The innovation refers to some combined solutions for storm (rain) water collection in polders and subsequently using it for infiltration in the subsurface (groundwater artificial recharge). Software is used to define the water collection area, the volume of rain water that will be collected and to establish and design the location and the dimensions of these polders.
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A pilot case study was already developed for an agricultural area of 650 ha, in the south - west of Romania. The procedures were developed and calibrated on real data (digital parameters of the land surface, hydrogeological characteristics of the subsurface, land use, runoff coefficients, infiltration potential, precipitation parameters) and were used to identify potential solutions for climate change mitigation, respectively flood mitigation and water storage for using it during the drought periods. The adequate software for each phenomenon involved in this application were tested. The steps that have to be followed for the implementation of this procedure were clearly defined and the results achieved on mathematical models for this pilot case study are very satisfactory. The impact of this solution on rain water collection and storage was positive

How does it work?

This innovation could be used either for rural/urban areas or for agricultural lands. The rain water will be collected by the aid of open channel networks; the channels will end in the depression zones close to collection area. A series of polders (cascade) will be designed along these depression areas with the aid of a dedicated software. A detailed study of water infiltration feasibility, specific to the polder areas will be conducted; the construction of artificial equipment for infiltration could be needed. When the first polder will be filled with water, the downstream polders will be supplied by the aid of an overflow. The areas equipped with irrigation channels the retention of rain water may benefit by these channels.

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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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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.
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.
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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The innovation refers to a decision support system based on a software model of the city infrastructure. The DSS system allows the risk analysis in case of potential storm damages, the prioritization of the identified climate change adaptation measures and emergency situation readiness preparation in case of heavy rainfall. The decision support system can be used either offline or online as an operational real time system for emergency situation due to heavy rainfall in the urban areas.
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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.
A pilot case study was already developed for a small area in Bucharest, Romania. A coupled Mike Urban (for the sewage)+Mike 21 (for the surface runoff) model was developed and calibrated on real data. The most important results obtained from the pilot model were water depth and velocities distribution maps (grids) on the surface analyzed area, which were further used to identify potential solutions for climate change adaptation.

How does it work?

Municipalities and water utility companies should conjunctionally implement such decision support systems that will provide solutions for climate change mitigation in the cities. Models of existing collection system infrastructure is built. Based on different climate change scenarios one can assess how vulnerable existing infrastructure is to climate change conditions and what solutions can be addressed to lower or completely mitigate storm events effect upon the city. Identified solutions are also tested through existing model. After this stage the utility can opt for building a real time operational decision support system that will provide warning based on now casted or forecasted conditions.

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Urban flood nowcasting system

The system provides real-time nowcasts (= short term forecasts) of extreme precipitation and urban flooding. It consists of four components: a real-time nowcasting system for extreme precipitation based on high-resolution radar data from compact X-band radar, a hybrid data and model based system for urban inundation modelling, a risk assessment module, and a warning system. The nowcasting system is applicable to any city or urban area.
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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.
A prototype system has been tested for the city of Ghent, Belgium.

How does it work?

The urban flood nowcasting system makes use of 4 innovative components. (1) A system for extreme precipitation short-term forecasting applying X-band radar technology. (2) A fast and computationally efficient urban flood modelling and mapping system, based on a hybrid data/model based approach. A detailed 1D-2D nested model for the urban drainage system and the surface runoff and inundation system is complemented by a surrogate conceptual framework for fast and efficient computation. (3) Urban flood risk assessment applying functions describing the socio-economic consequences, specifically valid for urban areas. (4) A warning system, taking uncertainties in the extreme rainfall and urban inundation nowcasts into account.

October, 2017
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Irriframe-Acquacampus

Irriframe-Acquacampus processes several layers of information related to the irrigation network, irrigation demands, water resources availability and operating conditions of the system. Basing on the virtual knowledge of the network Irriframe-Acquacampus suggests innovative technologies for reducing leakages. Irriframe-Acquacampus is a service to water managers, to build new knowledge and to plan renewal action of existing networks to cope with increasing risk of drought.
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.
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.
Irriframe-Acquacampus is now fully operational in one site. Its performances are demonstrated by a regular and numerous attendance by regional, national and international users. A survey was carried out within the BRIGAID activities which demonstrated the usefulness of the information delivered by Irriframe-Acquacampus from the point of view of several categories of stakeholders, including international students and researchers. Irriframe-Acquacampus is accessible to interested stakeholders anytime by booking at https://www.consorziocer.it/it/p/acquacampus/

How does it work?

Irriframe-Acquacampus is a service to water managers to maximize the efficiency of irrigation networks. It processes information from a specific irrigation system to suggest innovative solutions to save water.

