Neptune Solutions Modular Flood Barrier System

The modular barrier system can be deployed to stop flood water, and can be laid in different shapes and geometries to build holding tanks. It is available in different heights: 1.0-1.5m, 1.5-2.0m, 2.0-3.0m, 3.0-4.5m. The barrier can be deployed manually with minimum or small machineries. The small barriers (1.0-2.5m) can take 20 minutes, and the large barrier about 3hr, if the screw piles are already installed. Small or medium sizes lifting machineries are required to ease the lifting.
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The system has been tested in a specially built/bespoke site. It passed all the theoretical and experimental tests. Also see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbCEcznwnxA

How does it work?

Neptune Solutions system is a modular structure, made from box section and bars. It is fixed on screw piles which are impeded into the ground. The structure has panels which act as a wall. The screw piles are fixed to the ground by either using manual tool, for the small barrier, or small driving machine, for the medium and large barriers. The depth of the piles depend on the ground conditions/layers, the nature of the application, and what size of barrier is used. The screw piles can be between 1.0m to 3.0m. The screw piles can be installed on any surface ground. A training has been developed with all the required documents and can be provided.

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I-REACT (Improving Resilience to Emergencies through Advanced Cyber Technologies) is a Horizon 2020 3-year project (2016-2019) funded by the European Commission under the Secure Society Work Programme (DRS-1-2015). I-REACT aims to develop a solution through the integration and modelling of data coming multiple sources. Information from European monitoring systems, earth observations, historical information, and weather forecasts will be combined with data gathered by new technological developments created by I-REACT.
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All the I-REACT solutions are operational, meaning that the web-based application for control centers as well as the UAV system are up and running and features a Cloud-based deployment that guarantees availability and reliability. All data streams are operational, meaning that I-REACT regularly receives early warnings for extreme weather events, floods, fires, and weather forecasts. The social media monitoring works 24/7 on 8 hazards and 4 languages (English, Italian, Spanish, Finnish) and the mobile app will be launched in the Android and Apple Stores in Oct 2018. The I-REACT solutions have been already demonstrated three times with real stakeholders (civil protections, monitoring agencies, fire fighters) in simulated in-field exercises also at international level.

How does it work?

I-REACT integrates existing services, both local and European, into a platform that supports the entire emergency management cycle. In particular, I-REACT will implement a multi-hazard system with a focus on floods, fires and extreme weather events, as they are the most impacting natural hazard affected by climate change. I-REACT supports three key emergency management phases, i.e. prevention, preparedness and response phases.

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Maptionnaire in Albania

The Maptionnaire questionnaire service runs solely on Amazon Web Services (AWS), which is a cloud provider known for its security. Datacenter is located in Ireland, EU, and Maptionnaire complies with the safe harbor directive of EU. The AWS data center physical security is described in the following Amazon Security Whitepaper: https://d0.awsstatic.com/whitepapers/aws-security-whitepaper.pdf.
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The tool exist but the method to evaluate the flooding event and to aware the citizen need to be develop further. Albania has the problem to develop this tool.

How does it work?

Maptionnaire® is a unique SaaS service for creating, administering, and publishing map based questionnaires and for collecting geographical survey data. The service consists of following elements: Editor,Maptionnaire® organization maintenance,Data upload and analysis, Permission to use Maptionnaire® online analysis tool,Base maps, Maintenance.

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Rainwater in kindergarten

Before using the collected rainwater, the quantity collected during the first rainfall should not be introduced into the system (on deposits and for use). Then, before the use of the collected rainwater, the rainwater reservoir will be verified, if they do not collect impurities. Their purification will be performed and a complete cycle of purification will be carried out with rain water.
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A pilot case this innovation is done in one Kindergarten in Tirana, the extent of this innovation should be to develop the innovation in an attractive place for children.

How does it work?

The water used for flushing toilets and washing clothes doesn’t need to be treated to potable, drinking water standards. Such savings would greatly reduce the monthly water bill, and help in a variety of other ways.Rainwater is free and although climate change and changing weather patterns may affect its regularity and intensity it should be part of the solution to our water future. It is cleaner than most other sources. Through this project will be improved the water supply for some Kindergartens, will be reduced the urban floods, ensuring a quality of clothes washing, bathing water reducing detergents, reducing costs of kinder gardens in water bill.

