The honey olive grove

The honey olive grove is an agro-landscape concept consisting in the association of olive trees and aromatic bushes which act as sinks of water and sediments, and barriers against flooding and soil erosion.
Technology validated in lab.
Basic technological components are integrated to establish that they will work together. This is relatively “low fidelity” compared with the eventual system. Examples include integration of “ad hoc” hardware in the laboratory.
Several technical reports and dissemination papers have been published. Some farmers and private companies are currently testing the concept at small scale.

How does it work?

The landscaping concept consists of a polyculture agrosystem integrated by a mixture of olive trees linearly aligned, and blocks of aromatic bushes which are located among the trees and which would act as physical barriers for collecting water (rain and runoff), and preventing flooding and soil erosion. In hillslopes, aromatic bushes could be strategically located to act similarly as traditional terraces.

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Albania Alert -EWS-

Albania Alert (EWS) is an APP for the dissemination of warnings in the Albanian territory. Inputs to the APP are collected from the NCFMNR. This APP, which can be installed smartphones with a GPS system, is able to provide risk warnings where the user is located. The APP retrieves the detailed descriptions provided by the National Center, and can also include more details for specific areas inside the prefectures and additional advices for inhabitants or travelers.
Technology validated in lab.
Basic technological components are integrated to establish that they will work together. This is relatively “low fidelity” compared with the eventual system. Examples include integration of “ad hoc” hardware in the laboratory.
From a technological point of view, there are no limitations for the application of this innovation. The connection between the different components has been proven with other similar applications that could work together.

How does it work?

Every day the Albanian National Center for Forecast and Monitoring of Natural Risks publishes a bulletin at 12:00, describing the natural hazards. The warning messages disseminated with the APP can help to prevent or reduce human and socio-economic impacts/damages due to disasters. Dissemination of the information in time and in the correct place is the core of the EWS in Albania. Creation of a mobile APP for the dissemination of these warnings would provide much more information. This APP installed in smartphones will divide the Albanian territory in 12 areas (prefecture levels). Based on the the location of the user (GPS), the APP informs about the status of the natural risks that are affecting this area/location.

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V.E.R.A. project

Save every year at least 25% of the potable water consumption, combining ancient technology and processing power of GIS. Water saving is met by gathering, for all the non potable use, rain water fallen on the roof of the building and storing it in special tanks. The engineering design is wide range and smart: it creates a demand-harvesting capacity map that combines Comunity’s requirements, citizen water demand, rainwater harvesting capacity and hydraulic security.
Technology validated in lab.
Basic technological components are integrated to establish that they will work together. This is relatively “low fidelity” compared with the eventual system. Examples include integration of “ad hoc” hardware in the laboratory.
Most of the components (collection of information, rainfall simulation, engineering tank design and sizing, upscaling of water saving potential) have been formulated and integrated into an unique toolbox. Computer-based simulation tests have been performed in the Venice districts (25 municipalities), and the modeling strategy validated. The innovation need further development to test the technical combination of ancient and GIS-spatial analysis technologies. Computer simulations need to be validated against on-site experimental tests.

How does it work?

V.E.R.A aims to reduce the negative effects of future scenarios of water scarcity by reducing the domestic water consumption by 25% yearly. This is reached combining the old technology of the ancient Repubblica Serenissima di Venezia with spatial analysis and GIS technologies. Saving is obtained gathering rainwaters fallen on the roof of the buildings, and storing it in reservoirs. Each system is designed and sized according a demand-harvesting capacity map which takes the water demand of each building type and its location. V.E.R.A. combines comunity’s and citizen water requirements, neighborhood’s rainwater harvesting capacities and the district’s hydraulic security.

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New growing system for food vertical farming

This solution consists of a cultivation system on opposite stages developed with aero-hydroponic technology (off-ground and no soil) and a controlled sterile environment (temperature, humidity, light, nourishment). The system integrates specific LED lamps and indoor microclimate control which make possible to manage seasonal and night-time cycles, to optimize production capacity, to reduce water consumption by 90%, and to cancel the use of anti-fungal agents.
Technology validated in lab.
Basic technological components are integrated to establish that they will work together. This is relatively “low fidelity” compared with the eventual system. Examples include integration of “ad hoc” hardware in the laboratory.
Laboratory testing of the prototype components for growth process has been performed.

How does it work?

A semi-automated indoor planting system is based on technological racks capable of handling all the stages of plant growth developed in germination chambers. The racks contain, support and communicate with other technology/plant components integrated into the system, such as the nutrient pumping system, the recovery circuit, the blue spectrum lighting system, and a complete monitoring system integrated by growth sensors, moving cameras installed on rails, etc. As a whole, the system is able to generate an eco-efficient and bioclimatic architectural body consisting of different blocks, each one for a growth phase, which are linked among them by a computerized-driven building service that stimulates and accelerates the ecological growth of plant-specific organisms through an aero-hydroponic cultivation technology.

