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Cidaut has worked in European Programmes since 1998. Our expertise encompasses a wide range of areas such as transport, aeronautics, materials science, power generation, efficient building and communication technologies. We have collaborated in more than 50 international projects funded by initiatives such as the European Union's Framework Programmes (LIFE+, Clean Sky, INTERREG, etc.) and even coordinated five of them.
Within the framework of our own international activity, we actively contribute to several European platforms and associations where forces are joined in order to define the specific technology and research priorities of each sector in the medium and long terms.

Advanced Structural Light-Weight Architectures for Electric Vehicles

The purpose of the E-Light project is to develop a multi-material modular vehicle specifically designed by taking the requirements of electric vehicles into consideration, whilst attempting to optimise its weight and behaviour in crashes and ensuring its ergonomics.

Cidaut coordinates this project.

Funded by the European Commission – 7th Framework Programme.




Growing Older stAying mobiLe

The aim of the GOAL project is to come up with an action plan for innovative solutions that meet the transport needs of elderly people. This action plan will be developed from reviews of the state of the art and the identification of relevant developments in society and transport alternatives.

 CCidaut heads the third work package (driving needs).

 Funded by the European Commission – 7th Framework Programme.

Electric-VEhicle Control of individual wheel Torque for On- and Off-Road Conditions

The main goal of E-VECTOORC is to evaluate and prove the benefits for a pure electric vehicle of controlling the torque generated by electric motors in both on- and off-road conditions by using three different stability control strategies/technologies.

Cidaut is a technology partner in this project.

Funded by the European Commission – 7th Framework Programme.



Development and demonstration of a unique and user-friendly framework for green electromobility in Europe

Green eMotion revolves around the creation of a framework for sustainable electromobility in the EU. Based on twelve existing regional projects, it will demonstrate the feasibility and scalability of a standardised interoperable mobility system that creates the best possible conditions for companies and individuals to be able to drive electric vehicles and thus allow their massive introduction in Europe. This framework will enable the different policymakers, urban planners and electric vehicle suppliers to have the tools needed to facilitate the mass launch of electric vehicles. Cidaut is a technology partner in this project.

Funded by the European Commission – 7th Framework Programme.


 IMplementation of VIrtual TEsting in safety Regulations

The purpose of the project is to promote the implementation of Virtual Testing as part of European regulations, allowing the use of simulation models (CAE) to prove compliance with vehicle type-approval requirements.

Cidaut coordinates this project.

Funded by the European Commission – 7th Framework Programme. 




 INtelligent Renewable Optical ADvisory System

This project’s goal is to develop new intelligent lighting applications as well as new methods and tools, incorporating LED lighting into roads. This will make it possible to have a more effective operation, planning, design, repair and maintenance of the road network.

Cidaut leads the sixth work package.

Funded by the European Commission – 7th Framework Programme.


QUIetening the Environment for a Sustainable Surface Transport

In keeping with the guidelines set by European Directive 2002/49/EC on the assessment and management of environment noise, the main objective of this project is to reduce the environmental impact of land – road and rail – transport and, in particular, noise pollution by means of the optimum design and utilisation of sound barriers.

Cidaut is a technology partner in this project.

Funded by the European Commission – 7th Framework Programme.



Virtual certification of acoustic performance for freight and passenger trains

ACOUTRAIN will simplify and improve the acoustic certification process for new rolling material, in particular in relation to the noise TSI. The goal is to accelerate the authorisation of products by introducing virtual tests, whilst maintaining the same degree of reliability and precision. The successful simplification of the TSI conformity assessment procedure must translate into a stronger competitiveness in the European rail sector. The risk entailed by not achieving such simplification would be that an excessive cost of the certification of new products could hinder the introduction of new designs and innovations.

Cidaut is a technology partner in this project.

Funded by the European Commission – 7th Framework Programme.

REduction of Suicides and Trespasses on RAILway property

RESTRAIL wants to decrease the incidence of suicides and trespasses of unauthorised persons in railway property, as well as to reduce service interruptions and other consequences resulting from this type of incidents, from the identification and analysis of a series of effective preventive measures intended to mitigate this type of incidents and aimed at the rail industry.

