• Integral Water Cycle

Misiones SOS Agua

This project aims to investigate technological solutions that allow for the development of management and efficient treatment strategies for water resources in the agricultural sector, with a primary focus on sustainability and energy efficiency.

This initiative explores new technologies for digitizing the agricultural world to apply to urban green areas, based on efficiency and sustainability, ensuring more efficient consumption of water resources, as well as studying solutions that guarantee the availability of quality regenerated water.

All of this will increase the quality and quantity of water resources and adapt the agricultural sector to combat the progressive scarcity of conventional water resources and the effects of climate change.

  • Sustainability
  • Farming
  • Infrastructures

Materials' passport

This project aims to establish a methodology for the traceability of materials used in the construction phase through blockchain technology.

De esta forma, genera un pasaporte digital, añadiendo información que garantice la sostenibilidad y circularidad de los materiales utilizados. Gracias a la tecnología blockchain, todos los agentes pueden compartir datos y trabajar colaborativamente en tiempo real. 

Al introducir un código de trazabilidad o escanear el código QR asociado se muestra toda la información del material destacando los datos relacionados con origen y características del material, sostenibilidad, impacto ambiental y circularidad. 

  • Sustainability
  • Environmental impact
  • P3 Projects

Hospital cognitivo

The Cognitive Hospital project aims to develop an intelligent platform based on innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), advanced algorithms, BIM, Big Data, etc.

Its development and implementation will optimize the processes of design, construction, operation, and maintenance, improve energy efficiency and air quality of hospital assets, as well as reduce the environmental footprint associated with the infrastructure both during construction and operation phases.

This project represents a new milestone in public-private collaboration, a cornerstone of Sacyr's business model, as it maximizes the value proposition to the client and goes beyond mere contractual requirements by bringing together the best internal and external talent.

It is co-financed by the local Operational Program of the Community of Madrid European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the 2021-2027 period.

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Hospitals
  • P3 Projects

Battery recycling

The Baterurgia project, "research on advanced recycling technologies for obtaining strategic metals from electric vehicle batteries,"

Aims to address the challenges posed by the recycling of lithium-ion batteries and provide solutions to the problems arising from the recovery and selective separation of critical metals they contain (lithium, cobalt, nickel, manganese).
The main objective of the project is to facilitate their use in the manufacture of new batteries or to replace conventional raw materials in other industrial production sectors, as a more sustainable alternative.

  • Batteries
  • Vehicle mobility
  • Integral Water Cycle

Life Hyreward

This project, funded by the European LIFE program, aims to increase the sustainability of the desalination process.

Its purpose is to explore the generation of renewable electrical energy from the brine resulting from desalination, with the goal of improving the energy efficiency of the process.

It involves evaluating a new, more sustainable desalination process that combines reverse osmosis with reverse electrodialysis. Integrating this process with conventional technology improves energy efficiency by recovering electrical energy from the brine obtained prior to its discharge into the sea, thereby reducing CO2 emissions.

  • Sustainability
  • Water
  • Desalination
  • Spain
  • Sacyr Conservación


This Sacyr Maintenance-led project consists of designing an autonomous system for handling traffic cones on roads to carry out lane cutting operations without human intervention.

The ultimate goal is to develop a device with industrial robotic technology and precise positioning for, on one hand, proper lane signaling and, on the other hand, automated cone placement/removal, ensuring total safety during the operation. Additionally, this project transforms safety standards on our roads and helps to avoid the presence of vulnerable users, a major priority within Sacyr.

Project funded by the Center for Technological Development and Innovation (CDTI), a Public Business Entity under the Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Universities.

  • Roads
  • Seguridad vial
  • Sacyr

Natural capital valuation

At Sacyr, the protection of the natural environment is a priority in all projects.

The biggest environmental challenges we face today is the loss of biodiversity and natural habitats as a consequence of unsustainable growth. It is crucial to find transformation possibilities that allow progress and improvement of collective well-being, while simultaneously regenerating natural resources, increasing climate resilience, and restoring ecological systems.

The main objective of this project is to understand the impact of our works on the environment. Thanks to this platform, we will be able to optimize compensation measures based on the impacts caused, something that was previously done in a very manual way. All of this will enable us to achieve a net debt with nature in an automatic, scalable, and efficient manner.

