How can technology help to optimize the use of irrigation water in the city’s green areas?
In a context of climate emergency, sustainability and the conscious use of natural resources, such as water, has become a priority. In Catalonia, the alert for drought has driven municipalities, such as Esplugues de Llobregat, to promote a responsible use of irrigation water with the aim to reduce its overall use. These efforts should also work to maintain public areas green as they are linked to the mental and physical well-being of the population.
As climate change alters the irrigation needs of parks and green spaces, the challenge lies in finding innovative technological solutions that allow for optimizing water use for irrigation, as well as reducing the maintenance cost of green spaces of the municipality of Esplugues. In this way, guarantee more appropriate and comprehensive management that ensures the continuity of the service, while reducing the resources used.
Esplugues’ previous use of sensors and automation in irrigation, has shown that there is room for improvement in the agility and effectiveness of these measures, and the interoperability with other systems. Therefore, the final aim is to find solutions that can focus on the monitoring and control of irrigation water; prediction and automation of irrigation in real time; status and management of water infrastructures and integrated management initiatives.
The project contributes to the following SDGs:
SDG 4 – CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION / SDG 6 – INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURES / SDG 11 – SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
The solutions must have a level of technological development equal to or greater than TRL 6 (Technology Readiness Level), and their implementation through a pilot must be viable, both technically and economically, in a timeframe between 6-9 months. Those solutions that have scalability potential and whose management is as autonomous/independent as possible will be valued positively.
The winning solution will be piloted in the municipality of Esplugues de Llobregat.
– Tools or equipment monitoring and control of the use of water for irrigation.
– Real-time irrigation prediction and automation systems.
– Conditions and management of water infrastructures.
– Integrated management initiatives, etc.
Call Closing: Feb 7, 2023 by 3:00 PM (CEST)
Semi-finalists Announcement: Feb 14, 2023
Finalists Announcement – Feb 21, 2023
Pitch Day and Winner Announcement – Mar 2023
How to participate?
Find out how the call works and present your proposal.
Submit your proposal by filling out the online form. The submission deadline is Feb 7, 2023 by 3:00 PM (CEST).
The proposals will be evaluated throughout 3 evaluation phases and our jury will select the winning proposal.
The winner will be announced in March 2023. The winning proposal will begin to be implemented immediately.