CENTAUR is an autonomous, intelligent monitoring and control system to reduce urban escapes. It is modular, easily deployed (retrofit), and self-powered. It is deployed “out-of-the-box” without modification of the existing infrastructure. It is orders of magnitude less costly than alternative capital and space intensive solutions. The system provides “virtual storage”.
System complete and qualified.
Technology has been proven to work in its final form and under expected conditions. In almost all cases, this TRL represents the end of true system development. Examples include developmental test and evaluation (DT&E) of the system in its intended weapon system to determine if it meets design specifications.
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.
CENTAUR has been developed from prototype through beta to a “zero” version with certifications. A beta version has been protecting a World Heritage Site in Coimbra since October 2017; it has proved very reliable – there have been no maintenance visits - and fit for market rollout. A further trial system has recently been installed in Toulouse, France. We have specified UK city centre schemes and are talking to interested parties in other parts of the world. However, the system has not been rolled out to the market yet and therefore doesn’t qualify as TRL9.

How does it work?

CENTAUR senses prevailing network conditions and uses AI to decide operation of a gate to hold water back or let it pass. It makes optimal use of available capacity to avoid escapes. The technical innovation is around AI, autonomy, melding of different comms and power technologies. Reliability was key to design: - Radio comms guarantee signal - Sensor redundancy gives reliable level data - The system can self-disable if compromised - The gate has physical fail-safes to eliminate upstream risk - The central module connects to an internet dashboard for oversight and reconfiguration - Bluetooth is used to connect to modules The system is modular, extensible, with lamp-post and in-manhole mounting, powered by solar or batteries.

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EQA-river. Eco-friendly boat mill

The first EQA-river boat mill has been designed and built. The EQA-river is sophisticated and works automatically. It can lift out of the water when the water is running too fast. The EQA-river is made of 80% ‘plastic soup’. The ‘mill’ can be made of max. 15 m width. When the river water is running 1,5 m/sec or more the EQA-river is a profitable investment. EQA-projects has more hydropower innovations. They are for sale now, and bought by Dutch Water Authorities. EQA-projects is a start-up and ready to scale up.
System complete and qualified.
Technology has been proven to work in its final form and under expected conditions. In almost all cases, this TRL represents the end of true system development. Examples include developmental test and evaluation (DT&E) of the system in its intended weapon system to determine if it meets design specifications.
The EQA-river has been built and tested by the Technical University of Delft. We will now start with further optimisation and higher energy output while testing in the river Waal (Rhine) in all conditions

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.

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Polyethylene modular floating covers to suppress evaporation losses and algae growth in water reservoirs
System complete and qualified.
Technology has been proven to work in its final form and under expected conditions. In almost all cases, this TRL represents the end of true system development. Examples include developmental test and evaluation (DT&E) of the system in its intended weapon system to determine if it meets design specifications.
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.
Our company has already manufactured 300 small-scale modules of 0.15 m2 each one, which are being tested under laboratory and operational conditions since February 2017. Results from these previous tests have allowed improving the technological readiness of the technology (reduction of risks of failures, and rise of technical reliability). At the present, we are manufacturing modules at scale 1:2 in an experimental machine to cover a 1.500 sqm reservoir. Additional laboratory tests (wind tunnel and lifespan tests) and functionality tests in an operational environment are being performed during the next months in close collaboration with a research institution at SE Spain.

How does it work?

Floating hexagonal modules of 0.3 m2 are placed in the water reservoir one by one. Once modules are joined each other up to cover all the water surface, water losses due to direct evaporation are reduced, and the penetration of sunlight and photosynthesis (and hence algae growth) are prevented. Modules adapt well to water level changes by staying in the irrigation reservoir slopes. Overall, the system is able to bear wind speeds up to 90 km/h and have a minimum lifespan of 10 years.

