itdUPM, develops technological and organizational innovations in order to satisfy the basic needs of some of the most vulnerable communities in Africa and South America, such as access to water and energy, sustainable management of natural resources, basic habitability, new ICT uses and mobile applications applied to health and education.

In order to ingrain these innovations and to have long-term effects, itdUPM designs and develops jointly actions in which public administrations, NGO’s, business industries and international organizations collaborate side by side.

Researchers working in itdTECH are focused in activities such as:

  • Innovations in water pumping (hand pumps and photovoltaic pumps)
  • Water quality (measurement kits, water treatments)
  • Quality control of photovoltaic equipments for communitarian and home systems
  • Innovations in photovoltaic technology (picophotovoltaic systems)
  • Technological developments for communities (social technologies)
  • Remote monitoring of pregnant women in isolated rural areas
Jose Antonio Mancebo

How does a water cistern work?

By José Antonio Mancebo, itdUPM

Designed by José Antonio Mancebo, professor at UPM (Technical University of Madrid), inside the program Water Cisterns for Brazil