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Elliot Water develops predictive water and energy consumption models to digitise agriculture

SUCCESS CASE

SOS AGUA: a project led by Sacyr Agua industry leader in water technology with more than a hundred treatment plants

Sacyr Agua, a subsidiary of Sacyr, is carrying out the management of the integral water cycle and the operation of water treatment and transport infrastructures. It operates around the world in an efficient, sustainable and innovative way to provide the best service to citizens and be respectful of the environment, contributing to sustainable development in line with the 2030 Agenda.

It has fifteen years of experience and highlight projects at national level in Madrid, Alicante, Vitoria, Bilbao and Navarra, as well as international ones in Chile.

the challenge

Anticipating the effects of climate change, the prevention of floods, their effects on agricultural infrastructures to improve the management of water resources in a sustainable manner

THE SOLUTION

Elaboration of predictive modelling and digitisation of water management for agriculture
Analysis and study of the following aspects by the entities:
  • To analyse the problem of emerging pollutants in reclaimed water and their treatment.
  • Design of hydrological/hydraulic models predictive of flows and extreme weather events and effects of climate change.
  • Study of the effect of boron on crops and its reduction in irrigation water.
  • Study of the removal by microalgae of nutrients in brine from desalination plants and agricultural drainage for use as fertilisers.
  • Development of technological tools to guarantee the sustainability of irrigation with reclaimed water in herbaceous and woody species.

 

 

Water needs in agriculture

Estimates by international organisations such as the UN indicate that food production will double in the next 20-30 years. It is therefore imperative:

  • Modern, water- and energy-efficient agriculture to cope with growing food needs.
  • Adopt measures to ensure the availability of water in sufficient quantity and quality for the development of the modern and efficient agriculture needed in the immediate future.

CONCLUSION

Through Elliot Water we have helped to adapt and prepare the Spanish agricultural sector to combat the increasing scarcity of conventional water resources and the effects of climate change.

Who makes up the SOS WATER XXI consortium?

The SOS-AGUA-XXI project consortium is made up of Sacyr WaterThe project leader (water treatment specialist, international benchmark in the use and management of desalinated and purified water for agriculture), Valoriza Environment (also part of the Sacyr group, dedicated to the management of green spaces and plant species, waste and sludge management and treatment, among other activities), Bosonit (specialising in new technologies, use of Big Data, IoT, AI, etc.), Tepro (dedicated to agricultural consultancy, integrated farm management and agricultural production), Regenerate (specialising in energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions), Aeromedia (specialising in the development and use of drones for environmental management), föra forest technologies (specialising in remote data analysis applied to the agroforestry sector) and Aqua Advise (specialising in water treatment consultancy and the development and promotion of new technologies and processes).

 

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The research project 'Sustainability, Water and Agriculture in the 21st century', SOS-AGUA-XXI, has been approved and will be subsidised by the CDTI and supported by the Ministry of Science and Innovation through the 2021 call of the Science and Innovation Missions programme. The project proposes the development of a series of actions capable of boosting the Spanish agricultural sector through the "21st Century Agriculture" Mission. The project has a budget of 6 million euros and will be financed by CDTI with European Next Generation funds.

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