Project facts

Duration: 2018-01-01 - 2021-12-31
Project coordinator: Universidad de Cadiz
Project consortium: Polytechneio Kritis (GR), Universitaetmedizin der Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz (DE), Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (IT), Consorzio Interuniversitario perlo Sviluppo dei Sistemi a Grande Interfase (IT), Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation (ES), Technische Universitat Darmstadt (DE), Studiecentrum voor Kernenergie / Centre d'Étude de l'Énergie (BE), Ethnicon Metsovion Polytechnion (GR), Technische Universiteit Delft (NL), Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (ES), Viomichanikis Erevnas Technologikisanaptyxis Ergastiriakon Dokimon Pistopiisis kai Piotitas AE (GR), Wroclawskie Przedsiebiorstwo Hala Ludowa SP Zoo (PL), Fundación Eduardo Chillida (ES), Ministero della Cultura (IT), INES Ingenieros Consultores SL (ES), Estudio Guadiana SLP (ES), Uniwersytet Lodzki (PL), Conseil International des Monuments et des Sites Association (FR), Fundación Docomoni Ibérico (ES), Nanophos Anonimi Emporiki Etairia Anaptixis kai Ypiresion - Nanophos Commercial Societe Anonyme of Services and Development (GR), Nanotecmarin GMBH (DE), Ionvac Process SRL (IT), Sika Technology AG (CH), Sika SA (ES), Rina Consulting SPA (IT), Techedge GMBH (DE), Techedge ESPANA SL (ES), Techedge ITALIA SPA (IT), Bewarrant (BE) Warrant Hub SPA (IT), Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates INC (US), Luciano Hernandez (AR)
Funding bodies: H2020-EU.2.1.3. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Advanced materials MAIN PROGRAMME H2020-EU.2.1.2. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – Nanotechnologies
Subject areas: Built Heritage, Conservation, Heritage Management, Monuments - Sites, Tourism
Budget: € 6 916 287,50


InnovaConcrete is an innovative project aimed at preserving concrete-based monuments, the most significant Cultural Heritage in the 20th century.

The approach is the impregnation of new products, on the surface and cracks of decayed monuments producing C-S-H gel, responsible for the engineering properties of cement paste.

Multifunctional tailored treatments will incorporate additional performances: super-hydrophobicity and corrosion inhibition.

THe original formulations and techniques include inorganic nanotubes, bioenzyme-assisted self-heallingn and atmospheric plasma technologies.

Theoretical Modelling is related with experimental tests and In Situ validation.

Technical interventions will be combined with activities to promote and achieve social awareness and value creation linked to monuments and buildings.

Impacts & Results

In brief, the major impacts and results that have been highlighted touch on two specific areas and can be summarized into some key points:


  • Nine conservation products and an application technique (plasma atmospheric), optimized by simulation.
  • One product in the market (Surfa Pore™ FX) and two impregnation treatments (C-S-H technology) with commercial exploitation agreements.
  • A promising enzyme-assisted method for self-healing of cemen.
  • Evaluation of InnovaConcrete technologies on more than 1000 samples at laboratory level.
  • Evaluation of InnovaConcrete technologies on 8 case studies, being one of them completely restored.
  • A Decision Making Tool focused on concrete conservation.



  • More than 100 different dissemination citizen awareness and training activities, including some non-European activities.
  • A tool for touristic and commercial potential analyses of cultural concrete heritage (spin-off launched, ITEch-Heritage & Welfare).
  • A first benchmark guidance to conserve historic concrete.
  • A selection of the 100 more significant 20th century concrete heritage buildings in Europe.