The European Institute of Innovation, a European Union body that aims to strengthen the innovation capacity of EU member countries, has selected twenty innovative companies that will seek solutions to water-related problems in entities in Spain, Greece and Italy.

The companies have been selected to participate in the Water Scarcity program, which seeks to support the development of innovative solutions to water scarcity, one of the great current and future problems in southern Europe. The chosen companies, which already have solutions in an advanced state of development, will participate in the program for the next three months, which includes extensive training focused on scaling up and developing international business.

The twenty companies have been grouped into three sectoral challenges, defined by three selected entities from Spain, Italy and Greece, which seek a response to their specific needs in relation to water. In this way, the initiative brings together companies with a detected problem and those who can provide them with a solution. The program will culminate with a competition for each of the sectorial challenges in which the winner will obtain 12,000 euros in cash, the second classified, 10,000, and there will be a special prize endowed with 30,000 euros destined to develop the demo of their solution.

Solutions to water scarcity

IN SPAIN. The first entity where eight of the twenty selected companies will participate is located in Murcia. In the field of agriculture there are different challenges related to the use of water; SanLucar, an international company that produces and supplies fruits and vegetables worldwide, will explore the solution to aspects such as water availability, salt concentration or water efficiency in crops.

  • Secalflor (a German startup based in Malaga) manufactures and distributes 100% vegetable layers made with sustainable raw materials, which help reduce the water used and 30% of the necessary fertilizers by up to half.
  • Agrow Analytics (Málaga) develops a platform to monitor in real time and in the future the water available in the plots and its effect on crops.
  • visualNACert (Valencia) has developed predictive software based on a network of sensors to control assets in real time.
  • Bunt Planet (San Sebastián) combines Artificial Intelligence with hydraulic simulations to improve the efficiency of the water supply network and thus drastically reduce the filtration area of ​​the field.
  • Sinafis (Castres, France) helps farmers to manage their water consumption, reduce the consumption of insecticides and fertilizers and obtain better yields with its technological solutions, which it designs at low cost and adjusted to different needs.
  • Soonapse (Rome, Italy) has developed Ploovium, which predicts the behavior of the water of each culture system for the next five days, with more than 99% accuracy.
  • Wings (Athens, Greece), has designed, developed and manufactured the Artemis Water solution, based on the installation of telemetry and remote control for smart irrigation systems for green crops.
  • Neuropublic (Piraeus, Greece) specializes in developing cloud and web-based information systems and high-performance applications to minimize water waste and waste in agriculture.
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IN GREECE The innovative solutions of the companies selected by EIT will also be applied here. Specifically, in the Municipal Water Supply and Sewerage Company of Pylaia (Greece), belonging to the public sector, which will study the responses that the companies selected by EIT give to challenges such as the standardization of digital tools, the quality and safety of water , traceability and elimination of contaminants and asset management. Six companies will propose their respective solutions of their respective solutions to face these challenges:

  • Fibsen (Valencia) provides a real-time water monitoring system to manage it more efficiently.
  • Shayp (Brussels, Belgium) has developed a technology capable of monitoring water consumption and reducing it by 20%, avoiding losses.
  • Nanoplasmas (Athens, Greece), will provide its diagnostic tool that allows the presence of pathogens in water, such as legionella, to be accurately and quickly detected.
  • Enging (Oliveira do Hospitala, Portugal) builds more resilient infrastructures for water through innovation in the field of predictive maintenance.
  • Embio Diagnostics (Nicosia, Cyprus) offers an aquatic bacteria monitoring system with the use of high precision biosensors.
  • Droople (Lausanne, Switzerland) connects any aquatic asset to an Artificial Intelligence platform to monitor water use and quality.

IN ITALY. In this case, the collaborating entity is a company in the infrastructure sector: it is CIIP, the public water management service in the center of the country. Six of the selected companies will address challenges such as the distribution of water by use, which varies according to the season of the year, or the search for alternative water sources, as well as the conservation of the natural area.

  • Latitudo 40 (Naples, Italy), will try to address these challenges using satellite images and Artificial Intelligence to create aerospace analysis that contributes to decision making.
  • Bluephage (Barcelona) offers a solution that controls the microbiological quality of the water.
  • one (Potsdam, Germany) has developed a technology that enables a circular cycle for water, stopping 99% of microplastics and reusing 90% of wastewater without additional energy consumption.
  • Alchemia-nova (Greece) proposes the use of wastewater for the use of crops, integrating anaerobic processes and constructed wetlands for domestic treatment.
  • Pharem Biotech (Sweden) will provide its Zymatic product, which removes certain contaminants that could prevent the reuse of irrigation water.
  • MobyGIS (Trento, Italy) will contribute a project, Waterjade, a water input predictor to optimize energy trading and operations in production plants that integrates machine learning and hydrological models.

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Twenty European innovative companies will seek solutions to water scarcity

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The European Institute of Innovation, a body of the European Union, has selected twenty innovative companies that will seek solutions to problems related to water in entities in Spain, Greece and Italy.

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