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Autonomous wireless sensors driven by harvested vibration energy for leak detection in water mains

Objective

The Advocate project consortium, led by ULEFOS ESCO AS from Norway, aims to develop smart gate valves which will be used in the detection and management of water leaks through employing autonomous wireless sensor nodes in an underground MESH network powered by a unique, vibration energy harvesting system.

The amount of leaked water in Europe, per year, is estimated to cost society approximately €80 billion. To reduce this huge cost burden on society, the ADVOCATE consortium will develop innovative gate valves on water and waste water pipes. Valves will automatically monitor for leaks and overall water/wastewater pressure in the system. A vibration energy harvesting system will generate enough power that these same valves could be monitored in a network of wireless sensors. These new innovative valves, whose intellectual property rights will be owned by the SMEs of this project, will then be sold to water and sewage utilities and municipal authorities, providing consortium members additional € 46.5 million of additional sales during 5 years after the project.

The technological challenges that will be overcome with the assistance of the RTOs are:
1) MESH network of smart water and waste water valves that can be remotely monitored and controlled;
2) Modified pressure sensors for detection of leaks;
3) The vibration energy harvesting and power management system that will power the smart gate vales.

The individual SMEs, European society and water user worldwide will benefit by:
-the increased detection and prevention of water leaks, using ADVOCATE system, leading to € 800 million savings per annum;
- municipalities and water utilities will be able to monitor the status of and manage their underground water and waste water assets (i.e. for fire fighting, drinking water, wastewater disposal etc.);
- reduced cost of water to society and how much consumer pays for water.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Coordinator

ULEFOS ESCO AS
Address
Gamle Gomsrudv 40
3616 Kongsberg
Norway

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anders Nygård (Mr.)
EU contribution
€ 466 106

Participants (7)

HERBERTEK AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 144 559
Address
Borjegatan 56
752 29 Uppsala

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Johan Eriksson (Mr.)
HASWELL MOULDING TECHNOLOGIES LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 176 510
Address
Rice Bridge Industrial Estate Unit 3 Thorpe Le Soken
CO16 0HH Essex

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Geoffrey Haswell (Mr.)
Xepto AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 268 212
Address
Martin Lingesvei 25
1367 Snarøya

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rolf Eckhoff (Mr.)
HELNOR AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 203 885
Address
Strandveien 10 A
2381 Brumunddal

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sigmund Hjorth (Mr.)
OSAUHING EESTI INNOVATSIOONI INSTITUUT
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 5 060
Address
Sepapaja 6
11415 Tallinn

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lauri Nirgi (Mr.)
CENTUM ADENEO
France
EU contribution
€ 5 856
Address
Chemin Du Ruisseau 4
69130 Ecully

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Xavier Benoit (Mr.)
MITTSVERIGE VATTEN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 22 812
Address
Po Box 189
851 03 Sundsvall

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Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Stefan Hanning (Mr.)