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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: WATER-1b-2015 | Award Amount: 8.13M | Year: 2016

INNOQUA will accelerate the path to market of a modular set of innovative, patent protected, award winning and scalable fully ecological sanitation solutions that address wide market needs in rural communities, for agricultural industries, for sustainable home-builders or collective housing owners and for developing countries worldwide. The modular system is based on the purification capacity of biological organisms (worms, zooplankton and microorganism) and sorption materials bringing ecological, safe and affordable sanitation capacity where it is needed most while fully addressing the thematic and cross cutting priorities of the EIP on Water. We will perform demonstration scale deployment and resulting exploitation of the system to include commercial development, technology integration, eco-design, controlled environment pilots (in NUI Galway facilities in Ireland and UDG facilities in Spain), real use demo sites and market uptake preparation in several EU and non-EU countries (France, Italy, Ireland, Romania, UK, Ecuador, Peru, India and Tanzania), and further preparation for post project uptake. Such an integrated solution is innovative and has not been employed in the past. This integrated but modular solution for the final reuse of wastewater is particularly attractive for small to medium remote water stressed European communities with high water demand for either agriculture and/or the conservation of natural freshwater ecosystems. The system is aimed at being a sustainable solution for zero wastewater production with the complete reuse of wastewater. The system is ideal for small to medium scale situations where an integrated solution for the treatment of wastewater is required to reduce the waste directed to surface freshwaters for the attainment of good quality water, as stated by the Water Framework Directive. The robust but efficient technologies are also ideal for deployment in markets where resources are limited and skilled staff unavailable.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: ENV.2010.3.1.1-1 | Award Amount: 9.27M | Year: 2011

The European project initiative TRUST will produce knowledge and guidance to support TRansitions to Urban Water Services of Tomorrow, enabling communities to achieve sustainable, low-carbon water futures without compromising service quality. We deliver this ambition through close collaboration with problem owners in ten participating pilot city regions under changing and challenging conditions in Europe and Africa. Our work provides research driven innovations in governance, modelling concepts, technologies, decision support tools, and novel approaches to integrated water, energy, and infrastructure asset management. An extended understanding of the performance of contemporary urban water services will allow detailed exploration of transition pathways. Urban water cycle analysis will include use of an innovative systems metabolism model, derivation of key performance indicators, risk assessment, as well as broad stakeholder involvement and an analysis of public perceptions and governance modes. A number of emerging technologies in water supply, waste and storm water treatment and disposal, in water demand management and in the exploitation of alternative water sources will be analysed in terms of their cost-effectiveness, performance, safety and sustainability. Cross-cutting issues include innovations in urban asset management and water-energy nexus strengthening. The most promising interventions will be demonstrated and legitimised in the urban water systems of the ten participating pilot city regions. TRUST outcomes will be incorporated into planning guidelines and decision support tools, will be subject to life-cycle assessment, and be shaped by regulatory considerations as well as potential environmental, economic and social impacts. Outputs from the project will catalyse transformatory change in both the form and management of urban water services and give utilities increased confidence to specify innovative solutions to a range of pressing challenges.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.2.2 | Award Amount: 3.27M | Year: 2014

Through the DRONIC project, the consortium will showcase a new, innovative blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) monitoring and treatment robotic system, that can localize hotpots of blue-green algae blooms and only treats the part of the lake which is experiencing blue-green algae bloom. Because of the direct and localized treatment, the system is environmentally friendly, with a minimal impact on the ecology of the lake.The new water robot concerns the retrieval, prevention and abatement of harmful algae blooms in lakes and in inland water reservoirs used for drinking water production.\n\nIn lakes and reservoirs, species of blue-green algae and their concentrations can vary locally due to wind or water flow direction and local variations in temperature, nutrients and depths. In lakes and reservoirs, hotspots of blue-green algal blooms can be often detected only in one area of the water body whereas other areas experience no problems due to blue-green algae. Therefore, it is important to map the algal concentration over extended at flexible, different areas in order to localize algal hotspots. The mobility of the robot will allow targeted intensive algae reduction at hotspot locations, thereby increasing the efficiency of the abatement measure.\n\nMeasurements directly related to algae concentration will be combined with measures of water quality and dimension related parameters to locate the algae, make an estimation of the local water quality and hydrographic parameters.\n\nThis new robotic approach offers the first cost-effective method to control algal blooms in larger lakes, reservoirs, canals and rivers with low water velocity (< 1 m/s). With DRONIC technology blooms of blue-green algae will be treated locally at the place where the blooms are present and there is no need to treat the complete surface of the lake or reservoir anymore. Besides that, with the local use of higher power ultrasound, also the cyanobacterial by-products like toxins can be neutralized.


