Spain: Aragon
Marisa Fernandez
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About us

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. 
  • Scope: Urban areas, Industry, Rural environment and water ecosystems.
Established - 22 April 2010
Staff in the management team - 1-5

Cluster composition

  • 39
    Cluster Members
  • 19
  • 1
    Number of start-ups among SME's
  • 10
    Large Companies
  • 4
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 2
    Number of civil society members
  • 4
    Other Ecosystem Actors

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

ZINNAE and the Aragonese Regional Government launched in October 2018 the Thematic Area “Water Smart Territories” for industrial modernisation, together with Centre Val de Loire (France) and Friesland (The Netherlands) in the framework of the Smart Specialization Platform.

Legal form of the cluster organisation
Languages spoken
English Spanish
Link to the team description on the cluster organisation website
Other label
Agrupaciones Empresariales Innovadoras (AEI, Spanish cluster label from the Ministry of Industry)

Management team

Marisa Fernández
Cluster Manager
María Benito
ECCP Responsible Person

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities:E36 Water collection, treatment and supply - Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities:E37 Sewerage
Sectoral Industries (NACE 4 digit)
Water collection, treatment and supply:E3600 Water collection, treatment and supply - Sewerage:E3700 Sewerage
Cross-sectoral industries
Environmental Industries
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Technology fields
E\: Fixed constructions:Hydraulic engineering; foundations; soil-shifting - E\: Fixed constructions:Water supply; sewerage
S3 EU priority areas
Digital transformation:Cleaner environment & efficient energy networks and low energy computing - Sustainable innovation:Climate change - Sustainable innovation:Resource efficiency - Sustainable innovation:Sustainable agriculture - Sustainable innovation:Sustainable land & water use


Support services provided

Access to finance: Public funding
Facilitation of collaboration between members (within the cluster)
Facilitation of external collaboration (beyond cluster) such as matchmaking
Support of Research, Development and Innovation

Further information

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

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes

Name & description

  • Agrupaciones Empresariales Innovadoras (Spanish Ministry for Industry)

The programme for Support Innovative business associations and clusters from the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (MINCOTUR) started in 2007 and participates in the European strategy for competitiveness support through innovative clusters creation and development. ZINNAE participates in this funding scheme since 2011. The list of funded projects are on the website, and have been focused on different water consumption areas towards resource efficiency schemes. The projects funded during the last 5 years are:

  1. Fit-Water: anaerobic wastewater treatment optimization for porcine industry (2015)
  2. SIGMA-R. Integral water management for rural areas (2015)
  3. Service Design for discharge real-time control and alarms (2017)
  4. SENSODES. Critical Sensoring needs in water and wastewater treatment processes in the industry (2017)
  5. SMAG. Analytical software for municipal water infrastructures (2017)
  6. DIGICAT. Digitalization of Agroindustry to optimize water management (2017)
  7. INDRISK. Digital platform to improve water security in the industry (2018)
  8. PIVER. Prediction of the impact of industrial wastewater discharges on rivers (2020)
  9. OXI-TWIN. Development of a digital twin and a 4.0 platform for digitalising a water treatment plant (2020)
  10. REURAL. Digitisation and nanotechnologies in rural areas (2020)
  11. SMART PUMPING. Smart additive management system to improve pumping efficiency in closed circuits (2020)
  12. AIPIA. Water cycle modelling of a pulp and paper industry using artificial intelligence (2020)

Project name

  • 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 €. https://vidaproject.eu/

  • 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 @ www.energyinwater.eu

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 www.weateu.eu

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries


Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Czech Republic

Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

International support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

Connection to cluster organisation(s)

Profile name Location
France Water Team


Membership in cluster networks, meta clusters and national associations of clusters

Profile name Location Network type
Water Smart Territories

Upcoming events

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Latest news and documents

News Published: 30.04.2019
Launch of "Water Smart Territories" Thematic Area S3P - Collaborating regions EoI
News Published: 27.10.2017
INNO-DROP at Grow Your Region 2017
News Published: 15.09.2017
INNO-DROP will organize Peer learning webinars to share clusters experience at European funding Schemes
News Published: 28.06.2017
The European Consortium INNO-DROP learns from the Danish Cluster Model

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