Access to sustainable water by unlimited resources

John. F Kennedy said: ”If we could produce fresh water from salt water at a low cost, that would indeed be a great service to humanity, and would dwarf any other scientific accomplishment.” Now, we can do it sustainable.
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Elemental Water Makers has started the development of the technology in 2012. Since then, numerous projects have been executed and are operating under various conditions worldwide. The company can provide references, has won several awards and is in its growth stage.

How does it work?

Desalination is energy intensive, leading to high expenses. We enable affordable water by efficient desalination powered by renewable energy sources. We developed the world’s first solar-powered reverse osmosis without batteries. It works 24 hours a day. Our off-grid reverse osmosis technology directly uses solar, wind or wave energy and gravity to operate the reverse osmosis using an elevated saltwater buffer. To enjoy independent clean water at any location, we developed a solar-powered desalination unit using batteries. Combined state-of-the-art PV & battery technology allows efficient reverse osmosis, while minimizing size. The batteries used require no maintenance, are suitable for warm climates and enjoy a long lifetime.

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FLUTSCHUTZ Alignment Protection

The innovative FLUTSCHUTZ Alignment System is a non-stationary water-filled tube system made of reinforced plastic membranes. Its purpose is to offer an emergency dam system to protect low-lying areas against flooding. The installation and dismantling of a FLUTSCHUTZ Alignment System is much more easy and rapid compared to conventional sandbag systems. No additional anchorage like mounting bars and end constructions are necessary and the construction is held in place by its own weight.
Actual system proven in operational environment (competitive manufacturing).
The solution is used successfully in a structurally operational environment. The user can and wants to recommend the solution to others.
The FLUTSCHUTZ Alignment Protection was developed within the research project HWS-Mobile, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. Different prototypes of such water-filled tube systems for emergency flood control were developed and tested in laboratory as well as in situ. In 2012, the FLUTSCHUTZ Impoundment was tested and certified by the German Technical Inspection Agency TUV Nord for deployment in emergency flood control. Since 2015, the system is in use in Bangkok, Thailand.

How does it work?

The FLUTSCHUTZ Alignment Protection is made of flexible, water-filled membranes. The empty membrane can be brought easily to the endangered area. First, the membrane is filled with air using a gasoline-driven booster. After proper placement of the air-filled construction the air fill is replaced by water using a gasoline-driven pump. For filling the on-site available flooding water can be used directly.

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FLUTSCHUTZ Load Filter

The innovative FLUTSCHUTZ Load Filter is a non-stationary water-filled tube systems made of reinforced plastic membranes. It can be used for strengthening an endangered dike line during long lasting high-water levels. Its purpose is to impose load and to ensure sufficient drainage providing support to stabilize a sliding landside slope.
Actual system proven in operational environment (competitive manufacturing).
The solution is used successfully in a structurally operational environment. The user can and wants to recommend the solution to others.
The FLUTSCHUTZ Load Filter was developed within the research project HWS-Mobile, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. Different prototypes of such water-filled tube systems for emergency flood control were developed and tested in laboratory as well as in situ. In 2012, the FLUTSCHUTZ Load Filter was tested and certified by the German Technical Inspection Agency TUV Nord for deployment in emergency flood control.

How does it work?

The innovative dike protection system FLUTSCHUTZ Load Filter is made of a drainage mat and a flexible, water-filled membranes. The empty membrane system can be brought easily to the endangered dike section to increase buoyancy of the dike and to ensure that seepage water is allowed to escape. After proper placement of the drainage mat and the empty tube system at the landside dike slope or at the dike toe the construction is filled with water using a gasoline-driven pump. For filling the on-site available flooding water can be used directly.

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FLUTSCHUTZ Impoundment

The innovative FLUTSCHUTZ Impoundment is a non-stationary water-filled tube systems made of reinforced plastic membranes. It can be used for strengthening an endangered dike line during long lasting high water levels. Its purpose is to rapidly reduce and confine locally increased seepage flows.
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The FLUTSCHUTZ Impoundment was developed within the research project HWS-Mobile, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. Different prototypes of such water-filled tube systems for emergency flood control were developed and tested in laboratory as well as in situ. In 2012, the FLUTSCHUTZ Impoundment was tested and certified by the German Technical Inspection Agency TUV Nord for deployment in emergency flood control. The system was used successfully during the severe Elbe flooding in 2013. Since 2013, the FLUTSCHUTZ Impoundment is included in the training courses for flood agents at the College of the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief in Hoya, Lower Saxony in Germany.