April, 2019
- TRL reaches 8 (updated by WP3 leader)
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SenZ2 wireless level radar transmitter

Based on the latest single-chip-radar technology SenZ2 managed to develop the first truly wireless water level transmitter that works autonomously. With its non-contacting radar measurement method and water-tight housing it can operate without maintenance for 5 years. Together with a smart connection to SenZ2's secure backend this solution will forces a breakthrough in water level measurement networks and enables water authorities to measure on another level.
System complete and qualified.
Technology has been proven to work in its final form and under expected conditions. In almost all cases, this TRL represents the end of true system development. Examples include developmental test and evaluation (DT&E) of the system in its intended weapon system to determine if it meets design specifications.
We already have a lab test set-up from September 2016. Here we tested level measurements for all kinds of liquids and solids, and combinations. We validated the radar measurement technology. Since 3 months we have a mobile prototype sensor available which can be connected to a laptop to test measurement technology in operational environments. In the coming weeks we expect to have our first truly wireless version available for testing. This can be seen as the Golden Copy. Also testing the combination with wireless data transmission in operational environments and settings. When this golden copy is evaluated we can immediately start our 0-serie production (we already have everything in place). The 0-serie devices will be deployed in real-life pilots and demonstration projects. After the 0-serie evaluation, we start with regular production batches, depending on market response and orders. Our online portal is already operational for more than a year, we have already connected other types of sensors and paying customers.

How does it work?

Installation and operation of the wireless Level radar system is easy: (1)Install sensors above water. Because of small size, sensor will fit in small sewers, or can be hidden under bridge to prevent vandalism; (2)Activate the sensor with a magnet, check on mobile device if the right measurement is communicated, and fill in the height of the sensor relative to the national level. Built in GPS give position automatically; (3)In operation the sensor will work for approx. 5 years without maintenance. The status of the sensor is monitored. When the sensor is moved, batteries begin to empty or other events occur, the end-user is notified; (4)Data is securely stored at SenZ2 servers and can be accessed through SenZ2 online portal and/or API.

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The FREEWAT platform is a free and open source QGIS integrated platform for groundwater management. It integrates tools for time series processing and water quality data management, as well as a number of well documented and tested simulation codes, mostly from USGS MODFLOW family. FREEWAT is the result of the H2020 FREEWAT project ending sept 30th 2017 (www.freewat.eu) During the project, aside from the sw platform, more than ten well-documented tutorials, datasets and manuals were produced.
System complete and qualified.
Technology has been proven to work in its final form and under expected conditions. In almost all cases, this TRL represents the end of true system development. Examples include developmental test and evaluation (DT&E) of the system in its intended weapon system to determine if it meets design specifications.
We believe FREEWAT is at TRL 8 for the following reasons: i) it is the result of almost ten years of research on the integration of water management tools in GIS environment; ii) it has been successfully tested on a total of 14 case studies within the FREEWAT project (plus two outside the project); iii) it has been positively evaluated by companies and authorities during training activities (in which more than 1000 individuals were trained) as enhanced experience for water management compared to “similar” ICT tools.

How does it work?

FREEWAT aims at serving as pre- and post-processor for processing of hydrological time-series to maximize sensor gathered information (baseflow extraction, resampling, etc.), water quality data, solving groundwater flow, contaminant transport in saturated and unsaturated condition, calibration of numerical models, optimization of water supply systems, management of water for agricultural purposes. FREEWAT helps in building shared awareness on the value of water. It may be used by public authorities for the implementation of river basin management plans using the participatory approach (as done in 14 case studies in the project) – or by companies for providing readily usable models on contaminated sites to agencies, instead of only reports.

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AquaTag Remote

The AquaTag remote system consists of sensors for pots, open soil and for plugs. They measure water%, EC (electrical conductivity, a measure for the amount of fertilizer) and send the data to the webplatform, aquatag.net. The systems works worldwide and data (and history) can be monitored and analyzed on any type of screen.
System complete and qualified.
Technology has been proven to work in its final form and under expected conditions. In almost all cases, this TRL represents the end of true system development. Examples include developmental test and evaluation (DT&E) of the system in its intended weapon system to determine if it meets design specifications.
Our system has been beta tested by 6 farmers in horticulture (and a tree grower) in the EU and USA. The results were good. We are now in the pre-production phase and hope to start delivering sensors to customers in Q4 2017.

How does it work?

