IAAC - Institute for advanced architecture of Catalonia - Barcelona

Intelligent Cities

The Valldaura Labs are currently being used as a testbed for further research and development on Self Sufficiency, Internet of Energy, Internet of Water and Digital Fabrication. Among these, Hydrogrid.


HydroGrid is a project that promotes the development of a new holistic concept of water management, considering unit-level solutions, with a multi-scalar applicability.

In relation to the current management system, Hydrogrid proposes the combination of four innovative concepts: First, management is proposed based on the diversification of water sources from the fact that not all applications require the same quality water. Second, it is proposed the concept of recycling and reuse of water, similar to the current management model in the field of waste. Third, treatment and reuse in-site. Instead of gathering all the different water flow rates and lead as a unit to centralised treatment facilities, this concept provides treatment site reuse. Fourth, provisioning intelligence in each of the scales of the water cycle to allowing the active management of consumption.

The project aims to develop a test-bed in Valldaura where all the project concepts and technologies will be put in practice in a single system.