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Technologies for Efficiency Digital Innovation Hub Extremadura (T4E DIH) Nodo de Innovación Digital Tecnologías para la Eficiencia

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Fundecyt Science and Technology Park of Extremadura

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Avenida de la Investigación, s/n. 06006 Badajoz, 06006, Badajoz (Spain)


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The Digital Innovation Hub Technologies for Efficiency (T4E DIH) is a physical and virtual space in which actions and services of the different agents of Extremadura are concentrated for the development and improvement of products and productive and business processes, through the use of technology.
T4E DIH is a networking initiative without formal structure, non-profit in whose germ the Public-Private Foundation Fundecyt Science and Technology Park Extremadura ( We work directly on the field supporting the Science, Technology and Innovation System of Extremadura with a focus on the new trends and digital strategies that are being developed in Europe. To do so, we offer the following services aimed at the Innovation System, companies present at the Ecosystem and entrepreneurs to help them in the transition towards digitalization. We work very closed with digital competence centers as the Foundation Cenits-Computaex (,  CETA-CIEMAT ( ) University of Extremadura ( and key players in our region such as the Association of Information and Communication Technologies Companies in Extremadura, (

T4E DIH is framed in the Initiative for the Digitization of European Industry (

Challenges and services of T4E DIH

The catalogue of services of T4E DIH responds to the following challenges: Efficiency concept  is a key factor for competitiveness in the four areas that shape the technological orientation challenges for Extremadura's DIH: Energy, Ecology (environmental), Equality, Economy. 

  • Energy Challenge : energy efficiency, as the main source of cost reduction facing the industry, and which also represents an important contribution to reducing the carbon footprint of production and, thereby, reducing its impact on the environment. In the same way, the integration of productive systems with energy generation systems, following circular economy models, is key for the translation of productive projects to countries with low quality of energy supply.

Technological solutions: new sources of energy, monitoring of energy expenditure, power electronics, energy storage, distributed energy models, are some examples of specific technical challenges that are included in this field. Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks). Robotics and autonomous systems.High Perfortmance Computing (HPC) 

  • Ecology Challenge (Environmental): the environment is considered by the current economists as the fourth factor of production. Consciousness of the limit in the use of resources supposes a restriction, more and more generalized, to industrial development and that changes the paradigm of productivity, typical of an oil-based economy, by a new paradigm, that of sustainability, owner of a new economic model that looks for renewable sources and that tries to optimize the biological and biotechnological processes for industrial uses. At present, the lack of productivity of biological resources and processes is the main challenge facing science and technology, leading to a progressive process of transition from an economy of fossil sources to a bio-economy.Traceability, the reduction of distribution chains and the reduction of transport needs and, above all, the hybridization between computer and electronic technologies with the life sciences, giving rise to so-called "omics" as enabling technologies Key (KETs, by its abbreviations in English, Key Enabling Technologies) that will probably provide the main disruptive innovations of the next years, are challenges and technological domains that must be present in the offer of services of the Hub.

Technological solutions: Technologies for efficiency in agriculture (high precision farming, drones or UAVs, irrigation systems by telemetry, automatized meteorological stations); technologies for efficiency in livestock etc..

  • Equality Challenge : the concept of equality, or equity, refers to the social dimension of economic activity, and is a gap that is becoming increasingly large between the North and the South, even within the developed societies, giving rise to some of the most pressing problems, such as migration processes, or demographic imbalances. The development of products for the Base of the Pyramid, that is, for that large percentage of the population that lives on less than two dollars a day, integrated solutions for the socio-economic development of the communities, or the use of technology with a source of rights , and services that improve the quality of life of the population, as well as the improvement of productive processes that facilitate the reconciliation of personal and professional life or skilled work from rural areas, are challenges to which digitization can contribute.