The sensor measures the complex impedance between two metal rods that are inserted into the soil or substrate. The data are sent to a web server where the water content and EC are calculated. In one of the two metal rods, a temperature sensor is embedded, the temperature is also sent to the web server. On the website www.aquatag.net the data can be monitored in graphs, and as a ‘heat-map’. The sensor works on 3 AA batteries that need to be replaced or charged annually. There are different versions of the sensors for different applications: a long one for open soil, a short one for pots, and one with needles for seedlings in trays.

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The Portable Natural Biological System (P-NBS) is the modular and mobile solution developed by AYALA Water & Ecology (Israel) for its energy-free sewage treatment technology The Natural Biological System (NBS™). The system is based on portable units design according to international dimensions of sea containers that can be transported by trucks.
System complete and qualified.
Technology has been proven to work in its final form and under expected conditions. In almost all cases, this TRL represents the end of true system development. Examples include developmental test and evaluation (DT&E) of the system in its intended weapon system to determine if it meets design specifications.
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.
We have constructed and tested the Portable-NBS at our experimental farm in Zippori (Israel) using municipal sewage that we purchase from the regional WWTP. All sewage is supplied raw and treat it onsite according to strict Israeli regulations using established electricity-free NBS technology for over 27 years. The Portable-NBS produced treated sewage at a production rate of 12 m3/day, which is the flow regime stated for unrestricted irrigation.

How does it work?

The P-NBS Is an engineered ecological system that allows natural physical, chemical and biological processes to occur all at the same time thanks to the existence of: a) Chemical-aggregates with natural or engineered minerals and active surfaces, b) Physical-gradient of substrate sizes, surface textures and porosity, and c) Biological-specialized plants and additives able to support a healthy microbiome which promotes contaminant degradation, sequestration and volatilization.

May, 2019
WP3 leader: Link to video included. From Mobile-NBS to Portable-NBS.
August, 2019
Upgraded up to TRL8 by WP3 leader
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SLAMdam, a temporary flood defence is compact and easy to set up, It can be installed by 2 people in just 1 hour, spanning 100 metres in length and with a partition boundary of 50 cm. The elasticity of the SLAMdam means it can be installed on any surface. The material's high degree of flexibility ensures that bumps are easily covered. The SLAMdam's unique properties render it suitable for a wide array of target groups. Obvious examples include district water boards, fire service, armed forces and disaster specialists.
System complete and qualified.
Technology has been proven to work in its final form and under expected conditions. In almost all cases, this TRL represents the end of true system development. Examples include developmental test and evaluation (DT&E) of the system in its intended weapon system to determine if it meets design specifications.
SLAMDAM® is available in several product models for a wide range of applications. SLAMDAM® is TÜV-certified in accordance with PAS 1188.

How does it work?

The SLAMDAM® excels in its simplicity. The highly stretchable EPDM material forms the basis for two connected compartments - by means of a specially developed membrane - that have to be filled with water simultaneously. This will create a very solid emergency dam. When water exerts external pressure on the SLAMDAM®, the compartment under stress is pushed 'slightly' upwards, whereupon the second compartment 'slots in', thereby ensuring the requisite counterpressure. This counteracts a lever-effect. Moreover, this will enable the SLAMDAM® to provide maximum resistance to pressure exerted by high water levels. A SLAMDAM® can be erected by two people, using good pumps. When every second counts : Roll out the SLAMDAM® - Position the SLAMDAM® with 2 cm of overlap - Fill the SLAMDAM® with water - Seal the caps - The water barrier is ready!

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SCAN is a software that supports the evaluation of climate adaptation strategies. The tool can be used to analyze the integrated water system, while focusing primarily on water quantity - hydrology and hydraulics (rivers, floodplains and urban drainage systems incl. reservoirs, rain water tanks, infiltration devices, different types of blue-green solutions, effect of hydraulic regulations, etc).
System complete and qualified.
Technology has been proven to work in its final form and under expected conditions. In almost all cases, this TRL represents the end of true system development. Examples include developmental test and evaluation (DT&E) of the system in its intended weapon system to determine if it meets design specifications.
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.
Our technology is TRL 8: the concept and models underlying our SCAN system have been proven to work in several operational projects for end users. See: https://www.sumaqua.be/new-cases for an overview of these projects.

