The contest is usually held during the annual Irrigation Show and Education Week, but this year the IA hosted it online. By going virtual, the new products and technologies entered in the contest were given expanded coverage through dedicated product profile pages on the IA’s Education Week+ website.
Thirty-one new products and technologies were entered in five categories. Products were evaluated based on innovation, design quality, increased water/resource-use efficiency, ease of use and product life expectancy. Contest judges were experienced professionals with technical knowledge and industry expertise. Official judging was conducted via Zoom Nov. 16-17.
The new product contest has been the best place to see the hottest new irrigation and lighting products and technologies to hit the market in the last year.
This year’s contest includes entries in the following categories:
- agriculture irrigation
- landscape irrigation
- landscape lighting
- specialty agriculture irrigation
- specialty landscape irrigation
We are proud to communicate that the winner of the landscape specialty category is E-Sport with Ribbed PE Hose by Irriland SRL. E-Sport is a self-propelled solar-powered traveling sprinkler with innovative low friction coefficient tube. The eco-friendly machine is completely activated by an electric motor powered by solar energy, and with a series of batteries it can be operated 24/7, 365 days a year.
The ribbed pipe is a new product on the market for which IRRILAND holds the patent. The development took place after deducing, from experience in the field, that a particularly worn pipe (SCRATCHED) becomes smoother as the coefficient of friction in the field decreases. Based on this, we decided to produce pipes with a grooved profile.
This further recognition only confirms the commitment and research that our staff has been carrying out in recent years to achieve increasingly cutting-edge and eco-sustainable products.