Ferrovial in Spain to Apply Robots for Municipal Waste

ZenRobotics Ltd and Ferrovial, a Spanish multinational environmental solutions provider, have agreed on a delivery of waste sorting robots to Ferrovial’s waste sorting facility in Spain. With the investment Ferrovial accelerates its development towards improved material circulation.

Ferrovial leads the “ZRR for Municipal Waste” project, which will analyze the implementation of robotics to automate and enhance the municipal waste sorting methods. The program is part of the European Union’s EIT Climate-KIC, the EU’s main initiative on climate change.

The project will involve installing and testing ZenRobotics Heavy Picker, a robot from ZenRobotics which continuously monitors waste flows by means of sensors. Its Artificial Intelligence (AI) software analyses the information gathered by the sensors in real time, and learns from it, to separate fractions of waste quickly and accurately.

“Robots support our innovation strategy that seeks to improve the performance of our waste treatment and materials recovery plants. The technology allows us to recover more materials with a higher quality while minimizing the risk of accidents involving people”, Vincente Galván, Director of the Centre of Excellence for Environment at Ferrovial Services, explains.

Ferrovial is one of the world’s leading infrastructure operators and municipal services companies, committed to developing sustainable solutions. The company operates in over 20 countries and it is included in the main sustainability indexes and rankings since 2002; The company is continuously developing solutions for the circular economy and is committed to increasing material recovery by applying state-of-the-art technologies.

ZenRobotics’ waste sorting robots improve flexibility in waste sorting as they can be taught to recognize and sort new materials. At Ferrovial the two ZenRobotics Heavy Pickers will be integrated to an existing facility to sort out oversized objects from MSW, increasing the facility’s material recovery.

“We look forward to cooperating with an industry leader like Ferrovial. They see a lot of possibilities for robotic technology in improving both performance and safety. Together we can promote the uptake of robotic technology and drive transformation in the waste industry”, Juha Mieskonen, Head of Sales at ZenRobotics, concludes.

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