A novel swimming pool water treatment for the detection and elimination of excess cyanuric acid
Start Date: 01 July 2014 – End Date: 30 June 2016
Summary of Project:
Poolsafe’s aim was the development of an effective and efficient solution to the cyanuric acid (CYA) problem, prevalent in swimming pools, through the development of a soft sensor to monitor the levels of CYA and other pool water quality parameters, as well as a simple, cost-effective method for degrading excess CYA, using photocatalysis.
Through the development of the novel sensor and the degradation of CYA, POOLSAFE reduces the environmental impact of swimming pool maintenance by eliminating the need to periodically replace the pool water, providing improved water quality and safety to bathers.
TelLab led the Dissemination and Exploitation Work Package which included the preparation of an Exploitation Plan for the use of project results, the management of the background and foreground Intellectual property related to the project and the preparation of a Dissemination Plan. As part of the Dissemination Plan, TelLab was responsible for the creation and updating of the project website, Linked in and Twitter pages, attendance at trade fairs and the creation of a commercial brochure.
For more details regarding the project and our partners, please go to http://www.poolsafeweb.com/
Water Network Sensors for Widespread Use
Start Date: 01 September 2013 – End Date: 29 February 2016
Summary of Project:
The WIDESENS project aimed to develop an innovative probe based on microelectronic sensors to achieve a feasible widespread use of sensors in water networks management.
The WIDESENS probe has been completed and it currently measures:
- pH 4,5-10,5
- Conductivity 0-3000 μS/cm
- Redox-potential 100-400 mV
- Free Chlorine 0-1.2 mg/l
- Pressure 0-10 bars
These parameters have demonstrated to be crucial for the evaluation of the quality of the water supply and for leak detection. Importantly, WIDESENS uses a low energy autonomous telemetry system and a user-friendly software application that can provide reports and trending data.
The R&D team worked on the validation and testing of the Widesens system in a laboratory setting and also in real life environments; real life testing was performed at TelLab´s premises in the internal water circuit of the building and in the water network of the city of La Coruña. TelLab was the Dissemination Manager for the project which included the setting up of the website, the production of a video at the end of the project and the attendance at European and International Trade Shows.
For more details regarding the project and our partners, please go to http://www.widesens-project.eu/
Deployable early warning pollution device for applications in water
Start Date: 01 December 2013 – End Date: 30 November 2015
Summary of Project:
The aim was to develop a portable, deployable early warning pollution device using state-of-the-art microfluidic and lab-on-chip technologies for water quality protection. Based on market research, it was identified that the water sector needed an affordable, real-time monitoring device to improve the detection of pollution incidents. The device was developed to detect phosphate, nitrate, nitrite, and pH.
The consortium was made up of six partners in total: two academic partners and four small/ medium enterprises (SME) partners including TelLab.
As coordinators of the project, TelLab was involved in all Work Packages of this project with a key emphasis on the development of the analytical chemistry techniques used to detect the analytes of phosphate, nitrate, nitrite, and pH.
Development of an effective exploitation and dissemination strategy was key in the success of this project and included attendance at many well attended European and international trade shows, e.g., Analytica and Arablab.
For more details regarding the project and our partners, please go to: http://www.aquawarn.com/
Creating and testing a method for controlling the air quality based on a new biotechnological tool. Use of a devitalized moss clone as passive contaminant sensor
Start Date: 01 April 2012 – End Date: 31 March 2015
Summary of Project:
The aim of the MOSSclone project was to develop and implement a method to control the air quality by using a devitalized moss clone as a passive contaminant sensor.
The MOSSclone partners from universities, as well as small and medium enterprises situated across Europe, collaborated to develop a novel, precise and inexpensive method to monitor air contamination, especially heavy metals. MOSSclone was the cultivation of a peat moss under controlled laboratory conditions, on a large scale to produce a highly pure homogenous material. These moss plants were inactivated, and the surface structures transferred to air-permeable bags under fabrication conditions. These moss-bags were then deployed in monitoring stations at a variety of different European locations and were assessed about their capability to accumulate pollutants from the air.
Living plants are already in use as biological indicators as they take up and accumulate pollutants. Mosses are especially well suited as bio-indicators for airborne pollution as they have no roots and a very high surface-to-mass ratio.
Our main tasks involved using the ICP-MS for monitoring heavy metals; the results obtained by the Mosspheres were compared with results obtained by particulate matter samplers, which have been the favoured approach to assessing ambient air quality.
With these results, the optimisation of deployment conditions was developed e.g. length of deployment, type of bag or container for deployment, deployment height.
This project illustrated that Mosspheres can identify pollutants: metals e.g., Aluminium, Arsenic, beryllium, Calcium, Cadmium, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Nickel, Lead, Selenium, Vanadium, Zinc as well as Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, dioxins and pesticides. The Mosspheres can also identify pollutant emission pollutant maps.
TelLab were also involved in the exploitation and dissemination activities of this project.
For more details regarding the project and our partners, please go to: http://www.mossclone.eu/
Advanced Technologies for Water Resource Management
Start Date: 01 December 2009 – End Date: 30 November 2013
Summary of Project:
ATWARM (Advanced Technologies for Water Resource Management) was a Marie Curie Initial Training Network funded by the EC FP7 People Programme.
ATWARM had 7 Network Partners in the UK, Germany and Ireland, and was coordinated by the QUESTOR Centre at Queen’s University Belfast (UK).
The fundamental objective of the ATWARM ITN was to enhance the career prospects of 16 young researchers by providing them with greatly enhanced scientific and technical knowledge as well as multidisciplinary skills and business aptitudes that will contribute to security of water quality and quantity for future generations within the EU.
The main S&T objectives in the ATWARM proposal were to develop advanced technologies for enhancing:
- Performance and/or sustainability of water and wastewater treatment plants
- Water quality, including advanced technologies for analysis and monitoring
Each ATWARM researcher carried out research on a specific project and was mentored by an appointed supervisor from one of the academic or industrial partners. Researchers were seconded to other Network Sites mid-way through their research project so that they would have a broader knowledge of the complete ATWARM scientific programme and its objectives.
The ATWARM project helped to move the industry forward. Each of the 16 participating researchers undertook a separate project – some in the development of technology which was quite close to market. Others worked on cutting-edge science and although this work was very much lab-based, this work also had excellent commercial potential.
TelLab’s work included the development of a standard method for Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon (TPH) analysis to be used in environmental laboratories and industry.
The requirements were:
- To meet European and national regulations
- To be cost effective
- To be applicable to different types of water (sea, waste, ground and surface-water)
- To cover a wide range of hydrocarbons.
For more details regarding the project and our partners, please go to http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/ATWARM/