Meet the GOINNOWATER members
and their responsibilities in the development of the project
Moval Agroingeniería, S.L., (Moval Agroengineering) is a technical consultancy company based in the Region of Murcia. It operates in this Autonomous Community, as well as in the Region of Valencia, Catalonia, Andalusia and Castilla-La Mancha.
It is specialized in the management of Communities of Irrigators from an integral point of view, covering the efficient distribution of water, the implementation of energy management systems, the design and execution of modernization projects or the implementation of computer tools for their management, based on open source and GIS support.
It is the representant of the task force group, to which it contributes his multidisciplinary vision in the approach to irrigation management, with extensive experience in its improvement through the digitalization and inventory of pipe networks, the creation of Geographical Information Systems for irrigation, distribution efficiency evaluations, energy efficiency and infrastructure maintenance.
More information about Moval Agroengineering at: www.moval.es
CR FOIA DEL POU
It is based in Montaverner (La Vall d'Albaida, Valencia). Its irrigation area -291 hectares- is sinuous and dispersed, comprising a total of eight municipalities: Albaida, Alfarrasí, Bèlgida, Bufali, Otos, El Palomar, L'Olleria and Montaverner. It was created in 2008 to take advantage of the concession for treated water from the Alfarrasí, Montaverner and L'Ollería wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). The works on its irrigation infrastructures were completed in 2016. A large part of the community members are members of the cooperatives in the area, too.
It has three sequential pumping stations, a 170,000 m³ storage pond, 38 multi-user hydrants and a pumping station with collective filtering. It will build two solar plants, one at the WWTP collection station and the other at the pumping station to the pond. A new solar project to supply the irrigation head is also planned under the GOINNOWATER project.
Since 2016, it has guaranteed its irrigators water in quality and quantity. Having achieved this, the next objective is not only to be an example of the use of regenerated water, but also in the use of renewable energy in all its pumping stations, as well as the use of ICTs at different levels: members, society and workers of the entity.
More information about the CR Foia del Pou at: www.crfoiadelpou.org
AGRI-FOOD COOPERATIVES OF THE REGION OF VALENCIA
It is the representative body of the Valencian agri-food cooperative movement. Among its missions is that of organising advisory services, auditing of accounts, legal or technical assistance, training and all those services and activities that are convenient for the interests of its members. It is linked to the CR Foia del Pou through its associated cooperatives, whose social base includes some of its members.
It is aware of the difficulties of the sector and it can appreciate the potential for innovation and improvement of the project proposed in GOINNOWATER. It has the ability to interact with the governing boards, directors, social base and employees of the cooperatives, through direct dialogue and the organization of training and dissemination activities of all kinds.
Once the project is finished, it will also be able to take advantage of this capacity for an adequate dissemination of its results, as well as for the promotion of advisory services to its associated cooperatives.
More information about Agri-food Cooperatives of the Region of Valencia at:
MIGUEL HERNANDEZ UNIVERSITY (UMH)
It participates through the Water and Energy Research Group for Sustainable Agriculture (AEAS), based at the Orihuela Polytechnic School (EPSO). The EPSO is a centre with more than 40 years of experience. The research group has close links with producers and Communities of Irrigators in its territory and with the GOINNOWATER subjetcs.
Its main lines of research are the analysis and improvement of the efficiency of water and energy use in irrigation facilities. They are authors of the Protocol for Energy Audits in Irrigation Communities published by the IDAE, and have carried out energy audits in various communities in the province of Alicante, as well as evaluations of the efficiency of water use in plots. It also has experience in the analysis of water use efficiency through the evaluation of plot irrigation systems and crop water balance, in the definition and use of management indicators in the localised irrigation sector and energy audits in irrigation communities.
More information about the Research Group Water and Energy for Sustainable Agriculture (AEAS) at: https://epso.umh.es/
POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF VALENCIA (UPV)
It participates through the Department of Economics and Social Sciences (DECS). The UPV team has experts in data analysis, artificial intelligence, Big Data, agronomy, irrigation and, in addition, participatory methodologies that contribute to community integration and social cohesion. This aspect is very important when talking about the incorporation of ICTs in the rural environment.
The UPV team is trained, using Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodologies, to adapt the technology to the needs of the different stakeholders (farmers, irrigation communities, cooperatives, field technicians, distributors, consumers, environmental groups, etc.) In an innovation project with a technological component (Agriculture 4.0), we must not forget about human sensors (of shared knowledge and knowledge management). To this end, they are specialised in managing these processes of social innovation.
More information about the Polytechnic University of Valencia at: http://www.upv.es/
UNIVERSITY OF ALMERIA (UAL). RESEARCH GROUP AGR-224
GOINNOWATER has the participation of the AGR-224 Research Group of the University of Almeria, which specialises in intensive horticultural production systems.
Their extensive research experience has focused on two main lines of investigation: water use, water relations and irrigation programming in horticultural crops and the use of nitrogen in greenhouse horticultural crops and the contamination of aquifers with nitrates.
It is participating in the project as an external consultant, to establish the indicators of water and energy use in modernised irrigation and to offer its experience in the use of soil moisture sensors in irrigation programming.
More information about the University of Almeria at: https://www.ual.es/