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A LAM model for regions with complex orography

While the climate modeling community is performing runs typically at grid spacing of 100 km, 50 km or at most, 10 km, higher resolutions are needed for places with complex topography and dynamical downscaling seems to be the way to go. The Meteorological Models local circulations accurate simulation ability will rely strongly on resolving the important terrain features over focused area. Since the terrain height depends on the grid resolution model, it is essential that the simulation uses an adequate grid size in order to resolve the terrain forcing over the analysed area.
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The innovation has a TRL 6 because the product has been tested in a relevant environment. This environment is the region of Sicily (I), a region with a complex orography. The innovation has been tested through numerous case studies in which extreme meteorological events of the past have been analyzed. In this framework, we analyzed and discussed, as a case study, the heavy rains that occurred in Sicily during the night of 10 October 2015 [1]. In just 9 hours, a Mediterranean depression, centered on the Tunisian coast, produced a violent storm of mesoscale located on the Peloritani Mountains with a maximum rainfall of about 200 mm. The analysis was based on the comparison of the model's performance with the data collected by the networks of weather stations available in Sicily. The obtained results consented to clearly show that the improvement of the model grid spacing, together with the use of more accurate geographic data and the land use data, more suitable for the description of the territory, are the key elements for the prediction accuracy. This is especially true for geographic areas like Sicily that are characterized by the presence of complex orographic structures.

How does it work?

The proposed innovation is based on the development of a WRF (Weather Research and Forecasting model), with ARW (Advanced Research WRF) core, specifically optimized for territories with complex orography, through developments that significantly affect the use of initial high-resolution static orographic data, soil and vegetative coverage data and sea temperature data. A further optimization process of the model is based on the different physical parametrizations The numerical forecasts provided by the models used and the data from the surveys carried out are processed using numerical multiscaling approaches, with particular reference to the wavelets, to identify correlations, trends and anomalies.

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GREENFIX f³ is composed of unique grass fibres of European origin and specially treated according to best environmental practices, so that these fire free fibres are 100 % biodegradable within 36 to 60 months. Dajti Adventure Park is one hot spot to test the blankets. Being vulnerable to human activities, including hazardous activities like inattentive cigarette smoking, the park is at all times risked by human behavior. Erosion is also a phenomenon that has a bad influence on the Park. Using the GREENFIX Fire Free blankets could potentially reduce the negative impacts.
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Greenfix f3, has been applied in different relevant environment> There is a necessity to implement these type of techniques in Albania, mostly in Dajti Adventure Park in Tirana. As this technique has not yet been implemented in Tirana we classify this innovation as a TRL6.

How does it work?

The blanket is placed central at a minimum of 30 cm over the channel. The mat is secured by catching the clip-on channel 30 cm distance from each other. Filled with dough and coated. Sowing seeds and placing the map, is provided with a row of clasps located at 30 cm distance from each other. This Greenfix fire Free Blanket should be placed in one attractive adventure park inn Dajti mountain in Tirana, as is a new park and is more vulnerable to human activities. placing this blankets in this park should reduce as well the negative impact for erosion.

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SAEx–L (Signal of Atmosphere Extreme Locally)

An integrated system provides the Signal of Atmosphere Extreme at the local scale and enables automatic dissemination of SAEx-L warning to SIM card holders who live or are occasionally located in the risk area by SMS and also a phone number making possible the connection of risked population with the rescue teams at the terrain.
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Representative model or prototype system, which is well beyond that of TRL 5, is tested in a relevant environment. Represents a major step up in a technology’s demonstrated readiness. Examples include testing a prototype in a high-fidelity laboratory environment or in a simulated operational environment.
The SAEx – L is tested in the everyday quantitative rainfall forecast and it demonstrates that it works with a higher accuracy during heavy and extreme rainfall (tested during two very extreme rainfall events over Tirane and three other cities). The SAEx – L needs to be tested in forecasting wind & hail storms and moreover, it should be tested on the response and feedback from community and different institutions about the improvement that brings this innovation on their life and activities during extreme weather events signalized by SAEx – L.

How does it work?

A dense enough network of automatic weather stations for monitoring a specific urban area and a high resolution numerical weather prediction model enable an accurate forecast of extreme weather phenomenon at least 48 hours in advance. In case an extreme weather signal is captured, the SAEx-L warning is available and enables automatic transmission to SIM card holders who live or are occasionally located in the risk area. SAEx-L also includes advises for appropriate risk-based actions and also a phone number, ready to respond during the entire extreme weather event and to connect the people under the risk to the rescue teams.