Cidaut leads the fifth work package (testing and assessment).

Funded by the European Commission – 7th Framework Programme.



Stimulating the participation of small and medium size enterprises (SME) and other small organizations for improved integration of the European Research Area

The goal of the project is to foster the participation of SMEs related to the aeronautical sector in European research, technological development and innovation programmes, circumventing the main barriers this type of companies have to deal with when it comes to innovating and promoting dialogue and cooperation with large aeronautical companies, technology centres and other relevant sector players, in addition to helping them to identify opportunities for taking part in European R&D&I programmes.

Cidaut leads the diffusion work package.

Funded by the European Commission – 7th Framework Programme.



Wafer design Approach for Safety Increasing in worst case Situations minimizing joints – Composite fuselage section

The main goal of the WASIS project is to develop a composite fuselage structure based on the lattice stiffening concept and optimise geometrical and mass properties of transition zones of fuselage structural joints.

Cidaut coordinates this project.

Funded by the European Commission – 7th Framework Programme.




Innovative Smart Composite Moulds for Cost-Effective Manufacturing of Plastic and Composite Components

The Coeus Titan project was launched to extend the applicability of composite moulds into the much more demanding regime of RTM production, as well as to expand the use of open moulds and light RTM techniques with advanced resin systems, which require much higher temperatures.

Cidaut takes part in this project by leading the specification definition work package.

Funded by the European Commission – 7th Framework Programme.

New Generation of New-Jersey Safe-Barriers Using Recycled Materials and Rubber from End-Of-Life Tyres

The aim of the NEW JERSEY project is to demonstrate and validate a new generation of eco-friendly Jersey safety barriers having a better impact absorption performance and made of recycled rubber tyres, recycled plastic and concrete..

Cidaut is a technology partner in this project.

Funded by the European Commission – Life+ Programme




New Solar Collector Concept for High Temperature Operation in CSP Applications

The HITECO project aims at developing and testing a new parabolic-trough solar collector for plants based on concentrated solar power (CSP) technology in order to increase the operating temperature of the heat transfer fluid up to 600ºC. This consortium is currently working on researching and developing a new concept of absorber tube capable of working at 600ºC, whilst attempting to improve the optical performance and energy efficiency of the energy transfer process according to that temperature limit.

Cidaut is a technology partner in this project.

Funded by the European Commission – 7th Framework Programme.


Transnational Biobuilding Diversity, Bioclimatic Edification Adapted to Modern Architecture and Urbanism

The aim of the BIOURB project is to replace the current “construction model” with a bioclimatic model that is more sustainable from an environmental and financial point of view, reducing the energy demand of buildings and valuing Eco Construction Diversity and the transnational Bioclimatic Heritage.

Cidaut is a technology partner in this project.

Funded by the European Commission – Cross-Border Cooperation Programme.

Transnational Biobuilding Diversity, Bioclimatic Edification Adapted to Modern Architecture and Urbanism


Self learning Energy Efficient builDins and open Spaces

The SEEDS project aims to develop a novel management system based on self-learning for energy efficient buildings and open spaces. The system will allow buildings to keep user control parameters constant, whilst minimising energy consumption and CO2 emissions. SEEDS will run on an open architecture, which will likewise be recommended for both refurbishing existing buildings and open spaces and putting up new buildings, based on wireless sensor technology, self-learning and Bayesian networks, as well as on statistical models that allow to establish the relationships between those important variables that are identified, thus facilitating forecasting and control.

Cidaut is a technology partner in this project.

Financed by the European Commission – 7th Framework Programme. 


Integrated management of product heterogeneous data

 iProd’s main objective is to improve the efficiency and quality of the product development process (PDP) by incorporating the know-how and expertise of design team members into an intelligent software environment capable of being integrated with the different computer systems already in place.

Cidaut leads the diffusion work package.

Financed by the European Commission – 7th Framework Programme.