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Bathymetry measurements with Fishfinders

The product uses low-cost devices (fishfinders) to measure bed levels, process the data into bathymetric maps and make the data easily available for the user. This creates a low-cost alternative for bathymetric surveys, so frequent depth information will be accesible to authorities or shipping companies in case of droughts or floods.
Technology validated in lab.
Basic technological components are integrated to establish that they will work together. This is relatively “low fidelity” compared with the eventual system. Examples include integration of “ad hoc” hardware in the laboratory.
The Fishfinder component is already on the market, and has proven to be robust. However applications in depth mapping are very limited, and the accuracy is not validated. Some tests are available, but only show the concept works in relatively calm environments (lakes). Applications in other environments and lab studies of accuracy are not available, and are being initiated at the moment. Data dissimination and improvement of the GPS/depth accuracy have not been tested yet.

How does it work?

Fishfinders are used by anglers to find fish, but also record water depth. Therefore they can be used to produce 2D depth maps of rivers, channels or reservoirs. We develop a product that uses these low-cost devices to measure bed levels, process the data into bathymetric maps and make the data easily available for the user. The user can upload Fishfinder measurements to a web portal. In the webservice we add more precise GPS and depth readings by smart postprocessing of the signal from the Fishfinder and convert the data to bathymetric maps. The maps can be downloaded in the desired format.

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Action plan in case of dike failure

The methodology will include a framework for action plans and illustrations of the methodology in one or more study cases. The action plan will include: description of conditions (hydrological, topographic, geotechnical data), potential causes of dike failure, and hypotheses about possible damages to dikes. The hypotheses will be based on the size of the flood, the area in which the dike is prone to failure and the size of the breach.
Technology validated in lab.
Basic technological components are integrated to establish that they will work together. This is relatively “low fidelity” compared with the eventual system. Examples include integration of “ad hoc” hardware in the laboratory.
Testing plan completed
The testing plan and the BRIGAID’s Testing Innovation Framework (TIF) has been rightly applied and finished. The TRL of the innovation has been effectively reached.
Business plan completed
The BRIGAID Business Development Programme has been successfully completed. A MAF+ assessment has been conducted and its results have been enriched and incorporated into a business plan document.
The methodology is currently being developed and will be tested in case studies. These case studies are considered as "lab tests". Future ambitions for operational testing include validating the methodology through flood emergency excersises with involvement of authorities and the population.

How does it work?

Flood protection dikes can be subject to increased failure probabilities during floods, especially for floods that may last for months (such as the Danube River). The methodology underlying the action plan provides a clear structure to include information such as the possible failure mechanisms (the breaches that can be formed and the time of their formation), their propagation in the exposed area, the maximum flood extent for different failure mechanisms, and the effective actions that can be taken by responsible authorities. The action plan will be used when probability of dike failure increases. Depending on the real situation (the size of the flood, zone were possible failure of dike, the breach/ brake mode, etc.), the authorities will have the possibility to choose from the presented options in the plan, which increases the effectiveness of disaster management and reduces flood damages.

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Really cooling water bodies in cities

We provide design professionals involved in the design of cities with prototypes of water bodies and their environment that actually do cool the cities.
Technology validated in lab.
Basic technological components are integrated to establish that they will work together. This is relatively “low fidelity” compared with the eventual system. Examples include integration of “ad hoc” hardware in the laboratory.
The innovation represents spatial prototypes / design recommendations and they will always have to be adapted to a site-specific context. They can thus not be marked as a normal product. The prototypes are tested against all relevant criteria (cooling, water retention, usability/ functionality, health aspects and aesthetics).

How does it work?

Urban designers, landscape architects, architects and civil engineers will apply the design prototypes in making new waterbodies and refurbishing existing waterbodies. We expect that the water bodies in the city that are based on our prototypes will have a larger cooling effect on the urban environment than most current water bodies.

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All4Elevation wants to provide accurate and affordable elevation data through combining smartphones, satellite navigation and the power of the crowd. Together with the European Space Agency we are developing a crowdsourced mobile application which allows to turn smartphones into “smart sensors” being able to conduct elevation measurements by utilising potentially millions of phones.
Technology validated in lab.
Basic technological components are integrated to establish that they will work together. This is relatively “low fidelity” compared with the eventual system. Examples include integration of “ad hoc” hardware in the laboratory.
The idea of crowdsourced elevation data originated in 2016 with which we applied for the European Space Navigation Competition (ESNC) and won the Dutch regional prize. Beginning of 2017 we applied for the European Space Agency (ESA) Business Incubation program in The Netherlands to which we got accepted and which now supports us with technical, business and monetary incentives regarding product development. The product development grant from the ESA was used to develop a Proof of Principle of our innovation in collaboration with CGI. Accordingly we situate our innovation between TRL 4 and 5 at the moment.

How does it work?

Our innovation is based on three pillars: 1. A mobile application which allows smartphones to collect relevant satellite navigation data necessary to derive an elevation point and send this data to our database 2. Our global database receiving the data from the crowdsourced application, combining the measurements with existing data and enriching it with dedicated algorithms 3. An online web interface presenting and offering the elevation data to our customers

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