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Microwave Drying for the Rapid Remediation of Flooded Buildings

Objective

Our idea is to develop microwave technology which will reduce drying times in buildings after flooding events. A single Microdry unit will run off mains electricity be capable of drying a room in just 10% of the time taken by current technologies. We will develop an intelligent control system that will measure the reflected microwaves to determine residual moisture content and adjust the power output accordingly to maximise efficiency. The Microdry system will require no human intervention and will communicate to an end user when the drying process is finished. The magnitude and frequency of floods are likely to increase in the future as a result of climate change i.e. higher rainfall intensities and rising sea levels. Equally, the impact of flood events will increase, because in excess of 50 million European citizens now live in areas at risk of flooding with business and industry also located in such areas. Current drying operations require up to 8 weeks before remedial work can be undertaken on the building. This extends the time required before a building can revert to normal use with economic and social consequences. To remedy this situation we need to develop an emitter to direct the microwave energy to target areas without regular human intervention. This will use a feedback system to measure moisture content and actively control microwave power to the emitter. Telecommunications components will provide communication between the unit and operator and comprehensive safety features will ensure that microwave hazards are eliminated.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

Erzia Technologies SL
Address
Calle Josefina De La Maza 4 Planta 2
39012 Santander
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 205 053,30
Administrative Contact
Alejandro Flores (Mr.)

Participants (7)

Uvasol Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 275 389
Address
The Widon 42
LE11 3PE Loughborough
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Keith Fawdington (Mr.)
ORBAN MICROWAVE PRODUCTS NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 272 601
Address
Remylaan 4C, Box 6
3018 Leuven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ingrid Smeyers
THE UK MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 23 302
Address
Middle Aston House
OX25 5PT Middle Aston
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Tranter (Mr.)
NYSKOPUNARMIDSTOD ISLANDS
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 23 422
Address
Arleyni 2-8
112 Reykjavik
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pall Arnason (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)
SPECTRUM FRANCHISING LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 37 278
Address
Lower Oakham Way
NG18 5BY Mansfield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nigel Hewitt (Mr.)
INTELSCAN ORBYLGJUTAEKNI EHF
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 194 703,70
Address
Keldnaholti
112 Reykjavik
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Olafur Helgi Jonsson (Mr.)