Field Operational Tests of Aftermarket and Nomadic Devices in Vehicles

This project’s goal is to assess the impact of functions provided by aftermarket and nomadic devices installed in vehicles and to increase user awareness with regard to the potential benefits of said systems.

Cidaut is a technical partner in this project.

Financed by the European Commission – 7th Framework Programme.


TeleFOT international cooperation

The aim of TeleFOTinco is to promote international cooperation between the TeleFOT project and the SafeTrip21, VMC and Ubiquitous Transportation Systems projects by means of multilateral exchange (Europe-USA-South Korea) with regard to the use of travel and traffic information provided by aftermarket and nomadic devices to support drivers.

Cidaut heads task 1.3.

Financed by the European Commission – 7th Framework Programme.



MOtorcyclists road SAFety IMprovement through better behaviour of the equipment and first aid devices


MOSAFIM will allow road safety for European motorcyclists (around 34 millions PTW fleet in Europe) to be increased through the improvement of protective equipment performance (analysis of current standards and new possible ones). The motorcyclists themselves will increase their knowledge about how to make the safest selection of their protective equipment.

On the other hand, first aid services will be improved thanks to the knowledge acquired after real implementation of a new methodology of dealing with injuries, as well as to the definition of recommendations for the implementation of an "In vehicle Emergency Notification Systems" (eCall).

·         Cidaut coordinates this project.

·         Co-funded by the European Commission.

UDRIVE project – eUropean naturalistic Driving and Riding for Infrastructure & Vehicle safety and Environment


The UDRIVE project aims at obtaining an in-depth knowledge of driving and riding behaviour by conducting a large-scale European naturalistic driving study on cars, trucks and powered-two wheelers. UDRIVE builds on the experiences of the PROLOGUE ( feasibility study and the various Field Operational Tests (FOTs) projects such as TeleFOT (, where CIDAUT has also participated. Over a period of two years, UDRIVE will collect information on a total of 470 vehicles, each of them driven during one year: 240 passenger cars, 150 trucks, and 80 powered two-wheelers. All data will be collected continuously to bring knowledge in the research areas of crash causation factors & associated risks, distraction & fatigue, vulnerable road users, road infrastructure and eco-driving.

CIDAUT is leading the naturalistic riding study in Spain, addressing powered-two wheelers.

Financed by the European Commission, Seventh Framework Programme



ALIVE project


ALIVE Project will develop knowledge on materials and design concepts offering a high potential for reducing the weight of the next generation electric vehicles for their application to high production volumes. ALIVE project claims to generate an important level of innovation in terms of vehicle design, materials, forming&joining technologies, simulation & testing and includes a full scale validator for demonstration with a destructive crash and durability test.

The project consortium is composed of 21 partners including 7 major carmarkers, 7 major suppliers, 2 SME¿s and 5 academia/research centres.

CIDAUT is a technology partner in this project.

Financed by the European Commission, Seventh Framework Programme



The project is focused in the development of a new concept of Body in White to be used in an electric vehicle. The application of advanced materials will enable the development of a new super-light structure, through the application polymeric and aluminium components.

The main objective is to demonstrate the sustainable manufacturing of a 600 Kg-electric vehicle by the end of 2015.

Cidaut leads two work packages related with design, characterization and manufacturing of a cast aluminium component integrating an aluminium foam.

Financed by the European Commission, Seventh Framework Programme



VRUITS (Improving the Safety and Mobility of Vulnerable Road Users through ITS Applications)


The Project VRUITS investigates how the safety and mobility of pedestrians, cyclists, and powered-Two-Wheelers can be improved whit ITS applications. The research includes the improvement of the usability of different applications and the integration of VRUs in cooperative traffic systems.

