InnoWise Scale pitching event - Familia Torres Case study
The InnoWise Scale pitching competitions focus on finding innovative solutions to reverse water scarcity.
How to ensure water quality in food production?
This is the debate question for the 3rd session of the InnoWise Scale pitching series, taking place online between the 22nd and the 30th of November 2022 with the title Road to 2030: Future circular water-cycle perspectives in the framework of InnoWise Scale.
The occurrence of emerging pollutants and the increasing salinity in irrigation waters is a growing concern. The presence of pollutants in irrigation waters can lead to soil and crop contamination, and the increase of salinity can result in infertile soils. And all of this shall be tackled while making smart use of available water resources for the smart use of available water resources and the quality of irrigation water is important to avoid problems in the soils and in the production.
The agri-food sector is one of the biggest consumers of freshwater and therefore a big producer of wastewater. Ensuring a circular water cycle in the sector would increase soil health, water quality, and availability. But, how can the industry integrate a circular water cycle? Can that process also recover nutrients from wastewater to be reused in food or wine production?
Following the challenge presented by Familia Torres – the problem holder of the InnoWise Scale Food competition -, the panellist in the session will shed light on this issue, highlighting currently available solutions and further innovations.
The Problem holder
The Spanish winery Familia Torres is a family business with five generations dedicated to wine and vines. The Area of Innovation and Knowledge of Familia Torres have presented their main challenges related to water management, namely the wastewater treatment, the quality of irrigation water and sewage sludge waste.
About the competition:
The InnoWise Scale pitching competitions are the final step after 3 months of mentoring, training, and networking opportunities between problem-holders and solution providers. The competitions focus on finding innovative solutions to reverse water scarcity, and changing water misuse and pollution to reduce, reuse and non-use water.
Winners of the competitions will be granted 12,000 euros (1st prize) and 10,000 euros (2nd prize) in equity-free cash, to be used for scaling up their business. The evaluation will be based on the innovation and impact of the solution presented.
Moreover, there will be a special prize of 30,000 euros for testing purposes. This prize will be granted to the solution provider that better addresses the challenge and needs of the end user: Familia Torres (Spain).
Full calendar of the InnoWise Scale pitching series
EIT Manufacturing pitching event | 22nd November, 10:00 – 12:45 CET
EIT Climate-KIC pitching event | 23rd November, 10:00 – 12:45 CET
EIT Food pitching event | 28th November, 10:00 – 13:00 CET
EIT Food pitching event | 29th November, 10:00 – 12:45 CET
EIT Digital pitching event | 30th November, 10:00 –12:35 CET