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Instituto Superior Técnico

Estaleiros navais de Peniche, S. A.


Fundación Tekniker

University of Strathclyde


Carnival Corporation

Lloyd's Register

National Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton

National Technical University of Athens



  ISQ is a private nonprofit making technological association, granted with the Public Utility statute. The more than 800 staff is teamed with customers, partners and alliances in more than 20 countries worldwide.Presently with more than two hundred company members and approximately the same number of individual members, it was privately founded in 1965 as the Portuguese Welding Institute. In the early eighties its activities were diversified from welding technology to several other technical and scientific areas, and the services provided included technical inspections, non-destructive testing, structural integrity, quality assurance and environmental impact studies. Industrially oriented, Vocational Training is also one of the core services offered and includes several Public funded training courses. Technological Research and Development still is today one of ISQ’s core activities, supporting all the services provided worldwide. ISQ is member of AIM, Portuguese Association of Maritime Industries. It has performed several EU RD projects related to shipping and environment and has close cooperation with Portuguese shipyards as service provider
    Role in project

ISQ is recognised as a reference institution in Portugal, when the Environmental Sciences are concerned having more than 20 years of active work in this area supporting effectively the industry. ISQ is recognised by the Ministry of Industry as a Competence Centre for Energy and Environment and was recognised as a fundamental R&D centre for the development of Portugal. Concerning the purposes of the FOULXSPEL project, ISQ has experience in conducting Life Cycle Assessments in different fields as electric and electronic sector, energy supply and biofuels. Regarding European funding R&D projects with this subject, ISQ has participated in NATURALHY project ( and coordinated the LEADOUT project ( and ELECTROVALUE project (