SolarDew has developed a unique alternative to solve this problem with an affordable product that is easy to use, robust, extremely low in maintenance and only requires energy from the sun to produce clean water from saline, biological or chemically contaminated water. SolarDew’s unique technology eliminates the need to transport water over large distances.
Technology validated in relevant environment.
Fidelity of breadboard technology increases significantly. The basic technological components are integrated with reasonably realistic supporting elements so they can be tested in a simulated environment. Examples include “high-fidelity” laboratory integration of components.
SolarDew has done extensive laboratory testing on the membranes and on A4 sized prototypes under an artificial sun. SolarDew is currently developing a prototype based on the final product design which incorporates the foreseen manufacturing technologies, materials and components for field testing.

How does it work?

In essence, the technology allows water to be heated by the sun and evaporated down through a proprietary membrane to produce clean water, whilst leaving bacteria, viruses, chemicals and salt behind. Through this process of solar membrane distillation one can reduce salinity by more than 10,000x in a single step. In order to increase efficiency SolarDew has created a multi-layer system whereby energy from the 1st layer is regenerated to power the 2nd layer and so on. This dramatically increases the performance per square meter. The proprietary membrane is highly resistant to fouling ensuring constant performance and low maintenance.

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SimuRes will represent the cutting edge in research, testing, design and promotion of flood resilient construction methods and technology.
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Fidelity of breadboard technology increases significantly. The basic technological components are integrated with reasonably realistic supporting elements so they can be tested in a simulated environment. Examples include “high-fidelity” laboratory integration of components.
SimuRes is at a TRL 5 level as the results obtained from the simulations have been tested and validated using data obtained from both simulated flood tests and from surveying of real buildings that have been damaged by flooding. The results were compared illustrating reliable results on a range of construction details.

How does it work?

Adapting the use of software originally designed for the simulation of moisture in buildings, this methodology combines lab tests of materials, computer simulation of construction details and full-scale tests of construction details in a flood tank to produce validated data on the performance of new materials being developed for the protection of buildings from the damaging effects of flooding. This work has been developed over a 2 year period in collaboration with Oxford Brookes University . This is done by comparing the performance of standard materials and construction details with new materials or innovative construction detailing without assuming the restrictive costs associated with lab tests.

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Modeling future population's vulnerability to heat waves

This innovation uses a Cellular Automata-based model "Metronamica" to model a proxy indicator - urban landscape at micro (building block)-scale. Based on a number of different urban development scenarios, an allocation of urban landscape cells is used to model future social and landscape data (indicators). In the end indicators are weigthed and combined into an vulnerability index which shows which locations might be most vulnerable in the future and where decision makers should take specific action.
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Fidelity of breadboard technology increases significantly. The basic technological components are integrated with reasonably realistic supporting elements so they can be tested in a simulated environment. Examples include “high-fidelity” laboratory integration of components.
Model produced a vulnerability index for four urban development scenarios (business as usual, concentration (compact city), urban sprawl and de-central concentration) for Greater Hamburg case study on basis of 250 x 250 meters cells. Index showed a number of critical locations which might have high population's vulnerability to heat waves. Main reasons among high vulnerability was a high percentage of older population, higher percentage of welfare recipients and longer distances to hospitals.

How does it work?

This model was tested in Hamburg case study and used a proxy indicator (Urban Population's Vulnerability Zones (UPVZ)) as a basis for other indicators. UPVZ was modeled by Metronamica (cellular automata-based model). To model UPVZ there was a need to calibrate (which took most of the time) a model. Then based on experts' evaluation four different urban development scenarios were modeled and used to develop four different UPVZ allocations. Next task was to disaggregate 2000 census data by different UPVZ classes and added an assumption that this data will not change over a time. Finally data was modeled based on UPVZ allocations and was compiled into an index which showed potential population's vulnerability to heat waves in Greater Hamburg.

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The beginning of a research started 7 years ago when Hazus-MH flood model was adapted to satisfy needs of European Flood Directive - map hazard and risk maps. Later on it was adapted to international scale and it was able to perform flood risk analysis (and damage assessment) internationally. Additionally VGI functionality has been added to this application - it was able to easily acquire essential facilities, required for flood risk analysis, from VGI (Volunteer Geographic Information) systems such as Open Street Map with almost no effort.
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Fidelity of breadboard technology increases significantly. The basic technological components are integrated with reasonably realistic supporting elements so they can be tested in a simulated environment. Examples include “high-fidelity” laboratory integration of components.
HAZ-I is operational and has been tested in multiple sites: from US, Canada, to Japan, Hong Kong and other countries. Flood risk and damages were assessed and evaluated.

