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Bringing a modular technology for fresh water sea-transportation to full scale

Objective

XXL-REFRESH is built upon the results obtained by the REFRESH project (GA 262494), in which the project team demonstrated the feasibility of transportation of large quantities of fresh water by the sea using modular flexible barges. The key innovation introduced by REFRESH is the use of open modular textile containers connected by extra-strong watertight zips and the use of an online monitoring system for the control of the container deformations during service using wireless communication system.
REFRESH culminated at the beginning of November 2012 with the successful transportation trial of 200 cubic metres freshwater payload with a 16 nautical miles sea voyage in the gulf of Souda, Crete. The next steps required to bring the innovation into the market comprise the manufacturing of a full-scale waterbag with a payload of 2.000 cubic metres and the conduction of demonstration voyages at different locations within Europe and outside. Technical activities covered by XXL-REFRESH include the design optimisation of the full-scale waterbag, implementing what learned during the trials in Crete, and the scaling up of the manufacturing processes for the manufacturing of one full-scale waterbag. Demonstration trials are included in the programme at two different locations in the Mediterranean Sea and outside, since the need for cost efficient and reliable technologies for fresh water transportation is global. Dissemination and exploitation activities are also included.
The consortium includes five partners from the former REFRESH project complemented by two new partners in charge of confectioning the full-scale waterbag and performing the water transport service.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/textiles
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

INDUSTRIAL SEDO SL
Address
Calle Calaf 24 1 2
08021 Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 206 970
Administrative Contact
Lluis Castello Arias (Ms.)

Participants (6)

ZIPLAST SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 195 500
Address
Via Pelizza Da Volpedo 52 54
20085 Locate Di Triulzi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria Luisa Russo (Mrs.)
SAFIBRA SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 132 320
Address
Cernokostelecka 1621
25101 Ricany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ladislav Sasek (Mr.)
TECNODIMENSION HINCHABLE SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 140 000
Address
Calle Isaac Rabin 1
17162 Bescano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jesús Pallares (Mr.)
TURGUTREIS DENIZCILIK SANAYI VE TICARET AS
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 75 860
Address
Omer Avni Mah Inebolu Sokak 9 Kat 3
34445 Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hakan Güngör (Mr.)
RINA CONSULTING SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 160 500
Address
Via Cecchi 6
16129 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laura Giovanelli (Ms.)
AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 77 850
Address
Calle Gustave Eiffel 4 Parque Tecnologico De Paterna
46980 Paterna Valencia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Santiago Gálvez Settier (Mr.)