How does it work?

The proposed concept makes use of several highly innovative modelling approaches and building blocks, that flexibly can be combined to build a tool for decision support on integrated water systems, which may consist of catchments and/or rivers, sewer systems, etc (both large and small scale systems). The modelling approaches are flexible and modular, such that we can create tools tailored to the intended applications. Also, the level of model detail is adaptable, thereby obviating the creation of overly complex and too rigid models. Different temporal and spatial scales can be covered. Due to their flexibility and very short calculation times, the created models are ideally suited for various applications requiring numerous or long term simulations, and integrated analyses, such as simulations of the effect of climate scenarios, land use changes, water management scenarios; real-time applications, including intelligent real-time control and warning systems; evaluation and optimization strategies: from the installation of blue-green solutions, retention and infiltration basins along rivers and sewer systems, to strategies to optimize the water availability at catchment or regional scale, to integrated flood - drought control strategies, hydropower, etc. The tool can account for uncertainties and probabilistic analyses through ensemble runs.

August, 2017
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January, 2020
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InfoSequia (www.infosequia.eu) is a site- and user-tailored Monitoring IT-toolbox for the operational monitoring of drought properties, and the forecasting of drought persistence and potential impacts (under development). This is done through the combination of weather information (including weather forecasts), satellite-based data and hydrological/water-allocation modelling outputs, and their deployment through web-mapping or SaaS technologies.
System complete and qualified.
Technology has been proven to work in its final form and under expected conditions. In almost all cases, this TRL represents the end of true system development. Examples include developmental test and evaluation (DT&E) of the system in its intended weapon system to determine if it meets design specifications.
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.
Selected for business strategy support
This innovation has been selected by BRIGAID because of its developer’s expressed willingness and revealed commitment to bring it to market. Ongoing support on business strategy and market analysis activities is being provided.
- Prototype founded and formulated. Data algorithms and communication functionalities fully integrated, validated and tested in a computing-desktop environment: A comprehensive-beta prototype is ready (www.infosequia.eu). Technical effectiveness tested through computing risk assessments (by coupling the monitoring system to a Water Allocation Simulation Tool) - Operational implementation at a real case in Colombia (Cauca River Basin) as part of the regional Water Management and Information Centre. Flexibility demonstrated through its integration with other technologies (HERMANA solution) - Relevant outputs presented to scientific-technical target groups (research workshop/conferences, meetings with stakeholders, scientific reports), and media.

How does it work?

As a whole, InfoSequia is integrated by 4 tools: 1) Operational Surveillance and Monitoring Tool, 2) Operational Hydrological Forecasting and Simulation Tool, 3) Strategic Risk Assessment Tool, and 4) Web-based Communication Tool. Originally, InfoSequia reports agricultural and vegetative drought indices based on satellite information, but if required, modelling tools (hydrological modelling, and/or dynamic system modelling) can be also coupled to the sytem to increase the capabilities to provide hydrological drought and water-scarcity indices, or drought forecasts. In its current form, InfoSequia provides drought indices which inform on the current status of greenness vegetation and land surface temperature at different timescale resolutions and spatial aggregations. It consists of a set of fully-integrated algorithms written under an open-source multisource GIS-programming environment (Phyton, QGIS-GDAL, and R languages). The system runs on FutureWater’s computing facilities, and it depends on external “data providers” from which satellite indicators (and/or weather forecasting information) are collected. InfoSequía outputs can be deployed and delivered to clients through a shared ftp, or a Software as a Service (SaaS) (e.g. shinyapps.io. by RStudio, or HydroNET by Hydrologic). The InfoSequia programming code has been optimimally designed to be run in a fast and secure way, and to minimize runtime errors.

April, 2018
TRL and "Added values" sections updated. Supplementary material uploaded: "InfoSequia at a glance" and poster.
November, 2019
- Testing plan approved - Description and TRL updated (from 6 to 8)
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