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The innovation support the restoration of natural eco-systems of optimal forest management for enhancing the hydrological role of vegetation coverage in rainfall retention and flood prevention. This is done by planting trees and burned area’s re-planting and constructing check-dams and seeding soil stabilizing grasses in selected bare lands in selected Drini river catchments.
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1. Identification of areas demonstration and modeling of engineering interventions stabilizing bio-remediation of soil and plant moldings; 2. Demonstration of 4-pilot areas during 2014-2015 within Drini river watershed and develop 4-pilot sites: (i)“Gjoricë”, Dibër sub-region; (ii)“Vig-Mnelë”, Shkodra sub-region; )iii) “Tërthore”, Kukësi sub-region; (iv)“Blinisht”, Lezha sub-region; 3. Public awareness field symposia and training workshops increasing community-based adaptation and resilience against floods and extreme events (erosion, landslides, floods, droughts, heatwaves, wildfires, rainfall and wind storms)..

How does it work?

The project will demonstrate bio-engineering models intertwined that will be realized through: The main focus and objective/s of the project will be development of basic concepts of Drini watershed for using of forest effect on watershed`s hydrology in terms of flood prevention, and minimizing its consequences including use of forests and communities of tree species growing in and outside the forest.

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The project will demonstrate bio-engineering models intertwined that will be realized through: The main focus and objective/s of the Project will be development of basic concepts of Drini watershed for using of forest effect on watershed`s hydrology in terms of flood prevention, and minimizing its consequences including planting tree species in and outside the forest associated with other biological measures. Hydric functions of forests belong to the best known and most important functions. It means the influence of forest on the water in its widest meaning of the word. Interactions among forest, water and other components of the environment vary widely. Forest is only one factor of water cycle in the landscape, so its impact on the water regime is different in different conditions. The main aim and objective of the project is increasing community-based adaptation and resilience against floods and extreme events (erosion, landslides, floods, droughts, heatwaves, wildfires, rainfall and wind storms)..
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NEFOCAST is a FAR-FAS research project funded by the Tuscany Region Government (Italy) that aims at setting up, and demonstrating through field experiments, the concept of a system able to provide precipitation maps in real-time based on the attenuation measurements collected by a dense population of interactive satellite terminals (called SmartLNB, smart Low-Noise Block converter) commercially used as bidirectional modems. The system does not require the set-up of specific precipitation measuring instruments, but uses telecommunication links.
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The NEFOCAST system has been initially tested in lab and first assumptions on the algorithms implemented in the service centre have been defined. In 2018 an experimental network of SmartLNBs has been deployed in Florence and other areas of Tuscany and analysed through a co-located raingauge network and a doppler polarimetric X-band radar for cal/val objectives. Initlal alghoritms have been revised and improved, while validation of the models and of the solution is in progress.

How does it work?

The NEFOCAST project aims at setting up and validating a system able to provide precipitation maps in real-time based on the attenuation measurements collected by a dense population of interactive satellite terminals(called SmartLNBs), designed to be used as bidirectional modems for commercial interactive TV applications. The system does not require the deployment of specific precipitation measuring devices. The attractiveness of this system is due to the possibility of using a huge amount of attenuation measurements from a widespread network of low cost domestic terminals, especially in urban areas, where a very high density of measurements can be achieved.

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Useful Wastes: Brine transformation to circular economy

The Useful Wastes innovation is a physical-chemical treatment that treats the brines, producing up to 80% more fresh water and transforming the rest into a product for use in the industry itself. The product generated is NaOCl (bleach) at 1%. This NaOCl is safe, clean, useful and enough to kill microorganisms.
Technology demonstrated in relevant environment.
Representative model or prototype system, which is well beyond that of TRL 5, is tested in a relevant environment. Represents a major step up in a technology’s demonstrated readiness. Examples include testing a prototype in a high-fidelity laboratory environment or in a simulated operational environment.
We are in TRL 6 because we have a first prototype operating and producing 2000 L/day NaOCl. We are testing another prototype that produces more than 6000 L/day and collaborating with companies to optimize the process.

How does it work?

The system consist mainly of two phases: 1) Physical-chemical treatment: First, the salts that interfere with the subsequent process are eliminated. After that, another reverse osmosis is performed. Because the salts have been eliminated, higher pressure can be applied and thanks to this, up to 80% of the water contained in that brine can be recovered. In addition to getting water, a concentration of the brine is produced, which will serve to generate the bleach in the next step. 2) In the second step, the rest of concentrated brine is taken and by electrochemistry it is transformed into 1% NaOCl (bleach).

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