A platform for the Circular Economy


VISION: Sustainable growth for an increasing world population requires a fair distribution of resources. Regenerative systems and circular economy models present powerful tools to empower this objective by eliminating ‘scarcity’ from the economic equation.

MISSION: Accelerate the transition to a circular society on space ship earth inspired by restorative life support technologies designed for long term human space missions that present highly efficient and robust solutions for a sustainable Earth.

The world is witnessing a paradigm shift. The transition from a linear to a circular economy may be about to drive the biggest transformation in business since the Industrial Revolution 250 years ago through a radical departure from the traditional 'take, make, waste' production and consumption models. We are going through the transformation to a circular economy, a socio-economic system which is smart, cross-sectorial and full of opportunities.

With the support of ESA and MELiSSA IPStar is developing the SEMiLLA platform. A thematic Experience and Metabolic Business Hub fueled by advanced life support space technology to realize the vision of a truly circular economy. And the truly ‘astronomical’ opportunities it presents.

The first SEMiLLA Circular Economy Hub is being developed in Malaga, Spain in close collaboration with the University of Malaga and the Technology Park of Andalucia.

What is SEMiLLA

SEMiLLA is a circular hotspot where new business initiatives in urban planning, production technologies, space and terrestrial technology, hospitality, art and design come together fostering cross-disciplinary service- and product development. It is a hotspot for energy, waste, water, air and food management of the future in a circular economy and smart cities. A place where entrepreneurs, educators, artists and scientists, undertake new sustainable initiatives, and put circular developments into practice nourishing organizational diversity.

The food, water and energy cycle constitutes the unifying factor. Continuous innovation leads to viable business opportunities that are embraced by entrepreneurs, governments, investors and customers. The term sustainability has a dual meaning here: economic and environmental sustainability in the context of a transition to a circular economy.

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