• en
  • fr
  • pt-br
  • es

10 ways Aqua-4D is a winner for your business and the planet

by | Feb 20, 2019 | Media - News |


Hot on the heels of Aqua-4D’s appearance in the innovation final at the Climate Show in Lausanne, here’s a closer look at how this Swiss Cleantech company’s technology can save all kinds of natural – and monetary – resources, while contributing to both sustainable agriculture and sustainable development. 

In no particular order, here’s 10 reasons why Aqua-4D is a win-win for agribusiness and the planet.

1. Higher yields, less resources

Growers across the world (literally, from Holland to Argentina to Turkey) have observed higher yields and export quality, as plants are able to optimize their absorption of water and minerals.

Right: hydroponically-grown lettuces in Brazil, a particularly visual example.


2. Water savings

The system subtly changes the physical structure of the irrigation water prior to it reaching the crops. Water clusters decrease in size, reducing surface tension, which leads to better water retention in the soil and penetration into micro-pores. This means moist soil, happy plants and ~25% less irrigation water.

3. Chemical-free unclogging

Clusters of problematic limescale, algae and biofilm deposits are reduced in size in the same way, meaning they do not adhere to the sides of pipes or drippers, and existing deposits are simply flushed away. No need for chemicals and no more build-up of potentially harmful bacteria.

4. Low power consumption

The system uses only as much power as a standard 10W lamp, and can be easily fixed up to solar panel arrays. The result?  All these benefits with negligible impact on energy consumption and electricity bills. 

Left: installation in Arizona, USA


5. Fertilizer efficiency

Through the same principles which lead to water savings, fertilizer efficiecy is boosted as the system enables a more effective dissolution of fertilizer in the water. This means more effective nutrient uptake by the plant, and average of 30% less fertilizer applied. 

6. Non-invasive nematode control

Aqua-4D’s proprietary technology has the added benefit of repelling nematodes. They remain distracted, confused and stay away from the root area. Effective, non-invasive, long-lasting treatment with less need for nematicides or steaming – saving money, time and soil health. See here for how this works in practice.

7. Responsible manufacturing

Aqua-4D manages all production of its systems in-house at the Swiss headquarters. This allows the company to be in complete control of both the manufacturing and after-sales process. 

8. Long-lasting and durable

The system is effectively plug-and-play, built to last and requires minimal maintenance. This saves both time and labor costs.

9. Promotes sustainable agriculture

Through an impressive leaching effect, the system can bring new life back to land blighted by soil salinity. In the case of Brazil’s Agricola Famosa, this saved significant time and money in not needing to relocate melon production to a new field and allowed them to continue irrigating with their brackish water. On top of the water savings and fertilizer savings, this is sustainable agriculture for the 21st century.

10. Be part of Ag 4.0

Agriculture 4.0 is all about integrating technology in order to optimize production while saving precious resources. By implementing groundbreaking technology like Aqua-4D’s, you can set yourself apart from others around you and set yourself up for the coming years and decades.

Stay ahead of the game – your crops and your wallet will thank you.

Co-Founder, Walter Thut, making adjustments at an installation in Blossom Hill, California.
Aqua-4D agronomists conducting measurements on a client visit in Spain.

2Grow’s real-time measurements meet Aqua4D’s optimized greenhouse irrigation

      “As we say in Holland, measuring is knowing,” says 2Grow co-founder Olivier Begerem with a knowing smile. “In horticulture there are still too many things being done based on assumptions, still too many mistakes being made. In our opinion it’s time to stop...

Aqua4D solves clogging and saves water in French flower greenhouse

    Morel Diffusion is a cyclamen seed producer, known worldwide for its colourful varieties. Headquartered in Frejus, southeastern France, their site covers a greenhouse area of 3 ha and 5000 m2 dedicated to R&D. Despite their business success, their production was...

Chile’s National Irrigation Commission visit Aqua-4D project

      After meeting recently at an industry event at the Swiss Embassy in Santiago, the National Irrigation Commission (CNR) were intrigued to find out more about how Aqua-4D can help alleviate Chile’s growing water crisis. Chile is amongst the nations with the...

Precision irrigation solutions from the heart of Switzerland

  With academic origins at an alpine university and now headquartered in the wine and ski region of Valais, Aqua-4D is Swiss through and through. But it goes much deeper than just the red and white flag. This part of the world is renowned for clockwork precision, so...

Salinity solution saves mango crops in Brazil

  The São Francisco Valley is one of Brazil’s “fruit baskets”, producing most of the country’s grape and mango exports.  It historically attracted settlers from all over the world to grow on its land, and for good reason: 300 days of sun a year here allow several...

0 Comments