Center of New Water Technologies Foundation (CENTA)

The Center of New Water Technologies Foundation (CENTA) occupies a prominent role in the water sector, promoting better management of water resources. With a history research and business backed by more than fifteen years of experience in the field of purification and wastewater treatment on a small scale, the CENTA Foundation is a platform for technology transfer and knowledge in all matters relating to water management. The Foundation operates through three areas: Research and Development, International Cooperation and Development of Society and Environment.

Company details

Centro Experimental de I D i, Autovia Sevilla - Huelva (A-49), KM28 , Carrion de los Cespedes , Sevilla 41820 Spain

Locations Served

Business Type:
Research institute
Industry Type:
Water and Wastewater
Market Focus:
Internationally (various countries)
Year Founded:

The Fundación Centro de las Nuevas Tecnologías del Agua (CENTA) currently plays a major role in the water sector, performing diverse functions and tasks aimed at promoting better management of water resources with an innovative, sustainable and supportive approach.
CENTA has fifteen years’ experience as a research centre in the field of waste water treatment for small communities, rural areas and decentralised treatment. It has become an indisputable reference point in the field at international level. As an official Research Institute, it also acts as a platform for technology and knowledge transfer, acting as a social catalyst through its international cooperation and environmental awareness raising programmes.

This Foundation carries out its R&D&I activities around two main areas:

  • Research, development and technology validation for water treatment.
  • New tools for the integrated management of river basins.

These areas focus their activities on three axes:

  • Running research, development and innovation projects
  • Technical observatory on water purification and reuse, and
  • Management of the Carrión de los Céspedes Experimental Plant (CCEP).

The CCEP is a publicly-owned Singular Scientific and Technical Infrastructure, at the service of innovation and progress in the field of water. This experimental centre, the only one of its kind in the world, has a surface area of 41,000 m2 dedicated to R&D&I. Currently, it houses over 20 experimental systems using different technologies, which are being used for research and innovation projects as well as for the approval and validation of equipment and processes. To perform these activities, collaboration agreements have been signed with companies, universities and other research centres.

Maximum acknowledgment for its work was granted to this centre by the United Nations Office of the International Decade for Action “Water for Life”, which in 2008 declared the Carrión de los Céspedes Experimental Plant a World Reference Centre in the field of Water Treatment.

CENTA’s main characteristic is that both public and private sectors work together on a basic project in which the local dimension is projected internationally. State of the art technologies and extensive water treatment coexist in the same experimental space and all the work on access to drinking water is supplemented by the implementation of adequate basic sanitation systems.