SMi Group release new interview with Innovation Manager of Sutton and East Surrey Water, Jeremy Heath, ahead of his talk at the 6th Annual Smart Water Systems this April. London, United Kingdom, February 15, 2017 --( At the conference, Jeremy will discuss the smart network developments by giving an update on data collection, processing, display and mobilisation. With over 20 years of experience in the Water Industry, and a background in both mechanical engineering and database applications, Jeremy is responsible for the management of innovation within SESW. This involves both the development of an innovation culture and the introduction of new technologies into the Water Industry, in particular the Smart Water Network. This innovative network will be built on enhanced sensors, a communication layer, intelligent processing, intuitive graphical displays and workforce mobilisation. In the run up to the conference, SMi spoke to Jeremy about his work and data communications. How would you define the smart water industry from your view? "We’re still finding our way a bit. The technologies involved are really new and stitching them all together into a workable solution is a real task. It takes a challenging combination of IT, communication systems, network knowledge, data analysis and presentation solutions, and many of these are at the cutting/bleeding edge. However, there is real enthusiasm for a working solution and we are seeing some really great trials." How does Sutton & East Surrey Water prevent DRIP? "A lot of it is about data ownership. Ensure that staff make good use of the data and feel a sense of responsibility for making sure it is correct. The other key point is to process and disseminate the data as near to real time as possible. When data is trustworthy, accurate and timely, it is an invaluable tool." What improvements does the smart water industry need? "Discussions with our customers to develop the most effective use cases for the smart networks. There is a danger that we carry out this work simply because the opportunity is there, but these networks must drive both increased network knowledge and customer satisfaction." The full interview is available to read in the event download centre at http://www.smart-water-systems.com/prcom. Notable presenters at the conference include: Thames Water, Scottish Government, WaterSmart Software, United Utilities, Veolia, Northumbrian Water, Severn Trent, Southern Water, Energy Saving Trust, Irish Water, University of Exeter. Latest registered attendees for the event include: Anglian Water, Jersey Water, Thames Water, Bristol Water, South East Water, South Staffs Water, Scottish Water, Oxera, Kamstrup, Wheatley Associates Ltd, VCS Denmark, De Watergroep, RWE and Sensus UK Systems Ltd. For an example of who you could meet, please download the past attendee list from our website. For those looking to attend, there is a £100 early bird saving available online ending on 28th February 2017. SMi’s 6th annual conference: Smart Water Systems 24th - 25th April 2017 Copthorne Tara Hotel, London UK http://www.smart-water-systems.com/prcom Contact Information: Media: contact Theresa Chung on +44 (0)20 7827 6068 or email tchung@smi-online.co.uk Delegate Registration: contact Andrew Gibbons on Tel: +44 (0)20 7827 6156 / Email: agibbons@smi-online.co.uk About SMi Group Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk London, United Kingdom, February 15, 2017 --( PR.com )-- SMi Group have released an interview with Jeremy Heath, Innovation Manager at Sutton and East Surrey Water, ahead of his talk at the 6th annual Smart Water Systems conference in London on 24 and 25th April 2017.At the conference, Jeremy will discuss the smart network developments by giving an update on data collection, processing, display and mobilisation.With over 20 years of experience in the Water Industry, and a background in both mechanical engineering and database applications, Jeremy is responsible for the management of innovation within SESW. This involves both the development of an innovation culture and the introduction of new technologies into the Water Industry, in particular the Smart Water Network. This innovative network will be built on enhanced sensors, a communication layer, intelligent processing, intuitive graphical displays and workforce mobilisation.In the run up to the conference, SMi spoke to Jeremy about his work and data communications.How would you define the smart water industry from your view?"We’re still finding our way a bit. The technologies involved are really new and stitching them all together into a workable solution is a real task. It takes a challenging combination of IT, communication systems, network knowledge, data analysis and presentation solutions, and many of these are at the cutting/bleeding edge. However, there is real enthusiasm for a working solution and we are seeing some really great trials."How does Sutton & East Surrey Water prevent DRIP?"A lot of it is about data ownership. Ensure that staff make good use of the data and feel a sense of responsibility for making sure it is correct. The other key point is to process and disseminate the data as near to real time as possible. When data is trustworthy, accurate and timely, it is an invaluable tool."What improvements does the smart water industry need?"Discussions with our customers to develop the most effective use cases for the smart networks. There is a danger that we carry out this work simply because the opportunity is there, but these networks must drive both increased network knowledge and customer satisfaction."The full interview is available to read in the event download centre at http://www.smart-water-systems.com/prcom.Notable presenters at the conference include: Thames Water, Scottish Government, WaterSmart Software, United Utilities, Veolia, Northumbrian Water, Severn Trent, Southern Water, Energy Saving Trust, Irish Water, University of Exeter.Latest registered attendees for the event include: Anglian Water, Jersey Water, Thames Water, Bristol Water, South East Water, South Staffs Water, Scottish Water, Oxera, Kamstrup, Wheatley Associates Ltd, VCS Denmark, De Watergroep, RWE and Sensus UK Systems Ltd. For an example of who you could meet, please download the past attendee list from our website.For those looking to attend, there is a £100 early bird saving available online ending on 28th February 2017.SMi’s 6th annual conference:Smart Water Systems24th - 25th April 2017Copthorne Tara Hotel, London UKhttp://www.smart-water-systems.com/prcomContact Information:Media: contact Theresa Chung on +44 (0)20 7827 6068 or email tchung@smi-online.co.ukDelegate Registration: contact Andrew Gibbons on Tel: +44 (0)20 7827 6156 / Email: agibbons@smi-online.co.ukAbout SMi GroupEstablished since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from SMi Group


