A Lithuanian SME manufactures and further develops smart drainage systems. Currently, the company is providing planning services and selling the smart drainage system itself. The system reduces nutrients drainage, increased draught resistance and agricultural yields. The SME is looking for commercial or technical cooperation with agriculture equipment manufacturers.
The company was founded with the goal to reduce the nutrient pollution of water bodies coming from agriculture sector. Consequently, the company developed its solution that it implemented in Baltic states and is looking into expansion. The company is offering a complete smart-drainage system, including the planning services which is used mainly in agriculture sector to upgrade existing drainage system or be part of new drainage system to allow control of ground water level. The system allows to drain the oversupply of the water in the soil that is negatively affecting the crops, though accumulate the water at the below crop roots level which in usual drainage system would be drained. The maximum ground water level can be easily changed and the drainage itself is automatic. For heavy equipment to move freely in the fields, the ground water level may be reduced and restored after the work is completed. The system has two main benefits - reduced impact of draughts as well as reduced drainage of nutrients. The SME is looking for commercial or technical cooperation with agriculture equipment manufacturers. They are also looking forward to updating the system to more specific needs according to geographical region if needed. The main markets that could benefit by smart-drainage system are: Scandinavian countries, Denmark, Belgium, North of Germany, North of Poland and other countries with high variable humidity quantities and smooth terrain.
Type (e.g. company, R&D institution…), field of industry and Role of Partner Sought:
Lithuanian company seeks to reach commercial agreement with technical assistance with forestry and agriculture equipment manufacturers which would be able to approach the farmers to whom such system is beneficial and propose it along with explaining the benefits of smart drainage system. The planning of the system installation can be performed by the company and the installation can be carried out by the farmer himself/herself as it requires excavation only on the exit points of the drainage system thus the distributor does not need to have any capacities to install the equipment.
Stage of Development:
Already on the market
Comments Regarding Stage of Development:
Currently, the company has already sold the smart drainage system to over 40 farms in Lithuania which covers area over 1000 hectares. The company is closely monitoring the installed equipment, its performance, and the affect it has on crops to make further improvements as well as to measure the benefits of the system in different situations. The system can be installed in hilly terrain, though there is room for improvement according to different terrains that the company is looking forward to. In May of 2020, the company has signed a contract for distribution of the system with one of the largest farmers suppliers in Baltic states.
Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted
Comments Regarding IPR Status:
The company has filed patent applications for the intelligent drainage system in Lithuania, as well as WIPO and EPO applications, but currently has no active patents.