Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Aquaduct NZ wins IrrigationNZ Innovation Award

9 April 2014

Aquaduct NZ wins IrrigationNZ Innovation Award

Aquaduct NZ and its entrepreneurial founder Gerard van den Bosch took out the highly-sought-after 2014 IrrigationNZ Innovation Award at its biennial conference in Napier last night.

Aquaduct’s entry (alongside associate company Bosch Irrigation Ltd) included its ground-breaking solution for the manufacture of irrigation pipe for Valetta Irrigation Scheme’s new 84km underground pipe network.

A factory to produce pipe on-site was created in a paddock within the scheme’s boundaries slashing welding requirements by 80% and reducing installation time and costs. The company supplied over 80km of pipe in sizes from 1.6m diameter to 200mm - in lengths up to 250 metres. The factory is New Zealand’s largest capacity plant pumping out 5800 tonnes of pipe in 60 days.

Other innovative aspects of Aquaduct’s involvement with Valetta included machinery designed and adapted specifically for the Canterbury Plain’s unique cobblestone conditions and vibrating technology which perfectly bedded the irrigation scheme’s pipe network greatly increasing its longevity.

Mr van den Bosch said the future of sustainable world development would rely on clean water and energy and Valetta’s piped gravity-fed irrigation scheme created and delivered efficient use of both.

“The main driver for the Valetta project was the desire to eliminate water loss and allow 37% more land to be irrigated from same quantity of water. The use of gravity to reduce pumping and save the farmers huge production costs was also a strong motivation. The lost economic potential from the open channels was an irresistible challenge and meeting the challenges required multifaceted innovations and efficiencies,” says Mr van den Bosch.

The judging panel of former IrrigationNZ CEO Terry Heiler, Magdy Mohssen, Andy McFarlane and Tony Devries said while the top four finalists were all of very high quality, Aquaduct’s win was a clear result based on its potential for large scale adoption with significant efficiency gains and a long life span.

IrrigationNZ CEO Andrew Curtis says Aquaduct deserved national recognition for setting the bar high for other irrigation schemes.

“The newly piped scheme which only opened last month provides better water allocation through the gravity-fed pressurised pumps which improves water efficiency and the amount of land that can be irrigated in this part of Mid Canterbury. What Aquaduct and Mr van den Bosch achieved was literally a world-first manufacturing pipe on-site. Their contributions to reduce the environmental footprint of the scheme can’t be overlooked either,” says Mr Curtis.

Aquaduct NZ beat off stiff competition from fellow finalists FieldNET and K-line G-Set to win the award. FieldNET have created new irrigation management technology which drastically reduce the use of water, time and labour when scheduling irrigation. FieldNET by Lindsay and FieldMAP Online give growers greater remote control over their entire irrigation operation, resulting in better use of resources and greater yields.

K-Line G-SET is a low maintenance irrigation system perfect for use on awkward-shaped terrain and steep hills as it offers more flexibility where terrain or field shape causes problems for traditional irrigation. Operating via a solar-powered battery system, the G-Set system sits just high enough above the ground for its sprinklers to work efficiently but low enough so stock don’t rub on it.

Highly commended this year was IQ-H2 for its pod irrigation system. Particularly useful for hill country use, this system is designed to apply the correct amount of water to the right areas on paddocks without run off. Taking into account soil moisture and evapo- transpiration rates, topography and environmental factors, the IQ-H2 system aims to reduce nutrient run off due to its more targeted application.

IrrigationNZ is the national body representing irrigators and the irrigation industry. Its mission is to promote excellence in irrigation throughout New Zealand.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Company Results: Air NZ Rides The Tourism Boom With Record Full-Year Earnings

Air New Zealand has ridden the tourism boom and staved off increased competition to deliver the best full-year earnings in its 76-year history. More>>

ALSO:

New PGP: Sheep Milk Industry Gets $12.6M Crown Funding

The Sheep - Horizon Three programme aims to develop "a market driven, end-to-end value chain generating annual revenues of between $200 million and $700 million by 2030," according to a joint statement. More>>

ALSO:

Half Full: Fonterra Raises Forecast Milk Price

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited today increased its 2016/17 forecast Farmgate Milk Price by 50 cents to $4.75 per kgMS. When combined with the forecast earnings per share range for the 2017 financial year of 50 to 60 cents, the total payout available to farmers in the current season is forecast to be $5.25 to $5.35 before retentions. More>>

ALSO:

Keep Digging: Seabed Ironsands Miner TransTasman Tries Again

The first company to attempt to gain a resource consent to mine ironsands from the ocean floor in New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone has lodged a new application containing fresh scientific and other evidence it hopes will persuade regulators after their initial application was turned down in 2014. More>>

Wool Pulled: Duvets Sold As ‘Premium Alpaca’ Mostly Sheep’s Wool

Rotorua business Budge Collection Limited (Budge) and sole director, Sun Dong Kim, were convicted and fined a total of $71,250 in Auckland District Court after each pleading guilty to four charges of misrepresenting how much alpaca fibre was in their duvets. More>>

Reserve Bank: Labour Calls For Monetary Policy To Expand Goals

Labour's comments follow a speech today by RBNZ governor Graeme Wheeler in which Wheeler sought to answer critics who variously say he should stop lowering interest rates, lower them faster, or that inflation-targeting should no longer be the primary goal of the central bank's activities. More>>

ALSO:

BSA Extension And Sunday Morning Ads: Digital Convergence Bill Captures Online Content

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams has today announced the Government’s plans to update the Broadcasting Act to better reflect today’s converged market... The Government considered four areas as part of its review into content regulation: classification requirements, advertising restrictions, election programming and contestable funding. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news