Cidaut is a technical partner in this project

Financed by the European Commission, Seventh Framework Programme

Advanced Composite Integrated Skin Panel Structural Testing (ACID)


Stiffened panels are required in structures, which can be obtained by different processes. They can be made by attaching stiffeners to a thin panel or by producing integrally stiffened panels. An innovating manufacturing process based on Liquid Resin Infusion (LRI) can be employed for obtaining integrally stiffened panels. It is based on molding a dry NCF (Non Crimp Fabric) pre-form of Carbon fiber plies, which is bonded by a one-shot injection process to high stiffness, pre-cured pre-preg T-section stiffeners. This method presents benefits like lower costs in machining and assembly operations.

The immediate solution could be to carry on comparative structural tests on different coupons molded by different manufacturing methods, but it must be taken into account that habitually employed strain and stress measuring systems are limited to specific pre-defined points or have limited resolution. As the manufacturing process and materials are expensive, and last a long term, few coupons are available. Therefore, carefully combined measurement systems must be employed to obtain as much information as possible during the test, and also recurrent information is desirable to correlate results obtained by different sources.

As an answer to this scenario, the ACID project is intended to explore and analyze some of the previous factors, trying to study comparatively the mechanical properties and behavior of different panels obtained by different manufacturing process.

Cidaut coordinates this project.

Funded by the European Commission - Clean Sky Programme



Super Light Architectures for Safe and Affordable Urban Electric Vehicles


URBAN-EV applies innovative manufacturing technologies and materials to produce prototypes of a 2-seat urban electric vehicle with considerably enhanced autonomy, 150km, and a similar occupant safety level than normal passenger cars. The weight will be lower than 600kg including a hybrid storage system combining batteries and ultracaps to enhance the regenerative braking.

Cidaut leads the second work package (Manufacturing)

Funded by the European Commission - 7th Framework Programme

Optimization of joining processes for new automotive metal-composite hybrid parts


The MetalMorphosis aims to develop a new range of novel metal-composite hybrid products for the automotive industry, based on the knowledge transfer from the Electromagnetic Forming usage in joining dissimilar metal products and taking advantage of new development composites and its capability to be bonded to metal.

Cidaut leads the first work package (Requirements' analysis for joining composite-metal)

Funded by the European Commission - 7th Framework Programme.



People Centric easy to implement e-mobility


FREE-MOBY projects aim to implement an easy to deploy micro fully electrical vehicles (450-650kg and speeds up to 90+ km/h)) and city EVs (650-1000kg). The platform aims at the generation of intelligent micro electric vehicles that represent personal prosthesis; a novel form of mobility in harmony with the environment made possible by taking advantage of advanced ICT technologies.

Cidaut leads the third work package (Vehicke to infrastructures toward the full convergence of electromobility and renewable energy)

Funded by the European Commission - 7th Framework Programme

Premium Low weight Urban Sustainable e-MOBIlitY


The PLUS-MOBY project is focused to the implementation of low cost and low energy intensity technologies to manufacture premium four wheel fully electrical micro vehicles (450-650kg and speeds up to 90+ km/h) that can be upgraded to M1 configurations. Referring to a basic design for passengers' application in a highly ergonomic configuration, a safe and integrated chassis will be demonstrated in a reconfigurable architecture that could be easily adapted to a wide range of uses for either delivery of goods or leisure.

Cidaut leads the fifth work package (New business approaches, based on reasonably low budgets and leading to novel supply chains)

Funded by the European Commission - 7th Framework Programme.




SAFE STRIP: "SAFE and green Sensor Technologies for self-explaining and forgiving Road Interactive aPplications"


Safe Strip aims to introduce a disruptive technology that will achieve to embed C-ITS applications in existing road infrastructure, including novel I2V and V2I, as well as Variable Message Signals and Variable Speed Limit functions into low-cost, integrated strip markers on the road; to make roads self-explanatory (with personalized in-vehicle messages) and forgiving (due to advanced cooperative functions) for all road users (trucks, cars and vulnerable road users, such as Powered Two Wheels riders) and all vehicle generations (non-equipped, C-ITS equipped, autonomous), with reduced maintenance cost, full recyclability and added value services, as well as supporting real-time predictive road maintenance functions.


