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URGENT: A Spanish company is looking for partners, mainly in Belgium, Ireland or Latvia to join a consortium under the Era-net cofund ICT-AGRI-FOOD 2024 call

Summary

Profile Type
Research & Development Request
POD Reference
RDRES20240506006
Term of Validity
8 May 2024 - 8 May 2025
Company's Country
Spain
Type of partnership
Research and development cooperation agreement
Targeted Countries
IrelandBelgiumLatvia
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General information

Short Summary
The main objective of this Era-net project proposal (ICT-AGRI-FOOD 2024 call) is to develop a comprehensive software tool that leverages digitalization and artificial intelligence to enhance the performance and management of agrovoltaic systems —a synergistic combination of photovoltaic power generation and agricultural production— To advance this project, a Spanish technology company is seeking a partner from Belgium, Ireland or Latvia, with specialized expertise in agronomy.
Full Description
With the challenges posed by climate change, the agricultural sector faces significant pressures to adapt and become more sustainable. Water management technologies will be one of the key technologies for future agricultural systems.

Integrating agrovoltaic systems—a combination of photovoltaic power generation and agricultural production—presents a promising solution. However, the complexity of these systems require sophisticated management strategies to optimize both energy production and agricultural yield. The project aims to develop a comprehensive software tool that leverages digitalization and artificial intelligence to enhance the performance and management of agrovoltaic systems. This tool will support farmers, agronomists, and energy managers in making data-driven decisions that improve system efficiency and sustainability.

The project will collaborate with agricultural research institutions, renewable energy specialists, and technology developers to ensure a multidisciplinary approach in the tool's development.

This project proposal will be submitted under the Era-net cofund ICT-AGRI-FOOD 2024 call. Topic 3 - Smart decision-making and reflection systems in farming. The consortia is now made by the Spanish company and a german research institute. They are looking for an entity from Belgium, Ireland or Latvia, specialised in irrigation systems or agronomy with proven experience in the development and implementation of advanced solutions for efficient water management in agriculture, especially in environments including agro-photovoltaics systems. The ability to integrate digital technologies and simulation models into software tools for smart decision making in the agricultural sector will be an asset.

The duration of the project will be 36 months.

The deadline for submitting expression of interest is 14th May.
Stage of Development
Concept stage
Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGoal 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGoal 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGoal 13: Climate Action
IPR description
They are looking for an entity specialised in irrigation systems or agronomy with proven experience in the development and implementation of advanced solutions for efficient water management in agriculture, especially in environments including agro-photovoltaics systems. The ability to integrate digital technologies and simulation models into software tools for smart decision making in the agricultural sector will be an asset.

Desired skills and competences:
- Experience in the design, implementation and management of irrigation systems in agricultural environments, with a focus on optimising water use and increasing water efficiency.
- In-depth knowledge of agronomic principles and water requirements of different crops, as well as the ability to adapt irrigation systems to the specific characteristics of each type of crop and its growth cycle.
- Experience in the integration of digital technologies in irrigation systems, including the use of sensors for soil and plant monitoring, automated control systems and data management tools.
- Competence to develop and implement water management strategies adapted to local climatic conditions and climate change challenges, including drought management and optimisation of water efficiency under scarcity conditions.
- Ability to collaborate in the integration of meteorological, energy yield and agronomic data into a real-time monitoring and management system.

Partner Sought

Expected Role of a Partner
The ideal partner should be an entity committed to innovation, sustainability and international collaboration, able to provide technical expertise and specific knowledge for the successful development of the project in the framework of the ICT-AGRI-FOOD Joint Call 2024 (Topic 3 - Smart decision-making and reflection systems in farming - section c)
Type and Size of Partner
SME 50 - 249R&D InstitutionUniversitySME 11-49Other
Type of partnership
Research and development cooperation agreement

Call details

Framework program
Horizon Europe
Call title and identifier
ERA-NET Cofund ICT-AGRI-FOOD. 2024 Joint Call
Anticipated project budget
1.000.000
Coordinator required
Yes
Deadline for EoI
Deadline of the call
Project duration in weeks
134

Dissemination

Technology keywords
10004008 - Water Resources Management07001004 - Crop Production04005004 - Photovoltaics04002013 - Smart grids04007006 - Low, zero and plus energy rating
Market keywords
01004002 - Data communication components09005 - Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Animal Husbandry & Related Products06002003 - Power grid and distribution01004007 - Network test, monitoring and support equipment06003002 - Photovoltaics
Targeted countries
IrelandBelgiumLatvia