I am a PhD student at Ulster University working on Water and Energy nexus. I am currently on a secondment in Murcia (South of Spain). During my secondment, I had an opportunity to visit the Irrigation Community of Tajo Segura de Librilla. This community has a complete automation system for irrigation that can be operated from any location through any device, that is connected to the internet to optimize the use of water and in turn of eletricity. They have also installed a Solar Photovoltaic system to power their pumping station.
Antonio Perez Vidal, an Engineer at Batchline Control, who is also team member of the Irribatch (a control system for irrigation community), has demonstrated us the Irribatch software working, which is the control system used by the Irrigation Community of Tajo segura de Librilla. Irribatch is a hydrant remote control system developed by Batchline Control for the automation of the irrigation by the Irrigation Community with low intelligence. It is transparent and can be communicated through different modes of transmission, such as radio, UHF, WIMAX, GPRS, WIFI and cables.
I hope, by installation of such systems, that we can have substantial changes in electricity and water utilization, and can save electricity and water to certain extent in different parts of the world.