Optimal network design of solar pump stations for irrigation: Polytechnic University scientific team has received APPEAR program grant from the Austrian Development Fund

Optimal network design of solar pump stations for irrigation: Polytechnic University scientific team has received APPEAR program grant from the Austrian Development Fund

The scientific group of the Head of NPUA Chair of Computer Systems and Networks Gagik Kirakosyan and the scientific team of Graz University of Austria headed by the Professor Rudolf Hazei, has received APPEAR program grant for  ‘Optimal network design of solar pump stations for irrigation’ program. Head of the Grant Programs and Fundraising Division Ani Mamikonyan is also in the scientific group as well as lecturer of the Chair of Computer Systems and Networks Gagik Kirakosyan.

APPEAR program assists the implementation of sustainable development goals. The general aim is to strengthen the scientific base and institutional capacities in the higher education of the partner countries, in the sphere of research and management through the academic partnership with higher institutions of Austria and provision of master and doctoral scholarships in sciences. Moreover, APPEAR program strives to improve the international cooperation and advancement in higher education institutions of Austria. It is carried out in 11 prioritized countries of ADC program and in main regions that are in East Africa, Western and Southern Africa, in South Asia, Middle East, South Caucasus and Southeast Europe.

“The aim of the grant on ‘Optimal network design of solar pump stations for irrigation’ is to design and install optimal network systems of water pump stations in Armenia that will allow utilizing the water resources efficiently. The topical direction is “Nature protection and natural resource management, mitigation of climate change and its consequences, ecosystem protection, utilization of natural resources, sustainable electricity, water and sanitation”.

“The application of this system will allow us to establish optimal networks that will enable us to distinguish the drinking and irrigation water and use it accordingly. Studies have been carried out in Ararat valley and we found out that water losses are huge. Our scientific team will design the prototype of water pump stations, and our Austrian partners will do the mathematical modeling. Professor of Graz University Rudolf Haze will share with the Polytechnic University team his best experience in the sphere of mathematical modeling of water pump stations” – Ani Mamikonyan pointed out.

The Polytechnic University team has received the preliminary funding that will last 4 months. The aim of this small project is to design a joint program offer for APPEAR academic partnership. We actively work in this direction. The next stage will be the academic partnership that will last up to 4 years depending on the competition. Our university will have huge inclusion in the design of this program in the coming stages. As Ani Mamikonyan pointed out, the program can solve the problems on state level.

As the leader of the scientific team Kirakosyan pointed out, the correct management and utilization of irrigation waters is a problem all over the world including Armenia.

“The goal of our scientific work is to assist the owners of lands to irrigate their land cheaper without damaging the environment. Power energy is the sphere producing the highest portion of greenhouse gases in the world so if we utilize the energy as little as possible it will damage the environment less. This program will enable us to increase the number of lands irrigated in Armenia with all its advantages. We will inquire from the population on it and we have already spoken to Pambak community about the inquiry processes. Based on the quantity of water and current problems, the Austrian side will decide and model the places there the solar stations should be located. Afterwards, we will try to manage the waters through special systems, its quantity, amount, speed etc.” – Mr. Kirakosyan pointed out.