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A French provider of water for agriculture is looking to establish a research cooperation agreement with an experienced coordinator to anwer European Calls for innovation (Horizon Europe)

Status: Idea
Creation date: 05-10-2021

Project objectives:

Summary: 

The French company is a developer, operator and service provider in the fields of water, agriculture and renewable energies in response to the problems associated with climate change in rural areas. Since 60 years, it's been active throughout the world, with a particular interest in the Mediterranean region. Already involved in transnational cooperations, it's currently looking to establish a research cooperation agreement with a coordinator experienced in European calls for projects.

Description: 

The company was created by the French State to design, operate and manage the development of a major hydraulic infrastructure (canals/pipes/tunnels, treatment units, dams/reservoirs, hydroelectric power stations, pumping stations...) for the supply of water to the south-east of France. This infrastructure meets the needs of numerous users for irrigation, drinking water, watering, industry and fire management. From the outset, the company chose to set up an internal design office (200 people), which has enabled to develop numerous skills and to support other entities in meeting the challenges of water management in a context of climate change. Apart of its original activity as an operator and developer in the Provence region, the production of renewable energy and its services to rural areas, the company has an engineering design office active in more than 30 countries. It offers its expertise in the following fields: - Hydro-agricultural developments: mobilization of the resource, design of structures, agro-economics, support for irrigators in the choice of equipment and in the management of their consumption thanks to decision support tools which are the subject of a research program, particularly for Mediterranean crops - Water treatment, including support for the implementation of reuse systems for treated wastewater (process, multi-purpose recovery, regulatory support, social acceptability) - Integrated management of water resources, including resource management (qualitative and quantitative), the diversity of uses, climate change (management and analysis of agrometeorological data), the institutional context of the territory, etc. - The development of renewable energies on hydraulic works (hydroelectricity and floating photovoltaic) - The development of supervision systems - Engineering and operation of large dams, flood protection, forestry management Already involved in various transnational cooperation projects in Africa, the French company is looking to participate in the following Horizon Europe projects : - HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-03-11 : Development of hydropower equipment for hidden hydropower. deadline : 02/22 - HORIZON-CL5-2022-D3-03-08 : Development of digital solutions for existing hydropower operation and maintenance. Deadline : 01/23 - HORIZON-CL5-2022-D3-01-06: Novel Agro-Photovoltaic systems. Deadline: 04/2022 In particuliar, it is looking for an experienced coordinator of European projects. With three laboratories and a large hydraulic infrastructure on which it is possible to install pilots for the development of innovative solutions, the French company will participate in the project and can act as a work package leader. The company works with a wide range of organizations around the world, including governments, local authorities, international finance banks, research organizations, facility managers, national parks, industry and farmers. The support offered is adapted to the needs of each one of them, thanks to the company's wide experience as an operator, designer and developer of rural areas, as well as in installing turnkey infrastructures and in doing research on innovative systems. Being very attentive to the impact of its projects, the company notably integrates a life cycle analysis into them.

Type (e.g. company, R&D institution…), field of industry and Role of Partner Sought: 

The French company is looking for coordinators with experience in European calls for projects and who have complementary skills in the fields of water and agriculture. The company is interested to participate in Horizon Europe projects in geographic areas that it knows well, but also in territories where it hasn't been involved yet. It's looking for partnerships with organizations involved in the development of models to support territories in accessing water resources, particularly in rural areas with an agricultural context. The French company would like to bring its experience and know-how as a contributor to projects related to the management of watersheds with a multi-purpose component that generates problems requiring cross-cutting technical, economic, institutional and social approaches. It would be particularly interested in projects with a Water Reuse , irrigation management, remote management/supervision or development of Renewable Energy on hydraulic infrastructures component. The company has a large hydraulic infrastructure on which it is possible to install pilots for the development of innovative solutions.

Stage of Development: 

Already on the market

Comments Regarding Stage of Development: 

Thanks to 60 years of experience and a real dynamic of innovation, the French company enjoys a recognized expertise around the world. Thanks to the diversity of its skills and of the territories on which it carries out projects, it has a strong capacity to adapt.

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