The Living Lab is strategically situated in the province of Almeria, nestled in the southeastern region of Spain, amidst the vibrant landscapes of Andalusia. Spanning an impressive area of 8774 km2, our specific farm is located in the coastal region of the province, offering breathtaking views of the serene expanse of the Mediterranean Sea. It’s worth noting that Almeria boasts a vast expanse of 31,614 hectares dedicated to the same type of agriculture, predominantly comprising small family farms.
At the heart of our Living Lab lies the exploration and testing of the Agroconnect infrastructure. This innovative experimental greenhouse is equipped with an array of cutting-edge features, including natural ventilation, a reversible heat pump for precise temperature control (both heating and cooling), a biomass boiler for sustainable energy generation, and a patented system for recovering CO2 from flue gases to enrich the atmosphere.
Harnessing the power of renewable energy, our greenhouse integrates solar thermal generation systems and solar photovoltaics with batteries. The facility also utilises liquid CO2 for enrichment, alongside sophisticated systems for humidification, dehumidification, and state-of-the-art LED lights, ensuring optimal growth conditions for crops. To complement its sustainability-focused infrastructure, the Living Lab proudly houses two desalination systems: reverse osmosis and membrane distillation.
Our Living Lab pursues several key objectives. First and foremost, we aim to foster stakeholder learning and engagement with the Nexus system—an interconnected approach that encompasses the intricate relationships between water, energy, and food production. Additionally, we run a comprehensive demo program for farmers, empowering them with knowledge and strategies to enhance their agricultural practices, ultimately promoting sustainable farming methods. Lastly, we actively collaborate with other actors in the supply chain, sharing valuable information and promoting sustainable production methods that add value across the entire ecosystem.