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Eco-sustainable and digitized project for the modernization of irrigation of more than 2,500 hectares with non-conventional water.

The facility, located in El Ejido (Almeria), is designed under circular economy, zero discharge and energy efficiency measures.

The engineering know-how of Murcia, through OTK, a company of the members of the AgritechMur industrial group, has been applied in a 2,500-hectare irrigation modernization project, designed under the circular economy, zero discharge and energy efficiency approach.

The agricultural installation, to be developed in El Ejido, Almeria, a reference in world agriculture, has been commissioned by the Sierra de Gádor User Community. This project meets the three selection criteria of the actions of the Transformation and Resilience Recovery Plan, i.e., environmental sustainability impact due to the use of non-conventional water, use of renewable energies and digitalization.

The main objective is the use of non-conventional water from the upper aquifer (with high salinity) and its treatment, reducing the extraction pressure of the lower aquifer, in order to achieve a balance in the recharge cycle. The entire water cycle, from its extraction to its arrival at the crop, seeks the maximum reduction of pollutant emissions through photovoltaic installations, which reduces them by 70 percent.

The management of this infrastructure goes a step further in the treatment of information, since the entire system will be digitalized. A digital platform will be in charge of collecting, analyzing and proposing decisions based on the data extracted from the different elements that make up the project.

The knowledge and analysis of this data will allow farmers and the managing entity to make the right decisions for better crop yields, as well as to optimize the water/energy binomial to the maximum.the installation also achieves zero discharge, since the crystallization of the brine produced transforms it into raw material for reuse in different industrial uses. The transformation of waste into a recoverable by-product is in line with the objectives of the European Green Deal.

The investment of this project, valued at 30 million euros, has been pre-selected in the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (PRTR) for the improvement of the efficiency and sustainability of irrigation, based on the criteria required by the European Union to be a beneficiary of the recovery funds. These economic resources represent a great opportunity to bet on a more efficient and sustainable model change. +34 968 93 69 01 +34 968 375 435