Project

Reuse of recycled water

To promote reuse of recycled water by using innovative technology and renewable energy

Nutrients monitoring and management

To optimize water and fertilizer application

Soil fertility status

Evolution of the soil status by monitoring sensitive indicators of soil fertility

Sustainability assessment, energy and cost efficiency of the DESERT system

To use an inductive economic model technique implemented via statistical inferences derived from experimental data and to perform a Life Cycle Assessment

Project objective

The main aim of DESERT project is to create an innovative concept as a smart system combining sustainable technology on water treatment and water quality sensors, tuned to the local situation (climate, water sources, cropping system, grower's economic potential and regulatory conditions). 


Workpackages

WP 1: Integration of the water compact module technology

To integrate into a low-energy and high-efficiency compact module, two solar-powered equipment (HidroNICDesal and HidroNIC-Fert) for desalination and fertigation on two representative Mediterranean countries (Spain and Italy)

WP 2: Development of on-line intelligent fertigation equipment

To develop an innovative system adapted to the HidroNIC-Fert equipment, based on hardware with low-cost sensors for real-time water monitoring in order to optimize water and fertilizer application

WP 3: DESERT irrigation water validation

 To monitor and evaluate the medium-term evolution of crop nutritional status, soil salinity, yield and fruit quality and safety, optimizing the water and fertilizer needs and the energy costs at farm level. To evaluate the effect, in medium-term, of the evolution of the soil status by monitoring sensitive indicators of soil fertility and by computing synthetic indices of soil quality (SQIs).

WP4: Sustainability assessment, energy and cost efficiency of the DESERT system

To model the "value of irrigation water" by combining physical, biological and environmental factors to derive water-crop production functions (CWF).

WP5: Dissemination strategy and exploitation plan for transfer of knowledge and market uptake