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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Thursday, 22 April, 2010
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Other Label: 
Agrupaciones Empresariales Innovadoras (AEI, Spanish cluster label from the Ministry of Industry)
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
ECCP Responsible Person
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Environmental Services
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Technology fields: 
Industrial Water Treatment
Municipal Water Treatment
S3 EU priority areas: 
Information service activities
Sustainable agriculture
Emerging industries: 
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Water efficiency for green buildings; water and energy efficiency solutions for insustry; smart irrigation; Smart monitoring solutions for water efficiency
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Universidad de Zaragoza
Escuela Universitaria Politécnica de La almunia
Parque Científico Tecnológico aula Dei
Research Organisation
Technology Center
Cluster Strategy

Zinnae, the Cluster for the efficient use of water,  works to offer solutions to water security challenges in order to build a sustainable and resilient future, working under the principles of the circular economy and intelligent society.

Our strategy is based on the following axis:

  • Working in four priority areas: Innovation; Business development; Public policies; Branding and leadership.
  • Improving the competitiveness of Aragonese entities, being the engine of green job creation.
  • Providing ideas and launching innovative projects to improve water cycle infrastructure; digital technologies for water services management; and the improvement of water resources governance.

ZINNAE Strategic Plan determines a four-year framework for the Cluster’s activities. ZINNAE Strategic Plan 2018 – 2021 is based on the following elements:

  • ZINNAE’s Target groups: Business (Large, SME); RTD Centers; Public administrations; Consumers.
  • Topics: Resilient Water infrastructures; Digital technology; Adaptative management and governance. t
  • Scope: Urban areas, Industry, Rural environment and water ecosystems.
Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 

ZINNAE gathers public and private entities of the water sector in Aragon Region (Spain). We facilitate public-private relationship to become an international collaboration, knowledge and innovation referent for an efficient and sustainable water use in urbanized areas as well as a driver of quality employment.

Our members...

Business entities, R&D Centers and public administration linked to water sector in Aragon (Spain). We also look for an active collaboration with other entities of the Ebro River Basin that participate in the water value chain in urban areas.

Benefits for our members…


We facilitate change of ideas to create oportunities for our members though:

  • Workshops and meetings
  • Facilitating relationship with public administrations
  • European contacts

R&D&I projects development

  • Boosting innovative ideas though developing collaborative R&D&I/pilot projects
  • Writing proposals and searching for public or private funding calls
  • Detecting Horizon 2020 opportunities

Collaborative business

We facilitate collaborative business adapted to clients and markets through different tools:

  • Cluster catalogue of products and services
  • Commercial actions
  • Public tenders
  • Public procurement of innovation
  • Design of New products and services for specific challenges of the urban water cycle


  • Our cluster is recognized by the Smart Specialization Strategy of Aragon region in Spain (RIS3), that works together with other research driven clusters hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Zaragoza
  • ZINNAE is registered by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism of Spain as an innovative association.
  • We disseminate our activities through social networks (linkedIn, Twitter)
  • We participate in the European Innovation Partnership on Water though two Action Groups.

Addicional services

We are offering our members specific services adapted to their own needs.

  • Writing proposals to funding calls
  • Commercial actions in water sector Fairs
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Czech Republic
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
The Water Cluster
Ea Ecoentreprises
Water Alliance
Balticnet Plasmatec
Centro Habitat
Aragon Food Cluster
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)
  • H2020-INNOSUP-01-2017 

We are part of H2020-INNOSUP-01-2017 VIDA project (nº 777795), starting 2018 until 2021, that aims to support SME innovation through funding instruments to increase water-energy efficiency in agrofood areas through KETs. Total budget available for SME: 3.3 M €.

  • COSME - Clusters Go International (ESCP - 4i). Energy in Water

Energy in Water (EnW) is a European Strategic Cluster Partnership - Going International (ESCP-4i) which aims to identify potential market opportunities across the water-energy Nexus and support the internationalisation of SMEs within and beyond Europe. Seven research-driven clusters across the EU specialising in water and energy technology and innovation participate in the ESCP-4i: The Water Cluster (UK), Water Alliance (Netherlands), Clean (Denmark), ZINNAE (Spain), AVAESEN (Spain), CD2E (France) and Ea Ecoentreprises (France). 

Find out more and get involved @

Energy in Water (EnW) project has received funding from the European Union’s COSME Programme (2014-2020), Grant No. 689428

[email protected] is a FP7 project financed by "Regions of Knowledge" call of the European Union under Grant Agreement nº 32007. This project aims to develop a a network of regions that will set guidelines allowing to prioritize public financing of RDI in the use and efficient management of the water in urban environments.It started in 2013 and will last until June 2016, although the vocation of its members is to continue through several activities for soft-landing innovation services for its members. The European Commission has provided more than two million euros [email protected] project: European Water Efficiency in European Urban Areas, which will run for three years with the participation of a network of regions: Aragon, in Spain; Provence-Alpes - Côte dAzur, in France; the East of England, in the United Kingdom; Eastern Galilee, in Israel, and Malta. More information at

  • Agrupaciones Empresariales Innovadoras (Spanish Ministry for Industry)

The programme for Support Innovative business associations and clusters from the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism (MINETUR) started in 2007 and participates in the european strategy for competitiveness support through innovative clusters creation and development. ZINNAE participates in the funding scheme from the programme since 2011. The list of funded projects are on the website, and have been focused in different water consumption areas towards resource efficiency schemes:

  1. Zero Park (2011)
  2. Urban Hidrogeology (2011)
  3. Renewal plan for water devices in Buildings (2012)
  4. Sustainable water management in non-technified areas (2014)
  5. Smart monitoring of CSO (2014)
  6. Test bench for water saving devices (2014)
  7. Fit-Water: anaerobic waste water treatment optimization for porcine industry (2015)
  8. SIGMA-R. Integral water management for rural areas (2015)
Success Story / Achievements: 

In December 2019 we collaborate in the organization of the Water Innovation Conference.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

ZINNAE is the aragonese water cluster. Resource efficiency (water and energy) is a key regional priority included in the Smart Specialization Strategy (one of the three priority areas). In terms of economic development, other priority areas for aragon are agriculture and logistics. Water is essential for both. One million people live in our Region. Most of them, concentrated in Zaragoza, a city of 700,000 inhabitants, often used as a medium-sized city laboratory for market analysis. In Zaragoza, there is one of the largest eco-districts in europe, a sustainable neighbourhood of 9,000 houses with bioclimatic, water efficiency, lightening and irrigation approaches for urban sustainability: Ecociudad Zaragoza. Beyond Zaragoza, Aragon is mostly rural, with 75% of the municipalities having less than 500 inhabitants. Agriculture represents up to 10% of the gross regional product. With extreme weather conditions (and a pluvioumetry of 200 mm a year in some areas), aragonese farmers are devoted to efficient irrigation in terms of water and energy. 

ZINNAE's business members are within the whole water value chain, including water industry technology providers, enginering services, water utilities (also international companies with offices in Aragon); and bath plumbing manufacturer. Together they represent more than 30% of the water sector of Aragon and up to 136 Million € turnover. ZINNAE was born as a enabler of collaboration for innovation among the water stakeholders regionally, and beyond, specially through European funding schemes. Since 2014 we have an alliance with Centro de Competencias del Agua, the water cluster of Peru based in Lima for collaborative projects that support both the peruvian and spanish water performance. We are specially devoted to support our SME for competitiveness of our economy, our researchers and our Region. 

With a team of two people and a huge network of European contacts, we are an ambitious association that supports the internationalisation and innovation approaches for smart water and energy management in urban, rural, industry and agriculture practices.