The AQUAGIS project is a feasibility study that aims to investigate the challenges faced by companies in the food sector in terms of water cycle management and to provide solutions to improve their management through the implementation of digital technologies and to help food companies move towards the Industry 4.0 model.
AquaGIS is based on the collaboration of two clusters in the agri-food sector, VITARTIS and NAGRIFOOD, a technology supply cluster (GAIA) and an industrial demand cluster in the water sector (CWP). The project focuses its attention on identifying challenges in the food sector in terms of water cycle management in order to identify opportunities for new projects linked to Industry 4.0 and focused on validating the successful and functional implementation of technologies in the water sector, applied to solve the needs of companies in the food sector.
The AquaGIS work plan includes close collaboration between representatives of the food (representing demand), water and digital (representing supply) sectors to identify these challenges and opportunities through cross-sectoral activities and workshops. The next step will be to explore the complementarity that exists in the water-food nexus in order to identify solutions and technologies that can respond to the challenges identified by food companies.
The final objective of the project will be to set up mixed consortia between entities from the food, digital and water sectors in order to be able to present collaborative and larger R&D projects to European and national funding lines.
Therefore, the expected final impact will be an increase in business competitiveness in the food sector through the implementation of intelligent solutions to efficiently manage the water cycle. This greater control of the cycle will also allow for greater sustainability of the sector and, consequently, an improvement in its positioning in the eyes of customers.
AQUAGIS amb número d’expedient AEI-010500-2021b-1, està cofinançat pel Ministeri d’Indústria, Comerç i Turisme (MINCOTUR) mitjançant la segona convocatòria d’AEIs del 2021 en el marc dels ajuts Next Generation i el Pla de Recuperació, Transformació i Resiliència.
Smart and sustainable water cycle management in the food sector using digital technologies