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Novel Technology for Low Cost Re-lining of Pipe Infrastructure

Objective

We are seeking FP7 funding towards the design and development of a trenchless pipe rehabilitation system capable of adaption to a wide range of pipe relining markets. Our aim is to meet the demands of these diverse markets providing a high performance, low maintenance solution with reduced energy usage and superior operational performance which our extensive market research has validated a significant commercial interest in our objectives.
EZ-Liner offers major advantages in trenchless relining for long runs of pipe in a single operation with associated reduced labour, reduced energy costs, reduced disruption and reduced time for pipe repairs. By utilising a thermoplastic liner, instead of traditional epoxy methods, the risk of contamination from such chemicals will be eliminated. The traditional methods are labour intensive and expensive, typically €300 to €350/m2. Our method will improve relining speed by 100% achieving a target cost of €230/m2 by minimising labour. By developing a novel liner delivery system that focuses the heating and consolidation of the pipe to a narrow band we aim to reduce energy consumption by at least15%. Uniquely our design will achieve consolidation, even in pipe work with surface defects.
The system will utilise a conformable thermoplastic liner drawn through the pipe by a novel consolidating head. This will clear debris in the pipe by water jets, form the liner in the pipe and consolidate with locally produced steam providing reduced energy usage and losses. Focusing steam into a localised area avoids escape into surroundings or damaged pipe, as is prevalent in traditional methods. The system we will deliver will be safer and more robust making it simpler to operate and easier to maintain; ideally suited for the harsh environment of the pipe relining market.
The system will be primarily validated in the drinking water pipe relining industry. This validation of our technology will be undertaken by our end user partners CEPA and Gadmon.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/water treatment processes/drinking water treatment processes
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-2
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

Italian Association for Trenchless Technology
Address
Via Ruggero Fiore 41
00136 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 277 406
Administrative Contact
Sergio Bianchi (Dr.)

Participants (12)

POLSKA FUNDACJA TECHNIK BEZWYKOPOWYCH
Poland
EU contribution
€ 116 114,40
Address
Skr. Poczt. 1453
PL - 25-001 Kielce
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anna Parka (Ms.)
TECHNITEX FARADAY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 288 825
Address
Arch 30 Northern Campus Incubator Altrincham Street
M1 3NJ Manchester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Brian Mccarthy (Mr.)
SIRRIS HET COLLECTIEF CENTRUM VAN DE TECHNOLOGISCHE INDUSTRIE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 3 780
Address
Boulevard Auguste Reyers 80
1030 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Raf Snoekx (Mr.)
THE UK MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 8 365
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.)
ELKEDE TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN CENTRE SA

Participation ended

Greece
Address
12Km Athens - Lamia National Road (12 Chlm Ethnikis Odou Athinon)
14452 Metamorphosi, Athens
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Konstantinos Tomazis (Mr.)
CENTRO TESSILE COTONIERO E ABBIGLIAMENTO SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 1 740,80
Address
Piazza Sant Anna 2
21052 Busto Arsizio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfonso Pianezza (Dr.)
Project Building Co Ltd / Gadmon
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 284 788
Address
Glengall Road 57
SE15 6NF London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Leke Osibamowo (Mr.)
C.E.P.A.- Controllo Energia e protezione Ambiente Srl
Italy
EU contribution
€ 281 069
Address
Via Alessandro Scarlatti 32
80129 Naples
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria Di Fenza (Ms.)
LONGROCK GROUND WORKS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 201 362,50
Address
Highfield Nancherrow St Just
TR19 9PW Penzance Cornwall
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jim Lowe (Mr.)
Eurocarbon B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 127 520,42
Address
Dr. Nolenslaan 119C
6136GM Sittard
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stephan Voskamp (Mr.)
MEDWORKS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 1 539
Address
Piazza Tre Martiri 43
47900 Rimini
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sergio De Vita (Dr.)
TIMCO TOOLING LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 55 543,93
Address
Hylton Road Trading Estate
WR2 5JS Worcester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Darrell Hardiman (Mr.)