  • Environment
  • Environmental impact
  • P3 Projects

Predictive Company

Through this pilot project on energy efficiency, implemented at the Moncloa Transport Hub in Madrid, artificial intelligence is used to connect internal building data with other external variables, thereby creating its digital twin.

This enables precise prediction of its energy needs for autonomous and optimized operation of HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems.

Among the main objectives of the project is to develop a solution capable of automatically executing recommendations in the HVAC control system. This requires a connection that allows sending commands from remote equipment to the controller.

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Energy efficiency
  • Automation
  • P3 Projects

Sustainable energy production

This project aims to install ultra-thin and organic photovoltaic modules.

The pilot has been developed on the suitable rooftops of the Moncloa Transport Hub in Madrid, managed by Sacyr, where 96 photovoltaic modules for self-consumption have been installed, with less than 10g of CO2 per kWh. Thanks to this technology, Sacyr is able to utilize the available suitable spaces of the Interchange with the latest technological advancements in green electricity generation, in order to evaluate their possible application in other infrastructures and make them self-sufficient.

  • Sustainability
  • Solar Energy
  • Sacyr Conservación

InRoad Evolution

This project aims to continuously evaluate the main indicators of road conditions that can impact user safety, using equipment with advanced sensors and artificial intelligence models.

Through this project, 11 monitoring units are implemented and deployed along the approximately 5,500 km of roads maintained by Sacyr Maintenance. Among them, more than 2,250 km belong to routes of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T Network).

Inroad Evolution is financed under the "Program to Support Sustainable and Digital Transport," related to safety in road operation and maintenance (NextGen Funds) by the Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility.

  • Roads
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Seguridad vial
  • Sacyr

Center for Innovation for the Circular Economy

Sacyr manages a portion of the activities of the Center for Innovation for the Circular Economy in Madrid, whose creation has been promoted by the City Council.

The main objective of the Center for Innovation for the Circular Economy (CIEC, in Spanish) is to create a reference ecosystem of companies in innovation and experimentation of solutions according to the principles of the circular economy.

This project positions Sacyr as a key partner of the Madrid City Council in the field of the circular economy. Furthermore, it strengthens our commitment to sustainability and innovation, attracts talent, and places Sacyr within the ecosystem of companies.

Sacyr designs and coordinates the digital manufacturing laboratory, Fablab. It is a laboratory that promotes creativity through digital manufacturing tools. Fablabs help entrepreneurs prototype their ideas. In this case, it incorporates the circular economy into its basic principles and allows entrepreneurs and their prototypes to connect with the CIEC ecosystem of companies and their involvement in the economic development of Madrid.

  • Circular economy
  • economic development

New materials that revolutionize construction

eFIB is a project that seeks to optimize construction processes and design of structural elements using fiber-reinforced concrete to replace conventional reinforcement

The use of fiber reinforced concrete has increased in the last 5 years thanks to its acceptance as a structural material in several of the regulations that govern structural concrete at national and international level. However, its vision as a material has been limited to typologies in which the material works mainly in compression or low tensile stresses, avoiding applications in which the tensile stresses are high (slabs of floors, for example).
The general objective of this project is to develop a new slab system using high performance fibre reinforced concrete (HRF) without traditional reinforcement, leading to an increase in sustainability from an economic, environmental and social point of view.


  • Sustainability
  • Concrete
  • Environment

Desaldron, the latest underwater explorer

This sophisticated drone helps us improve efficiency at desalination and water treatment plants


This underwater drone is intended for research, environmental impact studies, inspection, and maintenance in aquatic areas. The desaldron is equipped with a 1080p camera optimized for the underwater environment, side scan sonar, multiparameter probe, sampler, and GPS positioner.

The main advantages of this drone are speed, efficiency, and safety. The desaldron can perform inspection and surveillance tasks, sampling, water parameter mapping, environmental studies, bathymetry, and other marine surveys. In addition, it can perform underwater work, preventing people (divers) from descending manually to outfalls, immisaries, or the seabed.

  • Drones
  • Energy efficiency
  • Security
  • Environment
  • Sea rise
  • Spain

Deseacrop: Desalination of seawater for agriculture

This project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of sustainable management of desalinated seawater for crop production in closed soilless systems.

