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Diagram of the developed system Duration: 8 th of August 2019 / 8 th of December 2019 Summary: Bivalve molluscs, specially Zebra Mussel, are considered as invasive organisms in water networks. Any facility (agriculture sector, industry, energetic sector), that uses water from an affected source is susceptible of suffering the economical and operative problems that lead to the presence of bivalve molluscs. The manual control of the presence of bivalve molluscs in water has many disadvantages, especially in terms of high risk of human error, and possibility of giving results in a short period of time. The system developed...
Date: 27/07/2020 - 17:08 | Value-added Innovation in fooD chAins (VIDA)
Mequinenza Reservoir pumping Duration: 16 October 2019 / 16 April 2020 Summary: Invasive alien species (IAS) are non-native species that are introduced deliberately or unintentionally by human action outside their natural habitats where they establish, proliferate and spread in ways that cause damage to biological diversity. IAS, like the zebra mussel (ZM) represent a serious threat to biodiversity, which constitutes one of the main drivers of biodiversity loss (EEA Technical Report 16/2012). Combating the IAS is one of the six targets covered by the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020. The combination of chemical biocides...
Date: 27/07/2020 - 17:01 | Value-added Innovation in fooD chAins (VIDA)
Duration: 7 August 2019 / 7 December 2020 Summary: Water quality is crucial in the food sector, and a very significant cost. Excellence in the management of the water cycle in the food industry is key. In comparison with other sectors, the agro-food industry is largely made up of small companies, with relatively scarce resources to optimise the management of their water cycle. Being able to access an inexpensive management tool such as Smart-Water TPM, these companies could greatly reduce water consumption and resources used in the management of their water cycle. The aim of Smart Water TPM is to provide small SMEs an...
Date: 27/07/2020 - 16:54 | Value-added Innovation in fooD chAins (VIDA)
Grana Padano processing (source: Life TTGG www.lifettgg.eu ) Duration: 28 th of February 2020 / 28 th of February 2021 Summary: The problem addressed is the energy consumption and water consumptions in food processing and the related CO2 emissions (energy consumption of the food and beverage sector is 10% of the overall energy consumption in Italy in 2016). The project will demonstrate in an Italian dairy, named Santangiolina, the software solution proposed by two Italian SMEs: ENERSEM and OPTIMO IOT. ENERSEM developed a software prototype (SW), named Mammoth, with the objective of establishing resource efficiency...
Date: 27/07/2020 - 16:48 | Value-added Innovation in fooD chAins (VIDA)
Agro management platform that incorporates learning algorithms and it also includes real-time communication from any location with the devices deployed on the field, allowing efficient management (irrigation, fertilizer, filter cleaning, pump start-up …) Duration: September 2019 / August 2020 Summary: The goal of this Project is creating an agro platform which will not only show data from sensors deployed in field in real time but it will also integrate satellite images and crop parametres, thanks to this information, it will develop internal Machine Learning & AI algorithms and see which actions are needed (irrigate...
Date: 27/07/2020 - 16:40 | Value-added Innovation in fooD chAins (VIDA)
Soil-less farming scheme Duration: October 2019 / October 2020 Summary: Soil-less farming is one of the most promising solutions to increase food production, while limiting arable land and agriculture’s impacts on climate and biodiversity. However, today’s soil-less farming technologies (e.g. photosynthetic microorganisms cultivation or hydroponic farming) still fully rely on the use of mineral fertilizers derived from primary non-renewable resources. Natural soils, instead, are the most efficient circular-economy actors: communities of microorganisms ‘regenerate’ organic residues by oxidizing organic compounds and...
Date: 27/07/2020 - 16:34 | Value-added Innovation in fooD chAins (VIDA)
The Project Partners in front of the prototype for the VIDA project – Saving water by removal of off-flavor in farmed fish H2O3. left: Jesper Heldbo (Aquacircle), middle left: Gert Jørgensen (Bornholms lakseklækkeri), middle right: Richard Martin (Water ApS), right: Henrik Levy (OxyGuard International), photographer: Jacob Højgaard (Pisco ApS) Duration: 7 th of September 2019 / 7 th of September 2020 Summary: In a context of sustainable aquaculture and food safety, land-based Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) are the most environmentally sound way to produce fish and other aquatic animals. There is however, a number...
Date: 27/07/2020 - 16:27 | Value-added Innovation in fooD chAins (VIDA)
The VIDA project aims to accelerate the implementation of new solutions (preferably key enabling technologies – KET) in the food sector which improve the usage of water and energy with the ambition to reduce losses and consumption. VIDA has three different types of funding vouchers to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) seeking new resource-efficient solutions. VIDA is entering its final year and as we now make up the balance of the completed and ongoing projects, it is seen that not all of the available European Union’s INNOSUP funding has been used. To support as many innovative SMEs as possible, it was...
Date: 27/07/2020 - 15:58 | Value-added Innovation in fooD chAins (VIDA)
Water Future sodium removal system for greenhouse drainwater treatment Duration: 1 st of September 2019 / 1 st of September 2020 Summary: Problem: Greenhouses for food production are forced to discard their recirculation water at regular time intervals. Consequently, they are emitting pesticides, nutrients (f.e. nitrates / phosphate) and water to sewers and surface water, which are seriously polluting the urban environment. The reason for the forced discard is the accumulation of Sodium in the greenhouse recirculation water. Sodium is not taken up by crops and at slightly higher concentrations it is even toxic for the...
Date: 27/07/2020 - 15:35 | Value-added Innovation in fooD chAins (VIDA)
On the 7th of July 2020, our partner, the french cluster Éa éco-entreprises organised an information webinar around “The role of banks and investment funds for financing cleantech SMEs”. The objective of this webinar, organised in the framework of finMED project (Interreg MED), was to tackle the following question: “How to strengthen the collaboration between cleantech SMEs and financers in order to elaborate bankable green projects?” Different public and private financial instruments for the green growth were presented (equity, quasi-equity, loans, mezzanine, guarantees). Speakers from the European Investment Bank and...
Date: 24/07/2020 - 14:25 | finMED "Boosting the financing of innovation for green growth sectors through innovative clusters services in the MED area"

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