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: EPSRC | Program: | Phase: Training Grant | Award Amount: 3.68M | Year: 2014

The UK water sector is experiencing a period of profound change with both public and private sector actors seeking evidence-based responses to a host of emerging global, regional and national challenges which are driven by demographic, climatic, and land use changes as well as regulatory pressures for more efficient delivery of services. Although the UK Water Industry is keen to embrace the challenge and well placed to innovate, it lacks the financial resources to support longer term skills and knowledge generation. A new cadre of engineers is required for the water industry to not only make our society more sustainable and profitable but to develop a new suite of goods and services for a rapidly urbanising world. EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training provide an ideal mechanism with which to remediate the emerging shortfall in advanced engineering skills within the sector. In particular, the training of next-generation engineering leaders for the sector requires a subtle balance between industrial and academic contributions; calling for a funding mechanism which privileges industrial need but provides for significant academic inputs to training and research. The STREAM initiative draws together five of the UKs leading water research and training groups to secure the future supply of advanced engineering professionals in this area of vital importance to the UK. Led by the Centre for Water Science at Cranfield University, the consortium also draws on expertise from the Universities of Sheffield and Bradford, Imperial College London, Newcastle University, and the University of Exeter. STREAM offers Engineering Doctorate and PhD awards through a programme which incorporates; (i) acquisition of advanced technical skills through attendance at masters level training courses, (ii) tuition in the competencies and abilities expected of senior engineers, and (iii) doctoral level research projects. Our EngD students spend at least 75% of their time working in industry or on industry specified research problems. Example research topics to be addressed by the schemes students include; delivering drinking water quality and protecting public health; reducing carbon footprint; reducing water demand; improving service resilience and reliability; protecting natural water bodies; reducing sewer flooding, developing and implementing strategies for Integrated Water Management, and delivering new approaches to characterising, communicating and mitigating risk and uncertainty. Fifteen studentships per year for five years will be offered with each position being sponsored by an industrial partner from the water sector. A series of common attendance events will underpin programme and group identity. These include, (i) an initial three-month taught programme based at Cranfield University, (ii) an open invitation STREAM symposium and (iii) a Challenge Week to take place each summer including transferrable skills training and guest lectures from leading industrialists and scientists. Outreach activities will extend participation in the programme, pursue collaboration with associated initiatives, promote brand awareness of the EngD qualification, and engage with a wide range of stakeholder groups (including the public) to promote engagement with and understanding of STREAM activities. Strategic direction for the programme will be formulated through an Industry Advisory Board comprising representatives from professional bodies, employers, and regulators. This body will provide strategic guidance informed by sector needs, review the operational aspects of the taught and research components as a quality control, and conduct foresight studies of relevant research areas. A small International Steering Committee will ensure global relevance for the programme. The total cost of the STREAM programme is £9m, £2.8m of which is being invested by industry and £1.8m by the five collaborating universities. Just under £4.4m is being requested from EPSRC


Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK, 23rd August, 2016. Rezatec, a fast-growing and pioneering UK-based geospatial data analytics company, is reaching new global markets, commencing an innovative project with Australian water and sewerage utility, Unitywater. This project aims to bring water-saving analysis and insight across the globe to help Unitywater reduce water loss, improve operational efficiency and reduce below ground asset management costs. Unitywater provides water supply and sewerage services to customers in Moreton Bay, Noosa and Sunshine Coast areas, located on the east coast of Australia, just north of Brisbane, Queensland. Its priority is to provide a fast-growing customer base with a high quality, safe and reliable water supply and sewerage service that is economically and environmentally sustainable. Unitywater operates and maintains more than $AU 3.1 billion of essential service infrastructure, supplying services to more than 300,000 customers spread across a network of more than 11,000km of water mains and sewer pipes. All water companies, wherever they operate in the world, want to minimize the water lost from pipes - Unitywater is no exception. Unitywater is specifically investigating innovative methods of non-destructive, leak detection on trunk water mains (16% of their pipeline network) that do not interrupt the day-to-day service. A proportion of the Unitywater trunk water mains are located in remote bushland terrain, which means that conventional detection methods cannot be used. These ground conditions differ from those found in the UK, presenting a new challenge for the technology. As part of this approach, Unitywater is now trialling Rezatec’s pipeline leakage detection satellite data analytics service on a 200km2 area of the Sunshine Coast combining both rural and urban areas. The first phase of the project focuses on a retrospective analysis of the last 12 months’ actual leakage data in order to calibrate with Rezatec’s analytical techniques. Following a successful first phase, the second phase will be to accurately monitor and predict future pipeline leaks in a live trial. “Unitywater is a progressive organisation and we’re always looking for new and innovative methods to improve operations, keep costs as low as possible and provide an excellent service to our customers. This project fits very well with our values and our vision.” Simon Taylor, Executive Manager Infrastructure Planning & Capital Delivery, Unitywater. In order to achieve the historic and predictive analysis, Rezatec initially acquires and processes a range of Earth Observation (EO) data sets including optical and radar satellite data, and soil and weather data. Then, applying its proprietary analytical techniques, Rezatec measures anomalous vegetation growth, soil moisture fluctuations and minute variations in terrain movement to deliver an impressive data product capable of detecting and predicting pipeline leakage in order to more effectively deploy ground resources and save operational costs and inefficiencies. “Rezatec is experiencing great success providing UK water companies with valuable and cost effective tools derived from our unique geospatial data analytics. And now our expansion into the Australian market, working firstly with Unitywater, validates the global demand and application for our EO decision-support tools.” Philip Briscoe, Business Unit Director, Rezatec. In the booming UK space sector, Rezatec has developed a unique set of data products and services for the global utilities, agriculture and energy sectors, allowing truly informed decision-making in relation to land and asset management. Rezatec currently works with one third of UK water companies including Scottish Water, South West Water, Portsmouth Water and Bristol Water providing geospatial data analytics around below ground asset management, peatland restoration and management and agricultural land use diffuse pollution mapping and risk assessment. About Rezatec Rezatec™ applies new science to Earth Observation (EO) data to produce high value geospatial data analytics that substantially reduce the cost of quantifying, monitoring and verifying land use change and environmental risk. Rezatec’s unique strength lies in its ability to aggregate large amounts of diverse data from satellite, airborne and ground instruments to provide critical decision support for science and non-science users. Headquartered within the UK Space Gateway in Oxfordshire, in the UK, Rezatec customers today are spread across the utilities, agribusiness, energy, urban and forestry sectors. For more information about Rezatec visit www.rezatec.com. For editorial enquiries contact: Philip Briscoe, Marketing Director, Rezatec Limited Tel: 01235 567396, Email: philip.briscoe@rezatec.com


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: NERC | Program: | Phase: Research Grant | Award Amount: 1.19M | Year: 2014