Technological solutions : Platform for responsible production and consumption; technologies for distribution and sales; technologies to improve health; work flexibility, teleworking and e-learning; robotic assistance systems

  • Economy Challenge : in the sense of "economy class" or "low cost" are tendencies that require efforts of efficiency in the use of resources, or in the redesign of processes so that competitiveness does not depend on the low cost of labour or environmentally unsustainable processes. European industry faces these market trends, and competition from countries with lower quality, environmental or labor standards; one option is to leave these market segments, but without them it will be difficult to converge with 20% of industrial GDP, the reindustrialization of Europe also means making companies that operate in traditional sectors where prices make a difference competitive, without the best alternative being the delocalisation of production and the focus on services, both design and development and marketing, because these activities are also less inclusive in terms of employment than productive activities.

Technological solutions Process reengineering, lean manufacturing, industry 4.0. applied to value chains, the reduction of intermediaries, the robotization of processes, the generation of large economies of scale through industrial symbiosis, competitive intelligence are some of the keys to improving efficiency in business processes that facilitate competitiveness in markets with reduced margins.Industrial robots; automatized warehouses and inventory management systems;digital manufacturing techniques, new manufacturing processes; lean manufacturing, energy saving systems in industry; energy storage systems; hybrid and electric vehicles;new materials; virtual and augmented reality

El Nodo de Innovación Digital Tecnologías para la Eficiencia (T4E DIH, por sus siglas en inglés, Technologies for Efficiency Digital Innovation Hub) es un espacio físico y virtual en el que se concentran acciones y servicios de los diferentes agentes de Extremadura para el desarrollo y mejora de productos y procesos productivos y de negocio, a través del uso de la tecnología.

T4E DIH es una iniciativa sin fin de lucro en cuyo germen participan la Fundación Fundecyt Parque Científico y Tecnológico de Extremadura y la Asociación Empresarial Extremeña de Tecnologías de la Información y la Comunicación, AEXTIC.

Entre sus últimas actividades puede señalarse la participación en el proyecto DigitaliseSME (Habilitadores Digitales en PYMEs: Apoyo a la Digitalización para Mejorar la Capacidad de las PYMEs de cara a Internacionalizarse e Innovar)

DigitalizeSMEs es una “Acción Preparatoria” presentada por un consorcio de Digital Innovation Hubs en Europa en el que T4E DIH está representado por parte de Fundecyt-pctex.

Esta acción ha sido solicitada por el Parlamento Europeo a la Comisión, lo que significa que los resultados del proyecto podrían servir de base para desarrollar un programa más amplio dentro la Unión Europea. 

Desafíos de T4E DIH

El concepto Eficiencia es un factor clave de competitividad en los cuatro ámbitos que configuran los retos de orientación tecnológica que deseamos para el DIH extremeño:

  • Energy: eficiencia energética, como principal fuente de reducción de costes a la que se enfrenta la industria, y que además supone una importante contribución a reducir la huella de carbono de la producción y, con ello, a la reducción de su impacto sobre el medio ambiente. Del mismo modo, la integración de sistemas productivos con sistemas de generación de energía, siguiendo modelos de economía circular, resulta clave para la traslación de proyectos productivos a países con baja calidad del suministro energético.

Nuevas fuentes de energía, monitorización del gasto energético, electrónica de potencia, almacenamiento de energía, modelos energéticos distribuidos, son algunos ejemplos de retos tecnológicos concretos que se engloban en este ámbito.


  • Ecology (Environmental): el medio ambiente es considerado por los economistas actuales como el cuarto factor de producción. La consciencia de límite en el uso de los recursos supone una restricción, cada vez más generalizada, al desarrollo industrial y que cambia el paradigma de la productividad, propio de una economía basada en el petróleo, por un nuevo paradigma, el de la sostenibilidad, propio de un nuevo modelo económico que busca fuentes renovables y que trata de optimizar los procesos biológicos y biotecnológicos para usos industriales.

En estos momentos, la falta de productividad de los recursos y procesos biológicos es el principal reto al que se enfrenta la ciencia y la tecnología, dando lugar a un progresivo proceso de transición de una economía de fuentes fósiles a una bioeconomía.

La trazabilidad, la reducción de las cadenas de distribución y la reducción de las necesidades de transporte y, sobre todo, la hibridación entre tecnologías de la computación y electrónica con las ciencias de la vida, dando lugar a las llamadas “ómicas” como Tecnologías Facilitadoras Clave (KETs, por sus siglas en inglés, Key Enabling Technologies) que proporcionarán probablemente las principales innovaciones disruptivas de los próximos años, son retos y dominios tecnológicos que deben estar presentes en la oferta de servicios del Hub.