How does it work?

Firstly, a Hazus-MH application which is free to download, has to be installed. Second, an ESRI ArcGIS has to be installed as well. Third, a python script collection is downloaded and an ESRI ArcMap MXD document is opened where all the scripts are in place. User navigates and with few clicks creates a study region. Another functions enable user to download critical information (i.e. schools, police stations, hospitals etc.) from Open Street Map server or population data from other sources for selected region. Later on this data is added via Hazus-MH inventory. In the end user overwrites a created region on a default Hazus-MH inventory and is able to perform flood risk analysis for a custom study region not restricted by US boundaries.

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EQA-tidal. Sophisticated boat mill

The first EQA-river boat mill has been designed and built. We didn’t built a EQA-tidal yet. Building a EQA-tidal 1.0. won’t be difficult. It is in some way building a catamaran. Building a EQA-tidal 2.0. starts with D&C to include idea’s for battery storage, vertical windturbines, PVsolar and also winning wave energy. The EQA-tidal 2.0. will be an all-inclusive green energy unit. The ‘mill’ can be made of max. 15 m width. When the tide is running 2 m/sec max. or more the EQA-tidal will be a profitable investment.
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Fidelity of breadboard technology increases significantly. The basic technological components are integrated with reasonably realistic supporting elements so they can be tested in a simulated environment. Examples include “high-fidelity” laboratory integration of components.
The EQA-tidal 1.0 can be built for estuaria, tidal rivers and lagoons. The EQA-tidal is quite similar to the EQA-river, but we make the boat mill ‘salt and storm proof’. For the EQA-tidal 2.0, we integrate several ‘best practical’ techniques. It is a kind of innovative assemblage combined with new ideas.

How does it work?

Like mankind did for centuries: using water mills. What is the secret ? Make the water mill cheap and reliable. So, you have even a better business case than using turbines. And instead of turbines, with boat mills you can use a lot more surface of the tidal stream.

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MyFloodRisk (for business)

HKV has transformed the data from the EU RAIN project to provide location based flood risk profiles showing flood probability against flood depth for different climate scenarios at any given location in the EU. This information can be used by companies to assess their flood risk and the costs and benefits of flood protection measures. In particular, businesses that are under the SEVESO III Directive are provided with easy to obtain and state of the art information in a user friendly way.
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Fidelity of breadboard technology increases significantly. The basic technological components are integrated with reasonably realistic supporting elements so they can be tested in a simulated environment. Examples include “high-fidelity” laboratory integration of components.
Currently the website is available in the Netherlands and is based state-of-the-art flood risk information. The website is currebtly being translated and filled with data from the EU RAIN project.

How does it work?

The visitor is guided through multiple screens to derive the flood risk profile. The process starts by selecting a location from a map. This can be done by entering an address ot by picking the location on an interactive map. The map returns the maximum flood depth which indicates whether the location is at risk from flooding. In next step the visitor is asked to register and accept a one time payment for obtaining the flood risk profile. When this step is completed the flood risk profile is generated, presented and explained, and provided as download for further use in a report.

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ARIEL, soil moisture retrieval by microwave remote sensing

ARIEL is a microwave radiometer that provides remote soil moisture data. What cameras cannot see beyond surface, Balamis sensors can. ARIEL is a non-intrusive method able to effectively retrieve soil moisture data over small and large areas easily. ARIEL can be placed on-board aircrafts, UAVs (Unmmanned Aerial Vehicles) and ground vehicles.
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Fidelity of breadboard technology increases significantly. The basic technological components are integrated with reasonably realistic supporting elements so they can be tested in a simulated environment. Examples include “high-fidelity” laboratory integration of components.
Technology has been validated and demonstrated in lab and relevant environment (field testing campaign) with a prototype developed to fly with Cartographic Institute of Catalonia. There is an available prototype version at BALAMIS headquarters mounted on a quad motorbike. New testing activities are being currently performed to fine tune the retrieval of soil moisture.

How does it work?

ARIEL is a passive microwave radiometer based on the same technology of MIRAS sensor on-board satellite SMOS mission. It measures natural thermal emission at the microwave wavelength of 1.4 GHz, which is strongly related to the content of water in the observed target. It requires a power supply from 12 to 24V, and consumes a max. of 50W. It requires a mechanical interface with the platform to be used on. Its installation takes less than 10 min. in ground vehicles and UAVs, and needs to be homologated in aircrafts. The antenna has to be adapted to existing “holes” for Earth observation in the fuselage, and data is synchronized with other systems using an internal GPS time stamp.

