The BISITE research group from the University of Salamanca is working with Korean scientists on a project that aims to optimize excess energy from power plants by using it in greenhouses, explained the respective directors of each research team, Hyun Jeo and Juan Manuel Corchado.

The goal of the project is to take advantage of any electric power not used in power plants, such the Dangin plant in South Korea, and provide heat to the greenhouses in the area. The BISITE team has contributed the system management design and the sensory system required to carry out the project.

BISITE has spent several years working on an artificial intelligence application for agribusiness, particularly in automating tasks such as watering the crops or feeding confined animals. As a result of this experience, the group established a partnership agreement with the Agriculture IT Convergence Support Center from the Sunchon National University of Korea.

In fact, Hyun Joe, the director of the center, visited Salamanca a few months ago for a first-hand glimpse into the experience and capabilities of BISITE in the application of ICT to rural areas. And just a few days ago Juan Manuel Corchado, was able to study the work of his Korean counterparts during a visit of the Dangin power plant in the western region of the country, where heavy industry and agribusiness coexist side by side.

As a result of this partnership, the universities of Salamanca and Sunchon, together with Daegu University, Jeju National University, and the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, participated in a research project funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union for the development of a new ambient intelligence system and a task automation system for areas such as energy, health, tourism, and agribusiness, among others.

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