MArket uptake of an innovative irrigation Solution based on LOW WATer-ENergy consumption
The world of irrigation requires innovative solutions, less water and energy dependant. The Polytechnic University of Madrid developed in 2013 solutions for large power photovoltaic (PV) pumping systems at TRL5 that was successfully tested in a real Irrigators Community (IC) of Alto Vinalopó (Spain). The results showed great technical reliability (solving the problem of the variability of solar energy), matching the IC irrigation needs just with the solar electricity (thanks to sun-tracking systems) and reducing dramatically the cost of energy (60% regarding the conventional grid consumption)
In parallel, ELAIA has integrated systems with, in one hand, automatisms and ICT solutions that reduce the water consumption (30%) detecting in real-time the actual needs of the specific crop in a certain moment, and in the other hand, low pressure systems that reduce the energy needs. This project proposes activities to integrate both developments at a TRL9 for the first application and market replication of a new green product at TRL9 consisting of PV pumping systems for productive agriculture irrigation consuming zero conventional electricity and 30% less water.
Start date: 1/9/2015
End date: 31/8/2018
Coordinator: Polytechnic University of Madrid
Funding scheme: H2020 Programme
Budget: € 4.875.130,25