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Disaster Mitigation & Response Information System

Our proposed innovative solution is an approach which relies on the collaboration between Geographic Information Systems based on Esri Technology and real-time information sharing sensors. This approach helps all the relevant agencies and institutes playing a role in every disaster phase from planning phase or preparedness, mitigation, management, damage estimation and control and also recovery from damage, closing the chain of all the phases in a disaster situation.
Technology validated in relevant environment.
Fidelity of breadboard technology increases significantly. The basic technological components are integrated with reasonably realistic supporting elements so they can be tested in a simulated environment. Examples include “high-fidelity” laboratory integration of components.
The proposed innovative solution is composed of already made, of-the-shelf, ready to be used, Industry Standard technology components such as proven commercial software and hardware as well as professional IT services to implement and configure them together in order to achieve the desired functionalities. Such solution benefits also from the proven and positive experience of past implementations in countries such as the USA, at county, state and federal level, thus providing an excellent integrated multi-tenant information platform.

How does it work?

This innovation combines the Esri Technology Platform with real-time sensor data gathering insights for all the BRIGAID thematic disasters. All of these are connected into one single platform which is then spread throughout all the organizations dealing with planning, mitigation, damage estimation, recovery and field visits. A central platform where all the data from sensors and field measurements are stored and can be accessed by all the actors involved during a disaster event.

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AdapKIT helps businesses, communities, and homeowners get climate ready. The tool provides the insights clients need to assess their vulnerability to extreme natural events, and provides risk reduction strategies through a customized set of adaptation measures prioritized according to their specific needs, opportunities and risks. Beginning with innovative remote sensing technology, AdapKIT quantifies potential short-term financial losses and provides personalized solutions to be implemented.
Technology validated in relevant environment.
Fidelity of breadboard technology increases significantly. The basic technological components are integrated with reasonably realistic supporting elements so they can be tested in a simulated environment. Examples include “high-fidelity” laboratory integration of components.
AdapKIT was today developed for an initial case study for the city of Torino (Italy). Through that effort, a prototype of the tool was developed and presented in an international conference in Helsinki in September 2017. The demonstration included an Urban Heat Island analysis which was analyzed together with the exposure portfolios. A survey template was developed and the associated adaptation report was produced. All the basic technological components were developed and tested in this case study. Future developments will be tested during subsequent case studies.

How does it work?

AdapKIT is a web-based interface developed to evaluate hazards, exposure and adaptation. GeoAdaptive offers clients a personal login to access the platform and run their analysis. Users provide custom input data defining the hazard of interest with spatial data on specific exposure portfolios (population or infrastructure). The tool enables users to identify the most exposed elements and download a customized report for their study area. Finally, the tool offers a survey which is used to personalize the adaptation analysis. In fact, the user can also generate a report that identifies and prioritizes which adaptation measures can be implemented, offering a preliminary ranking of the suitability for the specific hazard and scale of interest.

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EFESTO is an artificial intelligence system, mounted on a drone, that carries out continuous aerial monitoring of forest areas. It is able to predict the development of fires and intercept them. It can send alerts about hazardous situations by sending images and GPS coordinates directly to the smartphone of rescuers and law enforcement.
Technology validated in relevant environment.
Fidelity of breadboard technology increases significantly. The basic technological components are integrated with reasonably realistic supporting elements so they can be tested in a simulated environment. Examples include “high-fidelity” laboratory integration of components.
The solution is based on 2 components: 1) A technology that permits to collect the data coming from different sensors installed on board of a drone, and which allows reliable data transfer on the internet; 2) A remote platform that allows to process the data sent from the drone. The technology was developed by our team and it has been tested and validated by researchers of the University of Catania and then assembled on board of a drone. Data collected during drone flights and in laboratory have shown similar results on operation, reliability and performance. The remote platform has been tested by researchers at the University of Catania using repertoire images. These tests have given excellent results. It was also tested by receiving images sent directly by the drone during flights; results show that there is room for some improvement.

How does it work?

A drone equipped with thermocamera, temperature and humidity sensors, and electronic probe which constantly scours the forest area and transmits a film including GPS coordinates to the artificial intelligence system. When the drone sensors detect abnormal heat sources, smoke or flames, it alerts firefighters via SMS / CALL / MAIL.Through the app, the operator can view the video in real time, evaluate the severity of the situation, identify the location of the event and alert the firefighters. During the fire extinguishing operations, the drone continues to communicate thermal imaging and GPS coordinates of critical areas to the operators in order to optimize an appropriate response.

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