  • Equality: el concepto de igualdad, o de equidad, hace referencia a la dimensión social de la actividad económica, y constituye una brecha que se hace cada vez más grande entre el Norte y el Sur, en incluso en el seno de las sociedades desarrolladas, dando lugar a alguno de los problemas más acuciantes, como los procesos migratorios, o los desequilibrios demográficos.  

El desarrollo productos para la Base de la Pirámide, es decir para ese gran porcentaje de la población que vive con menos de dos dólares al día, soluciones integrales para el desarrollo socio económico de las comunidades,  o el uso de la tecnología con fuente de derechos, y de servicios que mejoren la calidad de vida de la población, así como la mejora de procesos productivos que faciliten la conciliación de la vida personal y profesional o el trabajo cualificado desde las zonas rurales, son retos a los que la digitalización puede contribuir.


  • Economy: en el sentido de “clase economy” o “low cost” son tendencias que requieren de esfuerzos de eficiencia en el uso de los recursos, o en el rediseño de procesos para que la competitividad no dependa del bajo coste de mano de obra, o de procesos poco sostenibles ambientalmente.

La industria europea se enfrenta a estas tendencias de mercado, y a la competencia de países con menores estándares de calidad, ambientales o laborales; una opción es salir de esos segmentos de mercado, pero sin ellos será difícil converger con el 20% del PIB industrial, la reindustrialización de Europa pasa también por hacer competitivas a las empresas que operan en sectores tradicionales en los que el precio marca la diferencia, sin que la mejor alternativa sea la deslocalización de la producción y el foco en los servicios, tanto de diseño y desarrollo como de comercialización, porque además estas actividades son menos inclusivas en términos de empleo que las actividades productivas.

La reingeniería de procesos, el lean manufacturing, la industria 4.0. aplicada a las cadenas de valor, la reducción de intermediarios, la robotización de procesos, la generación de grandes economías de escala mediante la simbiosis industrial, la inteligencia competitiva son algunas de las claves de mejora de la eficiencia en procesos de negocio que facilitan la competitividad en mercados con márgenes reducidos.

T4E DIH provides services from two main locations, in the cities of Cáceres and Badajoz and also covers the demands in rural areas from Plasencia and Zafra. 

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

T4E DIH is framed in and inspired by  the Digitising European Industry Initiative (DEI)

At the regional level, T4E DIH is based on the Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation, RIS3 Extremadura ( in the development of its strategic line LE.4. An impulse of Industrialization.

T4E DIH has also recently participated in the regional dynamization in Extremadura providing support to the Regional Government of Extremadura of the Spanish National Initiative "Connected Industry 4.0".


Among its latest activities, it can be pointed out the participation in the project DigitaliseSME (Digital Enablers in SMEs: Support for Digitalisation to Improve the Capacity of SMEs in order to Internationalize and Innovate):

DigitalizeSMEs is a "Preparatory Action" presented by a consortium of Digital Innovation Hubs in Europe in which T4E DIH is represented by Fundecyt-Pctex.
This action has been requested by the European Parliament to the Commission, which means that the results of the project could serve as a basis to develop a broader program within the European Union.


Fundecyt-Pctex, as coordinator of T4E DIH, has taken part in the related H2020 and FP7 projects

Greenin: H2020-INNOSUP5-2018

ActiScale-up: COS-EEN-SGA-16-B-07-2016-1

GIDDB: H2020-INNOSUP-2014-5

NETIM: H2020-INNOSUP-2014-5

INNOV-ACTIS: H2020-Adhoc-2014-20

Responsible ICT Network: CIP-ICT PSP





SABER (Satellite Broadband for European Regions): ICT PSP

MOREBRAIN (From brain drain to brain gain): FP7-PEOPLE-2007-5-3-ERAMORE

DEN4DEK (Digital Ecosystems Network of regions for DissEmination and Knowledge deployment): CIP-ICT-PSP-2007-1


EDGES (Enabling desktop grids for e-science): FP7 – CAPACITIES

Out of RTD programs is remarkable the presence in DE-LAN project (Digital Ecosystems - Learning Applications Network): Interreg IV C

The rest of the partners in T4E DIH initiative have also experience in RTD European projects. 