How does it work?

The innovative dike protection system FLUTSCHUTZ Impoundment is made of flexible, water-filled membranes. The empty membrane system can be brought easily to the endangered dike section to stop or hamper the locally increased seepage flow. First, the membrane will be filled with air using a gasoline-driven booster. After proper placement of the air-filled construction at the landside dike slope or at the dike toe the air fill is replaced by water using a gasoline-driven pump. For filling the on-site available flooding water can be used directly.

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The NOAQ Boxwall is a mobile freestanding flood barrier, intended for temporary use to protect buildings and other objects from flood water. It consists of elements "boxes" that are snapped together to form a protective chain - a box wall. It is self-anchored, as it is automatically stabilized by the weight of the flood water itself. A boxwall can also be used to redirect fast flowing water in a flash flood situation. A third application is making a temporary basin - a "boxpool".
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The NOAQ Boxwall has been tested both outdoors and in a hydraulic laboratory. It has shown to be stable and has performed well. It has been on the market for almost 10 years and has been used successfully to save property in real flood situations.

How does it work?

A boxwall is made by snapping together a number of individual elements, "boxes". Each box has a horizontal part laying on the ground on the flood side. The weight of the flood water entering on top of the horizontal part press the device against the ground, and the barrier is hereby anchored reliably. A couple of rubber soles on the underside provide the necessary friction. The boxwall can even be overtopped without tipping or sliding.

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MobiKat - Support for complex strategic and operative decision-making

The technology MobiKat provides efficient support for complex strategic and operative decision-making in disaster response. The basic structure of MobiKat consists of independently configurable modules with high-performance calculation and optimization algorithms as well as data bank and visualization components. The modules can be operated both individually (even without a graphical user interface, if required) and as a complete scalable system.

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While most parts of the development are of TRL 9, some parts are of lower level (7, 8). MobiKat made its successful debut during the Elbe flood in 2006. The system actively supported the civil protection staff of the city of Pirna in terms of visualization of complex situations and prognosis as well as in the optimization of operational planning. Since then, MobiKat was successfully further developed and applied in large-scale operations, e.g. hospital relocations, fire-fighting exercises and major public events. In addition, MobiKat was used for planning of fire and security requirements and planning of operational zones in the regions of Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge und Meißen as well as in the cities of Dresden and Leipzig.

How does it work?

The basic structure of MobiKat consists of independently configurable modules with high-performance calculation and optimization algorithms as well as data bank and visualization components. The modules can be operated both individually (even without a graphical user interface, if required) and as a complete scalable system on a standard desktop or high-performance PC. Furthermore, all calculation and optimization modules are available for external systems in the form of libraries and as server components via web services. There is also a light-weight browser-version available.

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The NOAQ Tubewall is a mobile freestanding flood barrier, intended for temporary use to protect buildings and other objects from flood water. It consists of air inflated tubes that are interconnected to form a protective chain - a tubewall. It is self-anchored, as it is automatically stabilized by the weight of the flood water itself.
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The solution is used successfully in a structurally operational environment. The user can and wants to recommend the solution to others.
The NOAQ Tubewall has been tested both outdoors and in a hydraulic laboratory. It has shown to be stable and has performed well. It has been available on the market for more than 15 years and has been used successfully to save property in real floods in different countries.

How does it work?

The tubewall sections, the "tubes", have a skirt fused along the flood side of it. This is pressed against the ground by the flood water, hereby anchoring the device. A drainage layer on the underside leads leak water out to the intended dry side, hereby reducing water pressure underneath to a minimum, which is required to avoid any uplift forces on the skirt. The tubes are connected to one another, in any angle, with a separate joint cover.