Deseacrop: Desalination of seawater for agriculture

Wastewater from agricultural irrigation has a high nutrient content that seeps into aquifers and can cause problems of contamination of water bodies.
At Sacyr, we have launched a project for the reuse of agricultural drainage water, the Deseacrop project (Desalinated seawater for alternative and sustainable soilless crop production). 

Thanks to the development of this European Life project, we have demonstrated that desalinated water is not only be better when mixed with groundwater, but also increases crop yields and crop quality. In addition, as a novelty, we have treated the irrigation drainage water (approximately 30% of the initial irrigation) by reverse osmosis desalination so that it can be reused for irrigation. In addition, drainage treatment at the desalination plant is carried out 100% with photovoltaic solar energy.



  • Water
  • Crops
  • Farming
  • Sea rise

Anticipation of the geotechnical behaviour of the ground

This initiative aims to respond to the challenge launched in Sacyr iChallenges 2020 to find solutions to anticipate the behavior of the terrain in our infrastructure projects.

The analysis of the materials and parameters that affect the behavior of the ground is a complex task; the difficult access to the areas of interest or the large extension of these areas makes it even more complicated to obtain quality information that allows us to anticipate geotechnical behavior.

The project seeks to understand which variables are key to ground movement, how millimetric changes can be detected using satellite technology, and combine both learnings into a set of maps and predictive models of the infrastructure area that allow us to anticipate and set up warnings. Early detection of a potential problem can allow us to make a better decision and anticipate the necessary actions or resources.

This project, which puts AI at the service of infrastructure control, offers advantages such as:

  • Greater security and reduction of incidents through the improvement of early warning systems.
  • Efficiency in operation and preventive maintenance
  • Increased cost-effectiveness due to reduced on-site control instrumentation costs
  • Improved information available on ground behavior in the design and construction stages.
  • Geothermal
  • Engineering

Sacyr Inroad: Big Data for predictive road maintenance

Sacyr Inroad is an artificial vision system for vehicles capable of analyzing road conditions in real time.

Sacyr Inroad

This initiative consists of the deployment of different sensors in a maintenance vehicle that allow the system to capture information from the environment and create models that predict the deviation of infrastructure condition indicators. The implementation of this system allows us to improve service quality, increase revenue and reduce costs.
Sacyr Inroad is an exclusive project in the market that represents our commitment to innovation and a different way of doing things. It is an initiative of which we are very proud, as it arises from collaboration with the innovative ecosystem, a fundamental value in the new digital era.

  • Big data

Sacyr Prediction Tool: artificial intelligence for safer roads

We created a predictive asphalt maintenance system powered by the latest technologies

This innovative tool uses machine learning and big data to predict with high accuracy the long-term deterioration of road pavement. We developed this project in collaboration with Tyris AI, the winning startup of the 2018 Sacyr Innovation Awards. The system is based on a machine learning module. Through a massive intake of data and sources on asphalt imperfections, this module modifies equations and calculations of pavement deterioration on roads.

Sacyr Prediction Tool

Has the capacity to run dozens of calculations simultaneously, issuing very accurate predictions of the long-term behavior of pavements and their possible deterioration, based on data on the use of the road itself, its construction, and environmental conditions such as weather. 

This project aims to provide greater safety throughout the life cycle of the road. Similarly, the tool aims to ensure that the operations and maintenance developed and applied are much more limited and have a high level of detail and effectiveness to correct each of the deteriorations.

All this translates into more efficient, more sustainable, and of course, safer roads; generating value for customers and users in the short and long term.

  • Roads
  • Big data
  • Machine learning

Aurora, smart lighting for a unique experience

Aurora is a cultural and technological multisensory experience on the emblematic building of Las Setas de Sevilla

Aurora is an immersive light and sound experience based on an intelligent system of sensors, cameras, and external variables processed in real-time on Las Setas de Sevilla, the largest wooden structure in the world.

This project, jointly developed by Sacyr and startup Skandal Technologies, uses the most innovative technologies, like IoT, advanced LED design, or image recognition software to create a new immersive lighting concept that makes a unique place out of this space. Aurora is managed through software that allows to remotely generate real-time configurations that combine design, data, lighting, sound, and the information captured by the sensors. 

We have created one of the greatest immersive shows in the world with this project. With Aurora, visitors can submerge in an everchanging landscape of light and sound that reinterprets contextual triggers and the parametric geometry of this striking building. All of it right at this site framed by the historical landscape of the center of Sevilla. 

