivos, que ha sido financiado por el Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad a través del expediente SEI-010000-2011-551.
Durante la anualidad 2011, Idesa Fabrication, S.A. ha ejecutado con éxito su Plan de Competitividad orientada a la mejora de la sostenibilidad y eficiencia de sus procesos productivos, que ha sido financiado por el Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad a través del expediente SEI-010000-2011-540.
IDESA INDUSTRIAL PLANTS - Nueva plataforma Roll-to-Roll para la fabricación de dispositivos microfluídicos (R2RMAN)”. El objetivo del proyecto es desarrollar un nuevo proceso productivo basado en tecnologías roll-to-roll para la fabricación de una nueva generación de dispositivos portables “lab-on-a-chip” o laboratorio de bolsillo, miniaturizados, de bajo coste y sobre substrato flexible. El proyecto está cofinanciado por:
Proyecto desarrollado por Ingeniería y Diseño Europeo, S.A.
Título: Proyectos Individuales – Muestra y Conoce. Proyecto Internacionalización de IDESA en Oriente Medio. Financiado por:
IDEsec – Algorithms applied research in identifying anomalies in activity patterns of work in cofined spaces.The IDEsec project aims to investigate in a new algorithm of signal processing that can help predict and anticipate critical situations that could occur in heavyweight and metalworking industry inside confined spaces of pressure equipment.For more information Click Here.
El proyecto está cofinanciado por:
Project: TUPPERWAVE - DEVELOPMENT OF A NOVEL EFFICIENT AND COST-COMPETITIVE WAVE ENERGY CONVERSION DEVICE FOR THE GENERATION OF HIGH-QUALITY RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY (TUPPERWAVE). Objective: Modeling, design and laboratory validation of a small-scale model of a new OWC system. It will be necessary to study hydrodynamic performance in terms of energy conversion efficiency, as well as engineering and control of the new valve system.
El proyecto está cofinanciado por:
TERRA Project: New concept of thermosolar plant with open receiver tower
TERRA Project places as main goal the design and development of a new generation of central receiver solar plant more competitive, more efficient and more stable, consolidating the position of Spain as leader in thermosolar technology at international level.
IDESA participation is centered in the development of new models of storage tanks, volumetric receiver and regenerators.
Offshore Wind Energy London 6-8 June 2017 – Company Mission.
Subsidy granted to Ingeniería y Diseño Europeo S.A. for the attendance to the congress of "Offshore Wind Energy" on the dates 6-8 June 2017.
Attendance at the conference has a commercial advantage for the company, which has been maintained with other companies in the sector, which may lead to an expansion of our portfolio of customers and partners for this market.
This project has been financed by “Gobierno del Principado de Asturias”.
The main objective of the Project is to develop a process that allows the use of CO2 present in the resulting gases from the combustion of natural gas during normal operation in a combined cycle plant for prevention and control of macrofouling produced at the cooling systems. In this way, it is avoided the use of derived compounds from chlorine while avoiding CO2 emissions into atmosphere.
MICO2NACAR project aims to the adaptation, development and start-up of a microalgae cultivation system, extraction and nanoencapsulation of high-added value compounds of microalgal origin. More precisely, one of the main goals in the project consists on the adaptation, development and start-up of a modular and portable photobioreactor (based on its patent WO2013132117), for the cultivation of microalgae dedicated to human consumption, along with an supercritical CO2 extraction system of extracts of microalgae origin, in this case, extraction of fatty acids omega-3 to be subsequently micro and/or nanoencapsulated. This equipment will be modular and easily applicable into the food industry.
Development of a robotic welding project for the petrochemical sector.
Analysis of new welding technologies to make the joints by welding of these connections, flange-ferrule unions of pressure equipment, and ultimately robotization / automation of the productive system centered on multi-pass welds big thickness.