This innovative interdisciplinary project aims to develop an easy-to-use, evidence-based resource which can be used in decision-making in drought risk management. To achieve this, we will bring together information from drought science and scenario-modelling (using mathematical models to forecast the impacts of drought) with stakeholder engagement and narrative storytelling. While previous drought impact studies have often focused on using mathematical modelling, this project is very different. The project will integrate arts, humanities and social science research methods, with hydrological, meteorological, agricultural and ecological science knowledge through multi-partner collaboration. Seven case study catchments (areas linked by a common water resource) in England, Wales and Scotland will be selected to reflect the hydrological, socio-economic and cultural contrasts in the UK. Study of drought impacts will take place at different scales - from small plot experiments to local catchment scale. Citizen science and stakeholder engagement with plot experiments in urban and rural areas will be used as stimuli for conversations about drought risk and its mitigation. The project will: (i) investigate different stakeholder perceptions of when drought occurs and action is needed; (ii) examine how water level and temperature affect drought perception; (iii) explore the impact of policy decisions on drought management; (iv) consider water users behaviours which lead to adverse drought impacts on people and ecosystems and; (v) evaluate water-use conflicts, synergies and trade-offs, drawing on previous drought experiences and community knowledge. The project spans a range of sectors including water supply; health, business, agriculture/horticulture, built environment, extractive industries and ecosystem services, within 7 case-study catchments. Through a storytelling approach, scientists will exchange cutting edge science with different drought stakeholders, and these stakeholders will, in turn, exchange their knowledge. Stakeholders include those in: construction; gardeners and allotment holders; small and large businesses; local authorities; emergency planners; recreational water users; biodiversity managers; public health professionals - both physical and mental health; and local communities/public. The stakeholder meetings will capture various data including: - different stakeholder perceptions of drought and its causes - local knowledge around drought onset and strategies for mitigation (e.g. attitudes to water saving, responses to reduced water availability) - insights into how to live with drought and increase individual/community drought resilience - the impact of alternating floods and droughts The information will be shared within, and between, stakeholder groups in the case-studies and beyond using social media. This information will be analysed, and integrated with drought science to develop an innovative web-based decision-making utility. These data will feedback into the drought modelling and future scenario building with a view to exploring a variety of policy options. This will help ascertain present and future water resources availability, focusing on past, present and future drought periods across N-S and W-E climatic gradients. The project will be as far as possible be open science - maintaining open, real-time access to research questions, data, results, methodologies, narratives, publications and other outputs via the project website, updated as the project progresses. Project outputs will include: the decision-making support utility incorporating science-narrative resources; hydrological models for the 7 case-study catchments; a social media web-platform to share project resources; a database of species responses/management options to mitigate drought/post-drought recovery at different scales, and management guidelines on coping with drought/water scarcity at different scales.


