Smart water management optimises consumption of resources, and reduces the impact on the environment, health, and equipment whilst minimising costs.
Even high-performance equipment needs careful management if optimal water usage is to be achieved, because the processes related to water usage vary through time and space and can be extremely complex, owing to the multiplicity of causes (e.g. diffuse sources of pollution), the interdependent nature of chemical, hydraulic and biological phenomena, constraints generated by users, etc.
Optimal water use depends on measuring the phenomena concerned, modelling processes, managing data and involving users. Smart water management can only take place if all those involved with the same issue act collectively to find new solutions. Smart water management provides opportunities for service trades and equipment suppliers, both with respect to housing, industry and agriculture.
Sophie Altmeyer - Project manager
Priority areas in the field
Steering processes by measuring water quality. The cluster aims to provide benchmark solutions.
Developing agricultural practices that are economically viable and that safeguard water resources, using approaches specifically adapted to conditions in the northeast of France.
Either finding substitutes for or extracting at source dangerous substances in contact with water, in compliance with developments in European regulations.
Action by HYDREOS in this field of activity is conducted by
the ‘Instrumentation’, ‘Micro-pollutants’ and ‘Agriculture’ working groups.
CAP ENC, a sensor that makes it possible to quantify and identify how fouling has occurred
From the moment that it first flows through, deposits are present wherever water circulates. The consequences of this are of several kinds: health risks, loss of output from installations, rapid aging, etc.
The CAP ENC project, promoted by the HYDREOS cluster and jointly approved by the EAU and Mer Bretagne clusters, aims to develop a sensor that will make it possible to quantify and identify the nature of fouling during processes and in marine environments. It relates to wide fields of application, ranging from heat exchangers to food-processing and underwater turbine generators, etc. The innovative nature of this project lies in linking discrete spectrum analysis with electrical and thermal excitation.This development is being carried out by a multi-skills partnership that brings together a research organisation recognised for its expertise in biofilm measurement (INRA TOULOUSE), a research group specialising in the environment (IRH Ingénieur Conseil), a French manufacturer of sensors for environmental metrology (PONSEL) and a large industrial group as end-user (VEOLIA).