Agrodelsol proposes irrigation as a service : extension of the agricultural frontier via desalination of seawater using renewable energy sources, organising irrigation and converting desert zones into agricultural land for the use by cooperatives.
Modular and smart assembly of solar and desalination units to desalinate sea water using renewable energy sources coupled to a microgrid and irrigation system, transforming desert areas into agricultural land
Modular and smart assembly of solar and desalination units to desalinate sea water using renewable energy sources coupled to a microgrid and irrigation system, transforming desert areas into agricultural landSEE LESS
Stage 2: Research & Development
All aspects of the Agrodelsol solution are well-known and are, independently, being practised at large scale worldwide. Because of this specific aspect, Agrodelsol can be considered to be ready to launch its pilot project to achieve proof of concept.
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Agriculture, Economic Growth and Trade, Climate Change and Resilience and 2 MoreSEE ALL
Agriculture, Economic Growth and Trade, Climate Change and Resilience, Solar and Water Supply/QualitySEE LESS
Funds Raised to Date
increase the agricultural frontier in desert areas such as soasts of Chile, Peru and Baja California
By assembling proven techniques that are modular and are getting cheaper : solar panels, desalination units and drip irrigation, Agrodelsol desalinates sea water and produces irrigation water, using renewable resources : zero carbon agriculture
People in the vicinity of the desert areas that is transformed into agricultural land, organised into cooperatives or through a private company employing local labour
Mission and Vision
Irrigation as a service : transforming lives through transforming the deserts into orchards
The economic fundamentals of this venture are robust:
-low prices for solar panels
-low prices for desalination units
-both solar panels and desalination units are modular
-"zero-carbon" agricultural production, which enable sales to benefit from premium prices if compared to similar but not zero-carbon product
-possibility of obtaining carbon credits
All the above provides "Irrigation as a Service" and there is no competition in greenfield desalination/desert transformation in the selected areas yet. Numerous agribusiness companies already use solar and/or desalination units, but as an internal asset. In some instances, they use those components to dry up underground aquifers, without consideration of the sustainability of usch practices. The "IaaS" approach is not there (yet). Agrodelsol believes this approach is achievable and has positive economic, social and environmental benefits.
Planned Goals and Milestones
Undertaking the pilot project is Chile. Discussions are currently ongoing with some local authorities in order to have them support the Agrodelsol initiative
|New Implemented Countries||Peru, Mexico|
|Recruit||Team : 2 management, 2 engineers for the pilot project phase|
|New Feature||Create "Irrigation as a Service" solution for desert areas|
The Team Behind the Innovation
The team is a combination of a large experience in the energy and water sector (30 yrs+) and local knowledge of Chile and Peru. The team motivation is to proof that concrete contributions to achieving the SDGs and the Paris Agreement goals are multiple : multi-stakeholder solutions driven by the public sector, large scale solutions driven by private sector and also small-scale, grassroot solutions. Agrodelsol corresponds to the grassroot category of solutions and has the intention to scale-up.