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Agriculture, hunting and forestry
  • Electricity, gas and water supply
  • Transport, storage and communication
  • Public administration and defence
  • Education
  • Health and social work
  • Other community, social and personal service activities (media, entertainment, etc.)
  • Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
  • Manufacture of wood and wood products
  • Other Manufacturing
  • Other markets

TRL Focus

  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
  • TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Voice of the customer, product consortia
  • Market intelligence
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Mentoring
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Promotion and dinamization of a project for the digital transformation of the wine industry

Name of the Project: "Digitalized Vitiviniculture Industry as a tractor of an Agrifood Industry in Extremadura 4.0 more flexible, efficient, sustainable and competitive" - VIDI 4.0

Client Profile: 

Innovative Business Cluster of Energy in Extremadura

Client Needs: 

Implementation of a Demostrative pilot of energy efficiency in the industry of wine production

Provided solution to meet needs: 

Advise and funding search for the implementation of a project for the analysis of the production process of a selection of companies in the wine industry: energy characterization and proposal of energy management models based on digitization. Análisis en detalle de los procesos productivos seleccionados en la industria vitivinícola elegida para el proyecto de demostración, caracterizándolos energéticamente y promoviendo nuevos modelos de gestión energética en el sector vitivinícola que permitan un proceso productivo más flexible, con una mayor eficiencia de los recursos y más competitivo

More details:

Advice and search of funds for the implementation of a connection system of productive areas


Client profile

Acenorca is an Olive company located in Montehermoso,  north of the Cáceres province (Extremadura, Spain) with over 25 years in packaging and selling table olives. It is supplied by 20 olive cooperatives from the area. The current factory has capacity to transform 25 million of kilos of olives.

Client needs

Integrate all the production units to have a better management units. At this moment the factory is composed by "isles", each of them with their own monitoring and management system. The company want to connect all these production isles to have a common management system for the whole factory. In a second phase, it will be connected to the rest of factories of the group in order to be more efficient at the production level as well as more responsive to clients' needs.

Provided solution to meet the needs

Identification of financial support and technology providers to define and implement a project of "Industry 4.0"
Bellow the resolution of the public financial grant for the implementation of the project Acenorca AC-WILES 4.0

More details:

Testing Development

Client Profile

Research Group in Food Technology and Quality in a University

Client Needs

Test development with food product in open and closed container

Provided solution to meet the needs

Development of a proof of concept to evaluate the useful life of different food products through the technology of one of the SME providers (hosted in the Research and Technology Park): colour analysis, microbiology, humidity, oxidation and electrical response.

Contact Details:

Contact Person: Javier Ramos


Address: Extremadura Science & Technology Park, Av. de Elvas, 06006 Badajoz

Tlf.: 924 28 97 08



Organizational form

Networked organization, without formal structure



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



  • Horizon 2020
  • European Social Fund
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • Private funding


Number of customers annually


Type of customers

  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals
  • Research organisations


Camara de comercio de Badajoz

Partner Type

Chamber of Commerce


Enterprise Europe Network

Partner Type


International Association of Technology Parks

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization

European Regions Research and Innovation Network

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization


Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization


Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization

Association of Information and Communication Technologies Companies in Extremadura

Partner Type

Industry association



Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization


junta de Extremadura

Partner Type

Regional government



Partner Type

Industry association


Camara de Comercio De Cáceres

Partner Type

Chamber of Commerce


Fundación Computación y Tecnologías Avanzadas de Extremadura

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization


Centro Extremeño de Tecnologías Avanzadas (CETA-Ciemat)

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization


Technological competences

  • Broadband and other communication networks (e.g. 5G)
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
  • Cyber security (including biometrics)
  • Advanced or High performance computing
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Cloud computing
  • ICT management, logistics and business systems
  • Internet services (e.g. web development, web production, design, networking, and e-commerce)
  • New Media technologies
  • Other
Last updated: 04/06/19 17:57