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Optimal Design of Pressurized Irrigation Networks to Minimize the Operational Cost under Different Management Scenarios

Abstract

The adoption of measures leading to higher efficiencies in the use of both water and energy in water distribution networks is strongly demanded. The methodology proposed combines a multi-objective approach and a financial analysis to determine de optimal design of pressurized irrigation networks which entails the minimization of both the investment cost and operational cost under three operating scenarios that incorporate energy saving strategies: 1- all hydrants operate simultaneously; 2- hydrants are grouped into sectors and irrigation turns are established; 3- the on-demand operation of the network is assumed. This methodology has been applied in a real irrigation network located in Southern Spain showing that the lowest overall design cost (investment and operational costs) is achieved in scenario 2. The comparison of the selected solutions in the three proposed scenarios with the current network design considering the total fulfillment of irrigation requirements showed that operational cost savings between 65% and 76% could be achieved.

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This research is part of the TEMAER project (AGL2014-59747-C2-2-R), funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

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Fernández García, I., Montesinos, P., Camacho Poyato, E. et al. Optimal Design of Pressurized Irrigation Networks to Minimize the Operational Cost under Different Management Scenarios. Water Resour Manage 31, 1995–2010 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11269-017-1629-2

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Keywords

  • Water distribution systems
  • Irrigation networks
  • Optimization
  • Energy efficiency