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Futureproof peat meadow polder

We reduce the soil subsidence and the production of carbon dioxide by applying innovative sub-irrigation systems to the whole polder. It involves innovative ways of water management and land use in combination with sub-irrigation, to decrease the effect of climate change and water demand for sub-irrigation, to reduce emission of carbon dioxide (for about 50%) and soil subsidence, and also to improve water quality and biodiversity.
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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 innovation has been tested so far for the Lange Weide, a peat meadow area in the Netherlands, which has to deal with a soil subsidence of about one centimetre a year and high emissions of carbon dioxide (12 – 25 t CO2 /ha/year). There has been a variety of trials with sub-irrigation systems in different peat meadow areas. Sub-irrigation is used by some farmers, so this technique is at TRL 8 or 9. The scale on which it is applied and the combination with a variable ditch water level is new.

How does it work?

With sub-irrigation systems (drainage pipes under the water level of the ditches) water is infiltrated in the soil of the peat meadows and helps to prevent low ground water levels in dry periods. This reduces the oxidation of the organic peat soil. By no longer applying a fixed ditch water level, this effect can be increased and it makes it possible to store more water in the area in periods of heavy rainfall. Redesign of the profile of the ditches increases biodiversity and the possibility to store water. Additional measurements are considered.

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ORF-4R Evaluation for Organic Regenerative Farming

Our start-up company Almendrehesa, S.L. has been created in september of 2016 as an enterprise within a larger-scale landscape restoration initiative in Southeast Andalucia, one of the areas of the world with the highest risk of desertification.
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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.
There are different existing tools to evaluate sustainability like SMART, SAFA, MESMIS or RISE. Most are based on FAO standards for sustainability. We will test the RISE tool for our test because it has been applied in the practice in many countries of the world, except in Spain and under the special focus on Organic Regenerative Agriculture. Numerous institutions have already worked with RISE, e.g. Nestlé, Danone or the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL).

How does it work?

To carry out the work of ORF-4R evaluation, the assessment tool RISE, developed by the BERN UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCE - SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURAL, FOREST AND FOOD SCIENCE (HAFL) will be tested for suitability in our project. RISE is a computer-supported method, which facilitates a holistic assessment of agricultural operations. The evaluation is based on ten indicators that reflect environmental, economic and social aspects. The evaluated data are visualized as a sustainability polygon and serve as a basis to a feedback dialogue in which the farmer and the trained RISE consultant jointly identify potentials for improving farm sustainability performance.

July, 2018
Implementation of an evaluation system for Organic Regenerative Farming under the holistic 4 Return model
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NoFloods mobile barrier

The NoFloods Barrier solution offers professional, flexible and cost-efficient large-scale flood protection. The NoFloods barrier can be delivered in modules ranging from 50 meters to 200 meters and in four standard heights (NoFloods Twin PRO 60, NoFloods Twin PRO 125, NoFloods Triple PRO 60/40 and NoFloods Triple PRO 125/80) and consists of two terminals and two/ three water filled parallel tubes, permanently joined to form a flood barrier element with high static stability.
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've been testing NoFloods mobile barrier for many years and it's in use in many places. However, so far no tests have been performed to test and validate safety limits.

How does it work?

Large amount of water is captured inside strong and flexible tubes. Due to water weights, high pressure is made on surface and barrier is formed.

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The innovation is built around WaterView's patented technology IR2 that uses artificial intelligence and computer vision techniques to turn imaging devices, like surveillance IP cameras and smartphone cameras, into “eyes” for seeing, gauging and returning real time precipitation measures (rain, hail, snow).
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.
Investment ready
The business plan for this innovation has been evaluated by The Funding Company and it is considered to be ready for investment.
The technology has already been tested and validated in the lab (at the Polytechnic of Torino - IT) and in controlled field environment (roof terrace of the same lab). We are currently implementing the first pilot test sites, under the supervision and with the support of WaterView's technological partners (AXIS communication, DHI Italy, Calabria University).

How does it work?

IR2, acronym of Instant Rain Rate, is a patented computer vision algorithm, which gauges rain intensity in real time from pictures and videos registered during rain events. IR2 is based on a simple assumption: since a picture actually conveys 3D information, it is possible to put into relation the optical signature of rain drops within a sampled volume with their numerosity and dimension to estimate the instant rain intensity.

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Draining pavement to support transit traffic and displace storm peak

The draining pavement, which can be placed in pedestrian areas, vehicle traffic areas and parking areas, acts as a network of canals able to collect and retain rain and storm waters in the urban subsoil and reduce their entry into the sewer network. As a whole, the system would have a similar effect than a storm tank.
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.
The technology has been tested in parking areas and worked successfully during 10 years. Next steps require to extend the testing activities to street areas with conventional traffic transit.

How does it work?

The drainage pavement consists of a set of "accumulation cells" which are underlain by a gravel subbase layer. The pavement collects the storm water allowing its movement through itself and its accumulation in the pavement-gravel subbase system. The total height of the pavement-gravel subbase system can be higher than 50 cm. which makes possible to store more than 10 cm of water per square meter.

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