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Water and Energy Advanced Management for Irrigation 

The aim of the project is to improve the efficiency of water use and reduce the costs of power irrigation systems.  It is planned to develop a smart network for the management of irrigation that will act interactively on the rational use of water and energy.
The project addresses two of the priorities outlined by the European Innovation Partnership on Water, an initiative of the European Commission (DG- Environment): ‘Water- Energy Nexus’ and ‘Decision Support Systems (DSS) and monitoring’.
The key project objectives are:
  • Develop an innovative water & energy smart grid for irrigation: energy consumption tactical (day) decisions, introducing demand-side management and matching with available energy offer, thanks to the water storage capability (both in reservoirs or in the ground) and the ‘near-almost elastic’ demand from users.
  • Demonstrate innovative techniques for resource efficiency at local level:
    • Techniques for the minimization of the operational cost for water supply infrastructures, as strategic management (weekly).
    • Techniques for saving water in the local irrigation systems and, consequently, saving energy.
    • Techniques for improving the m3/kW ratio and for minimisation of operational cost of water supply infrastructures.
  • Develop an innovative integration approach: an ICT platform based on a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), for hosting the DSS applications, while, at field level, the existing local irrigation systems will remain.

The results are tested and evaluated in three regions of the European Union covering a wide range of crops, water resources and energy markets: Aragon (Spain), Lower Saxony (Germany) and Alentejo (Portugal).
The main innovation aspect is to demonstrate an innovative water & energy smart grid for irrigation: introducing demand-side management and matching with available energy offer (often renewable), thanks to the water storage capability and the ‘near- almost elastic’ demand from users.

The role of HydroLogic

In this project HydroLogic using the HydroNET platform delivers hydro-meteorological data streams, develops and integrates a water demand forecasting module together with WaterWatch (based on the eLeag PI mapping technology) for the test cases. It further develops and integrates connectors and web services within the overall WEAM4i cloud-based platform for exchanging the data and information required for building DSS applications for improving resource (water and energy) efficiency on local level.
The WEAM4i consortium is led by Meteosim and Adasa, and is composed of 17 members from different fields – business, research, irrigation communities, water suppliers and public agencies and organizations – from five European countries: Spain, Germany, Portugal, The Netherlands and France.
For more information please visit the WEAM4i website.