Aurora is a living experience that stands out for its sustainability, and the fact that it changes with temperature, wind, by displaying natural patterns, as it interacts with the visitors in real-time, creating a unique experience.


  • Sustainability
  • Renewable energy
  • Solar Energy

Sacyr IOHNIC, the tunnel lighting system of the future

Sacyr IOHNIC is a linear tunnel lighting system, mostly bilateral, which allows maximum savings in electricity consumption and 100% uniformity of light.


At Sacyr, through our subsidiary Sacyr Concesiones, we have developed a patent for tunnel lighting using continuous LED strips to improve lighting in road tunnels and ensure the safety and comfort of road users. Thanks to the implementation of this technology, we can reduce electricity consumption by 66%, which means a reduction of 153 tons of CO2 per year, obtain 100% lighting homogeneity and regulate the equipment freely. 

This project presents an innovative tunnel lighting system based on LED technologies that has its field of application on the user and tends to respond not only to environmental issues, but also has a positive effect on citizens, ensuring their safety and improving their quality of life. 
The implementation of this pioneering solution has great advantages for the user in terms of safety and comfort. Thus, the system facilitates the adaptation to the pupil dilation rhythm, eliminates the flickering effect inside and allows to increase the light intensity.

  • Innovation
  • Tunnels
  • Security
  • Environment
  • illumination
  • Hydraulic infrastructures

Expansion works of the Panama Canal: the largest engineering piece of work in the 21st century

The third set of locks has opened a new interoceanic transit route, doubles current ship traffic, and complies with rigorous environmental standards

The expansion works on the Panama Canal have posed an engineering challenge for a long time. At Sacyr, we are passionate about challenges, and in 2016 we successfully finished building the third set of locks, a new maritime transit route that runs parallel to the pre-existing locks.


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Two two-kilometer platforms on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts 



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Construction for the future

The expansion of the Panama Canal is a colossal work from an economic standpoint as well. The Canal is a strategic route for international trade and at 6% of Panama’s GDP, is the country’s principal economic activity. With a total investment of almost 4,000 million euros, this project has yielded Panama up to 2,500 million euros per year and has generated 180 direct employment positions. 

Innovation at the service of engineering

We designed a unique kind of concrete in order to overcome the challenges that the area posed from the technical, orographic, geological, and climatic standpoints. We improved the formula to guarantee a lifecycle of at least 100 years. Chemical proof, this concrete can stand inner temperatures of up to 70ºC. We also worked on a pioneer earthquake protocol response model, designing a structure ready to respond to two kinds of seismic levels. 

An efficient and sustainable project

Right from the start, the expansion of the Canal has taken the environmental aspects into account. As the new set of locks is quicker to fill and empty, they consume 7% less water. The sluicegates have nine deposits that allow reusing water and save up to 60% of this precious resource. 

As for its atmospheric impact, we estimate that the third set of locks will help reduce more than 160 million tons of CO2 from the shipping sector in the next ten years. 

We also care about preserving the biodiversity of Gatun Lake, which the Canal traverses. Before beginning construction works, environmental specialists rescued and relocated all local fauna (such as turtles, caimans, sloths, and boa constrictors) to the adjacent San Lorenzo park. Furthermore, we reforested a surface area of 2,800 ha, planted close to 6 million trees, and carried out training, informative, and follow-up programs about the project with the local communities.

Rescue and relocation of local flora and fauna species

Right from the first clearing and dredging jobs, we established strict protocols to care for wild flora and fauna:
  • 4,500 rescued and relocated specimens 
  • 200 protected species 
  • 2800 ha of reforested surface
  • 5,8 million trees planted

Brief history of the Panama Canal

The Spanish were the first to promote the creation of a maritime route in Panama. In the 15th century, they opened the Camino de Cruces, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific coasts for the first time. In the 19th century, several expeditions took place in the isthmus, and the transoceanic railway was inaugurated, which was pivotal to the later construction of the Canal. In the early 20th century, the United States started looking into the Panama transoceanic route with a keen eye. A few days after the country obtained its independence, they won the concession for constructing the Canal from the French company Compagnie Universelle du Canal interocéanique de Panama. Construction works started in 1904 and ended in August 1914, going down in the history of engineering. 

  • Sacyr Infrastructures
  • Canal de Panamá
  • Tercer Juego de Esclusas
  • Panamá

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