Water and energy are closely linked. On the one hand water can be used to produce electricity by hydro-power plants. On the other hand there are large quantities of electricity used to irrigate and drain water. A typical example is The Netherlands where half of the country is below sea level and every day millions of cubic meters of water are pumped into the sea. Moreover, during dry periods farmers irrigate their fields at the costs of substantial amounts of energy. So, by optimizing water management electricity can be saved.
In order to optimize water management, and simultaneously save energy, information is needed to where, when and how much this water management can be improved. HiView undertakes Flying Sensor (drones, uav) flights to assess the actual status of crops, to advice on where, when and how much to irrigate. The project involves three farmers spread over The Netherlands.
With this project HiView has contributed to exploring circular economy options in the water sector by using Flying Sensors information.