Biobuilding diversity, bioclimatic architecture, sustainable rehabilitation and its application in natural areas


The BIOURB NATUR project is mainly aimed to extend the use of bio-building solutions in energetic and constructive rehabilitations of non-residential buildings in natural areas, to train the cross-border construction sector in the new opportunities of sustainable building, to promote energy and environmental sustainability in buildings as a technical-scientific tourist attraction in natural areas and to reactivate the use of buildings in these cross-border natural areas.

Cidaut is a technology partner in this project.
Funded by the European Commission - Cross-Border Cooperation Programme.




Valorization of compost and other waste from the organic fraction of municipal waste


Project VALORCOMP aims to contribute cooperatively to solve cross-border problems in the valorisation of waste generated in the treatment of the organic fraction of municipal solid waste. With this goal in mind, the project will make it possible to find innovative technological solutions to the valorisation of compost and other residues from the organic fraction of municipal solid waste. These solutions will be based on three vectors: thermochemical valorisation, application in the production of materials and production of agronomic compounds.

CIDAUT is responsible for the thermochemical valorization as a technological partner.
Funded by the INTERREG V-A Spain-Portugal cooperation program (POCTEP) 2014-2020.


Novel integrated refurbishment solution as a key path towards creating eco-efficient and competitive furnaces


The overall objective of VULKANO project is to design, implement and validate an advanced retrofitting integrated solution to increase the energy and environmental efficiency in existing preheating and melting industrial furnaces currently fed with natural gas. This will be achieved through implementing combined new solutions based on high-temperature phase change materials (PCMs), new refractories, optimized co-firing, advanced monitoring and control systems and a holistic in-house predictive tool.

Some specific objectives are aimed at increase overall efficiency in 20% of two of the main types of furnaces a direct 27% of fuel saving, with a direct effect on pollutant emissions, a 15 ¿ 40% of reduction in fossil fuel consumption of natural gas by its substitution by an alternative fuel, development of a comprehensive optimization methodology applicable to pre-heating and melting furnaces and establish the basis for the market uptake of VULKANO tool through a strategic and business-oriented commercialization plan.

CIDAUT participates in the co-firing solution through the simulation and design of modified burners for the replacement of natural gas by biomass gasification gas.
Funded by European Union¿s Horizon 2020.




HYACINTH: Hydrogen Acceptance in the Transition Phase


The overall purpose of HYACINTH project is to gain a deeper understanding of the social acceptance of hydrogen technologies across Europe by combining specific qualitative and quantitative methods and samples of European citizens and stakeholders. HYACINTH aims to:

  • Identify and understand awareness and acceptance of hydrogen energy and HFC technologies and perceived potential benefits (added value) in the general public and at selected stakeholders, expected to be relevant to the implementation of HFC projects and activities in the transition phase (industry supplier, industry and private customer, administration and politics, interest groups and media),
  • Identify the main drivers of social awareness and acceptance of HFC technologies in order to provide recommendations on how and what to best communicate and engage general public and stakeholders involved in regional hydrogen energy and HFC projects and activities,
  • Support stakeholders (industry, project managers, policy makers¿) by providing a social acceptance research toolbox, enabling a regional understanding of the acceptance process and providing tools to manage expectations to keep or increase acceptance at selected stakeholder groups and the general public.

The HYACINTH consortium is composed by 11 main partners from 5 different European countries. It is well balanced mix of industrial representative (UoS and RCVT), opinion poll company (NORSTAT), Municipalities (ABERDEEN COUNCIL) and regional representative partners from five different countries (Spain, France, Slovenia, United Kingdom and Germany) with complementary competences and expertise and it is one of the points of strength of the project.

CIDAUT contributes to HYACINTH in managing the contextual analysis of the Hydrogen and FCH technologies and plays relevant role for the development of questionnaires and interviews to evaluate Hyacinth concept. Furthermore, CIDAUT has an active role in the understanding of public perceptions to hydrogen technologies as well as in the understanding influencing factors (technology, region, context, etc) to hydrogen and fuel cell technology awareness and acceptance by stakeholders.
This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU).