Smart Water Systems in Scotland - New Interview Released with Scottish Government SMi Group release new interview with Water Industry Group Leader, Jon Rathjen, ahead of his opening address at the 6th Annual Smart Water Systems next April. London, United Kingdom, December 17, 2016 --( Providing a Scottish perspective, Jon will be discussing the importance and value of water resources and how this can contribute to increased economic benefits. In the run up to the event, SMi Group spoke to Jon regarding his work and developments in the smart water industry. When asked to describe the Scottish smart water industry, Jon Rathjen said, “Our water industry has a huge asset base to enhance and manage and plenty of performance challenges for the future, the smart water industry sector can help understand and optimise what we have and prepare us all for the future." Commenting on the reasons why the Scottish Water Industry is very high performing, he credits Scottish low water charge rate and the framework that combines the government, independent regulation and customer input as the main factors. “Scotland faces a positive challenge to support industrial and domestic growth and to optimise performance and service for customers and in Scotland we have a public corporation that serves the whole nation of over 5 million customers across some of the UKs most beautiful and challenging landscapes. Scotland already has an active retail market for non-domestic customers and that has driven water efficiency and water use reduction technology and systems improvements, the English market is coming soon and these opportunities will gain greater focus then. The Scottish Water industry is high performing and our charges are lower on average than the rest of the UK. We also have a unique governance framework that combines Scottish Government strategic direction with independent regulation and a strong customer input.” The full interview is available to read in the event download centre at http://www.smart-water-systems.com/prcom. SMi’s 6th annual conference: Smart Water Systems 24th - 15th April 2017 Copthorne Tara Hotel, London UK Contact Information: For media enquiries, contact Theresa Chung on +44 (0)20 7827 6068 or email tchung@smi-online.co.uk To register visit the website at http://www.smart-water-systems.com/prcom or contact Andrew Gibbons on Tel: +44 (0)20 7827 6156 / Email: agibbons@smi-online.co.uk About SMi Group Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk London, United Kingdom, December 17, 2016 --( PR.com )-- SMi Group have released an interview with Jon Rathjen, Group Leader – Water Industry from the Scottish Government, ahead of his opening address at the 6th annual Smart Water Systems conference in London on 24th and 25th April 2017.Providing a Scottish perspective, Jon will be discussing the importance and value of water resources and how this can contribute to increased economic benefits.In the run up to the event, SMi Group spoke to Jon regarding his work and developments in the smart water industry.When asked to describe the Scottish smart water industry, Jon Rathjen said, “Our water industry has a huge asset base to enhance and manage and plenty of performance challenges for the future, the smart water industry sector can help understand and optimise what we have and prepare us all for the future."Commenting on the reasons why the Scottish Water Industry is very high performing, he credits Scottish low water charge rate and the framework that combines the government, independent regulation and customer input as the main factors.“Scotland faces a positive challenge to support industrial and domestic growth and to optimise performance and service for customers and in Scotland we have a public corporation that serves the whole nation of over 5 million customers across some of the UKs most beautiful and challenging landscapes. Scotland already has an active retail market for non-domestic customers and that has driven water efficiency and water use reduction technology and systems improvements, the English market is coming soon and these opportunities will gain greater focus then. The Scottish Water industry is high performing and our charges are lower on average than the rest of the UK. We also have a unique governance framework that combines Scottish Government strategic direction with independent regulation and a strong customer input.”The full interview is available to read in the event download centre at http://www.smart-water-systems.com/prcom.SMi’s 6th annual conference:Smart Water Systems24th - 15th April 2017Copthorne Tara Hotel, London UKContact Information:For media enquiries, contact Theresa Chung on +44 (0)20 7827 6068 or email tchung@smi-online.co.ukTo register visit the website at http://www.smart-water-systems.com/prcom or contact Andrew Gibbons on Tel: +44 (0)20 7827 6156 / Email: agibbons@smi-online.co.ukAbout SMi GroupEstablished since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from SMi Group


Patent
Scottish Water, Mckenzie and Duffy | Date: 2015-11-25

A backflow prevention valve (30) prevents backflow during the supply of water from a mains supply to a separate water system, for example a water tank on a boat. The backflow prevention valve (30) is provided comprising a valve body (32) defining a chamber (34), an inlet (36) opening into the chamber (34) and arranged on an inlet axis (38), an outlet (40) opening from the chamber (34) and arranged on an outlet axis (42), and a funnel arranged in the chamber (34) around the outlet (40). The outlet axis (42) is substantially collinear with the inlet axis (38). The funnel tapers from a first larger perimeter at a first end (48) to a second smaller perimeter at the outlet (40). The chamber (34) has one or more backflow outlet ports (52) arranged outside the first perimeter of the funnel.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.6.3 | Award Amount: 4.65M | Year: 2012

Improving the efficiency of water management in Europe was recognised by the EC as essential for overcoming the growing exposure of European countries to Water Scarcity and Droughts. UrbanWater proposes a platform that will enable a better end-to-end water management in urban areas, accounting for 17% of freshwater consumption in the EU.\nThe project will undertake the development, demonstration, and economic up-scaling of an innovative ICT-based platform for the efficient integrated management of water resources. The system will benefit end-users, utilities, public authorities, the environment and the general public, in terms of: (i) providing consumers with comprehensive tools enabling them to use water more efficiently thereby reducing overall consumption; (ii) helping water utilities to meet demand at reduced costs; and (iii) fostering new partnerships between water authorities, utility, equipment and software companies so as to ensure the successful commercialisation of the system and the evolution of the European water sector as a global leader.\nThe system will incorporate advanced metering solutions, real-time communication of consumption data and new data management technologies with real-time predictive capability, demand forecasting, consumption pattern interpretation, decision support systems, adaptive pricing and user empowerment solutions.\nThe UrbanWater consortium includes ICT companies, research organisations, water utilities and authorities with complementary capacities and all the know-how required to oversee the successful completion of the project. Two water distributors included in the group will undertake large-scale validations with their urban users, thus promoting a final outcome that is close to the market and to the end-users.\nThe final outcome of the project will remain open and interoperable with energy and water management schemes, thus positively impacting not only water consumption, but overall usage of natural resources across Europe.

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