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Tecnología de sensores para monitorizar el agua de sistemas de alcantarillado

Resumen

Tipo:
Demanda Tecnológica
Referencia:
TRUK20160906002
Publicado:
12/09/2016
Caducidad:
12/09/2017
Resumen:
Una pyme británica busca una tecnología de sensores capaz de monitorizar en tiempo real el nivel y la calidad del agua en sistemas de alcantarillado y facilitar así la gestión de aguas residuales. La tecnología buscada debe ser capaz de medir los sólidos suspendidos, la demanda química de oxígeno y la concentración de amoníaco (NH4¬). La empresa busca compañías, universidades e institutos de investigación con el fin de establecer acuerdos de comercialización con asistencia técnica o joint venture.

Details

Tittle:
UK SME is seeking sensor technology for water monitoring in sewer systems
Summary:
A UK-based SME is seeking sensor technology that is capable of enabling real-time monitoring of water level and water quality in sewer systems to allow better waste water management. The SME is looking to partner with companies, universities and research institutes with the partnership expected to be a commercial agreement with technical assistance or a joint venture agreement.
Description:
Combined sewer systems collect surface run off water as well as waste water. During heavy rainfall this surface run off is funnelled into combined sewer overflows (CSOs), which are relief structures that discharge excess flows into nearby receiving waters, protecting urban areas from flooding. This protection is reduced if CSOs become blocked requiring them to be constantly monitored. The use of CSOs also results in untreated domestic and industrial effluents and surface runoff combined in the same pipe. The discharges from CSOs during heavy rainfall can therefore cause environmental damage as due to their containing untreated human sewage as well as storm water they contain high quantities of pollutants that have significant aesthetic and toxic impact on the receiving waters. To mitigate this impact the quality of the discharge water also has to be monitored.

Currently CSOs are monitored for blockages using cameras. However this is expensive and, while they can help in the prevention of flooding, cameras do not give any information on water quality and so are not effective at monitoring and enabling the prevention of environmental damage. Water quality has to be tested by taking water samples, which due to the number of CSOs is expensive and impractical.

A UK-based SME, established by an internationally respected research institute, aims to provide support to turn advanced technologies into profitable products and services for different markets and is looking for sensor and monitoring technologies that can replace the camera and water testing systems for the monitoring of CSOs. These technologies should be low-cost, low-maintenance, and effective in monitoring both water level and water quality. These technologies should also allow for the real-time monitoring of the sewerage system in order to better predict and control spills from CSOs, enabling spills to be prevented and, when necessary, to select locations where spills will have least environmental impact.

The UK-based SME is looking to work with companies, universities and research institutes that provide or develop such monitoring technology in order to test and adapt their technology towards this application. It is envisaged that the partnership will take the form of a commercial agreement with technical assistance or a joint venture agreement.
Technical Specification or Expertise Sought:
The research institution is looking for sensor / monitoring technologies that are:
· low-cost
· low-maintenance
· non-contact
· able to withstand harsh sewer environment

The technology should be able to measure water quality parameters including:
· Total suspended solids
· Chemical oxygen demand
· Ammonia (NH4¬) concentration

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The UK-based SME was established by an internationally respected research institute and aims to provide support to turn advanced technologies into profitable products and services for different markets. The SME is looking to partner with companies, universities and research institutes that can provide or develop sensor / monitoring technology that can measure both water level and water quality in a combined sewer overflow environment.

The SME will help the partner to test and further adapt the technology for use in real-time monitoring of CSOs. It is envisaged that the partnership will take the form of a commercial agreement with technical assistance or a joint venture agreement.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME 50-249
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English