MOVBIO Project: promotion of energy valorisation of pruning biomass


MOVBIO will allow the valorization of existing biomass that currently neither has a defined utilization circuit nor energy use due to its special characteristics. In particular, MOVBIO will facilitate the energy valorization of pruning biomass of agricultural and urban origin (pruning biomass of parks and gardens) by means of the evaluation of the technical and economic feasibility of adaptations on the processes of pretreatment and thermal utilization. It is also intends to help strengthen the business model making it more sustainable through the efficient use of residual biomass and the promotion of business innovation.

Cidaut coordinates this Project Financed by the INTERREG V-A España-Portugal (POCTEP) program




ECO-GATE (European COrridors for natural GAs Transport Efficiency)


The European ECO-GATE project is one of the most ambitious in the conventional and renewable vehicular natural gas market with the deployment of infrastructures throughout the Atlantic and Mediterranean Corridors via new technologies and innovative solutions. These solutions are focused on supply logistic services, cleaner fuel composition, refueling infrastructure, vehicle and components manufacturers and operational process.

Cidaut is a technology partner in this project. Funded by the European Commission - CEF Transport Programme




REMAGHIC is focused on contributing to Europe¿s rare earth recovery and magnesium recycling technologies, improving the efficiencies of these processes and advancing the technology readiness levels for a new generation of industrial processes that will produce new low cost competitive REE+Mg alloys for a wide variety of sectors across Europe¿s manufacturing value chain. REMAGHIC believes that by investing in recovery and recycling technologies, a new alloying process can be developed to yield low cost Mg+REE alloys, using usually stockpiled REE such as Ce, La, Y, Gd or Sm, instead of the most demanded Ce or La.






The ReFreeDrive project is focused on avoiding the use of rare earth magnets through the development of a next generation of high performance electric drivetrains, ensuring the industrial feasibility for mass production while focusing on the low cost of the manufacturing technologies. This project will study and develop simultaneously two solutions for the power traction system of electrical vehicles: induction machine with fabricated and copper die-cast rotor (IM) and synchronous reluctance (SynRel) machine, exploring synergies between them.




NEOHIRE aims to reduce the use of rare earth elements (REE) and other critical raw materials (CRM)(Co, Ga) in the permanent magnets (PM) present in wind turbine generators (WTG) by exploring new concepts of bonded NdFeB magnets, WTG designs and CRM recycling techniques from PM wastes. In this way, NEOHIRE expects to reduce by 50% the EU external demand of REE and CRM for PM in WTG. NEOHIRE is a 3-year project that began in February 2017 with a budget over 4 million Euros.






STEEL S4 EV aims at putting high strength steels at the forefront of a new trend in electric vehicles: light 3 or 4-wheels vehicles that comply with restrictive crash regulations. Weld joint design and welding methodologies research to maintain the material properties in the weld area, assuring robustness and long term durability. Cost-effective manufacturing will be achieved by a modular and flexible design: a complex 3D skeleton frame of welded tubes, bent with high accuracy will enable the production of different vehicles sharing the same tooling.




The AVANGARD project addresses the integration of three processing units into an existing Microfactory test bed conceived to produce urban electric vehicles. The units are state-of-the-art multipurpose and multifunctional demonstrators on their own: robotized integration of laser cutting-shaping-welding for 3D components; supersonic deposition of metallic powders for high speed 3D printing; and large volume and high-speed 3D polymeric printing. AVANGARD pilot will be used for manufacturing I-Bikes, I-CARS and innovative battery packs.




MULTI-MOBY project


MULTI-MOBY is aiming at finalizing the development, manufacturing and deployment in the market of safe, efficient and affordable urban electric vehicles for passengers and light logistics. These vehicles will achieve the best-in-class safety for occupants and vulnerable road users (VRU). In addition, they will address issues of autonomous driving capabilities, highly efficient powertrains, robust fast-charging battery packs, predictive maintenance by applying artificial intelligence (AI) methodologies as well as flexible, agile and low-investment production based on micro-factory concept.


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