PVAIZEC - Large PV Pumping Systems for zero energy irrigation (AG103)

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PVAIZEC - Large PV Pumping Systems for zero energy irrigation (AG103)

This action group develops a number of activities to integrate recent developments in irrigation technology at a real scale test facility (TRL9). This leads to the first application of a zero energy consumption PV pumping systems for productive irrigation in agriculture. After the demonstration phase market replication will be the focus of further activities.

The building blocks of this project are as follows:

  1. The Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) developed in 2013 solutions for large power photovoltaic (PV) pumping systems at the so called TRL5 that was successfully tested in a real agriculture productive activity of the Irrigators Community (IC) of Alto Vinalopó (Alicante, Spain). The results showed great technical reliability (solving the problem of the variability and intermittency 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 (56% regarding the conventional grid consumption).
  2. In parallel, AIMCRA has developed, in one hand, automatisms and ICT solutions that reduce dramatically the water consumption detecting in real-time the actual needs of the specific crop in a certain moment, and
  3. in the other hand, low pressure systems that reduce the energy needs.

In terms of innovation barriers the project is based on the following analysis:

There are three specific barriers that are related with irrigation and the EIP priority Water-Energy Nexus.

  1. First, the application of renewable energy in general, and photovoltaics in particular, for water irrigation is hindered by low efficiency and by its intermittent character that does not match the irrigation systems, designed to run with constant energy supply. 
  2. Second, there is a lack of low energy irrigation technologies that can be applied by modern agriculture.
  3. Third, the lack of smart ICT solutions to adapt irrigation to the actual needs of the crops.

These three barriers imply that the energy consumption for irrigation is continuously increasing, and that the main cost of the “Irrigators Communities” in their productive activity is the electricity supply from the conventional grid, that increases dramatically every year.

Project plan:

The action plan has the following objectives:

  1. First application and market replication of large PV pumping systems incorporating automatisms and ICT solutions to reduce the energy-water consumption binomial  . 
  2. Development of design and simulation tools for large PV pumping systems as well as technical standards to guarantee their quality and to make easier their commercialization. 
  3. Implementation of demonstrators to make easier the market uptake.

 

Since the project submission several new end users and technology companies have showed interest in joining the group. An updated partner list will soon be published here. The initial list of participants is as follows:

  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid – Solar Energy Institute Spain
  • Universidade de Evora Portugal University of Sassari Italy 
  • CAPRARI Italy 
  • RKD Spain 
  • DOMUS-IE Spain (SME) 
  • RIEGO SOLAR Spain (SME) 
  • AIMCRA Spain 
  • FENACORE Spain 
  • FENAREG Portugal 
  • Euro-Mediterranean Irrigators Community (EIC) Mediterranean region

 

 

Mr. Fleischmann is part of the EIP Water...

I am working on irrigation market since may 2005...

PhD in Pedology (Soil Science), Master in...

Education (degrees and other titles)...

Working in solar pumping systems since 2003 with...

Research on Photovoltaic pumping systems since...

Portuguese National Federation of Irrigators...

Education (degrees and other titles)...

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PVAIZEC - Large PV Pumping Systems for zero energy irrigation (AG103)

This action group develops a number of activities to integrate recent developments in irrigation technology at a real scale test facility (TRL9). This leads to the first application of a zero energy consumption PV pumping systems for productive irrigation in agriculture. After the demonstration phase market replication will be the focus of further activities.

The building blocks of this project are as follows:

  1. The Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) developed in 2013 solutions for large power photovoltaic (PV) pumping systems at the so called TRL5 that was successfully tested in a real agriculture productive activity of the Irrigators Community (IC) of Alto Vinalopó (Alicante, Spain). The results showed great technical reliability (solving the problem of the variability and intermittency 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 (56% regarding the conventional grid consumption).
  2. In parallel, AIMCRA has developed, in one hand, automatisms and ICT solutions that reduce dramatically the water consumption detecting in real-time the actual needs of the specific crop in a certain moment, and
  3. in the other hand, low pressure systems that reduce the energy needs.

In terms of innovation barriers the project is based on the following analysis:

There are three specific barriers that are related with irrigation and the EIP priority Water-Energy Nexus.

  1. First, the application of renewable energy in general, and photovoltaics in particular, for water irrigation is hindered by low efficiency and by its intermittent character that does not match the irrigation systems, designed to run with constant energy supply. 
  2. Second, there is a lack of low energy irrigation technologies that can be applied by modern agriculture.
  3. Third, the lack of smart ICT solutions to adapt irrigation to the actual needs of the crops.

These three barriers imply that the energy consumption for irrigation is continuously increasing, and that the main cost of the “Irrigators Communities” in their productive activity is the electricity supply from the conventional grid, that increases dramatically every year.

Project plan:

The action plan has the following objectives:

  1. First application and market replication of large PV pumping systems incorporating automatisms and ICT solutions to reduce the energy-water consumption binomial  . 
  2. Development of design and simulation tools for large PV pumping systems as well as technical standards to guarantee their quality and to make easier their commercialization. 
  3. Implementation of demonstrators to make easier the market uptake.

 

Since the project submission several new end users and technology companies have showed interest in joining the group. An updated partner list will soon be published here. The initial list of participants is as follows:

  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid – Solar Energy Institute Spain
  • Universidade de Evora Portugal University of Sassari Italy 
  • CAPRARI Italy 
  • RKD Spain 
  • DOMUS-IE Spain (SME) 
  • RIEGO SOLAR Spain (SME) 
  • AIMCRA Spain 
  • FENACORE Spain 
  • FENAREG Portugal 
  • Euro-Mediterranean Irrigators Community (EIC) Mediterranean region

 

 

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Mr. Fleischmann is part of the EIP Water...

I am working on irrigation market since may 2005...

PhD in Pedology (Soil Science), Master in...

Education (degrees and other titles)...

Working in solar pumping systems since 2003 with...

Research on Photovoltaic pumping systems since...

Portuguese National Federation of Irrigators...

Education (degrees and other titles)...

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