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IRRINET-IRRIFRAME

IRRINET-IRRIFRAME is an expert system for irrigation backed by the results of more than 50 years of research on sustainable irrigation. It processes several data bases and develops irrigation schedules that are available through different communication channels. Its main feature is the real-time irrigation scheduling, i.e. daily information on how much and when to irrigate. During the period 2007-2013, the IRRINET-IRRIFRAME system allowed to save more than 50 millions of m3 of water in the Emilia Romagna region (Italy).
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Selected for Testing
Selected for Testing: This innovation has been selected by BRIGAID because of its promising value for reducing the risks or the impacts of extreme hydro-climatological events. After a rigorous assessment, BRIGAID has positively approved the innovator’s testing plan, and decided to provide ongoing support for the testing activities.
IRRINET-IRRIFRAME has been widely tested in the Emilia-Romagna region, and has been also implemented in other six regions of Italy.

How does it work?

IRRINET-IRRIFRAME is based on a water balance model aimed at crop irrigation management at the field scale. The soil is represented in the model through three layers: the soil surface layer, which takes into account the composition and structure of the upper soil column, the root layer, which is the part of the soil where roots absorb water, and the bottom layer, that is the lower part of the soil column, where the dynamics of the water table is accounted for. The model takes into account soil structure, crop development, weather conditions and forecasting, estimates the corresponding water demand and therefore the optimal amount and timing of irrigation. Information is delivered to farmers through phone applications and web interface.

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The app "My Water Level" automatically warns anyone who wants to be notified of low or high water levels. The app can be downloaded to smart phones and tablets. The current version of the app contains data about the water levels in the Dutch branches of the river Rhine and Meuse and along the Dutch coast. Users can select locations and set the water levels (s)he wants to receive an automatic notification for. The app sends a push message in case a predefined water level is expected to be exceeded within the next two days.
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The app has been succesfully tested in-house for (extreme) water levels in the Netherlands. The free and pro versions of My Water Level are available in the app stores.

How does it work?

The app shows the present water level and the hourly forecast for the next two days of one hundred locations along the great rivers and coasts in the Netherlands, using measurements and forecasts from the Dutch authority Rijkswaterstaat. Users can select locations, water levels and uncertainty levels for which they want to receive a notification. In the free version of the app information is provided for five locations. In the pro version (2,99 Euro) access is provided to all one hundred locations. An incompany version of the app is also easily available in the Netherlands or abroad, where the app is based on own (local) water level measurements and forecasts.

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EWB Fire Water

EWM filters, buffers and stores runoff water, and infiltrates it if necessary. Runoff water contaminated with heavy metals, mineral oils, etc. is treated and stored underground, making it available for reuse in all kinds of applications (extinguishing water for the fire-departments, irrigation, process water, etc.), while saving money on drinking water. EWM increases ground water levels and prevents desiccation and salinization during dry periods, by safely infiltrating the treated water.
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Selected for Testing
Selected for Testing: This innovation has been selected by BRIGAID because of its promising value for reducing the risks or the impacts of extreme hydro-climatological events. After a rigorous assessment, BRIGAID has positively approved the innovator’s testing plan, and decided to provide ongoing support for the testing activities.
Full scale demonstration implemented in the Dutch Municipality Goes at the local sports facilities (field hockey). Project was executed as part of a (public) tender, which demanded that the implemented system would safe significantly on drinking water use. Project was won on the characteristics related to the ability to safe drinking water (currently used for the irrigation of artificial sports field as well). Need to note that several small technological questions need to be answered, such as the need to monitor water quality (input and output) as part of risk-management of potential end-users (water authorities, municipalities, etc.).

How does it work?

The innovation is a combination of underground buffering preceded by several ecological treatment steps. Contaminated runoff water is collected through a drainage system, after which it is treated up to standards of Dutch legislation (as elaborated in the 'infiltration decision soil protection'). Treatment is done through a mix of granulated shells and the ‘AA Mineral Mix’. The granulated shells also have a buffering effect. After treatment, the water is stored in an underground buffer, which contains an Airlift system in order to have permanent flow. As a next step, before reuse, the water quality is improved through a bioreactor and the AA vitaliser. If necessary, large volumes of treated water can be infiltrated through the DSI system.

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