PIVER: Prediction of the Impact of industrial wastewater on rivers

Project Duration

September 2020 – March 2021



The project

PIVER is an industrial research project whose main objective is to develop an economically viable technology that allows control the impact of industrial wastewater into the riverbed. Therefore, corrective measures can be taken to improve the dissemination of these discharges. This project will reduce environmental risk and economic costs associated with environmental fines, providing guarantees to the companies that produce the spill and it offers a tool for public organizations for discharge inspection tasks.
Achieving the aforementioned objective requires the combination of: industry 4.0 digital enablers (sensors, embedded systems and drones with thermal imaging cameras); 2D hydraulic calculation software systems; and computational fluid dynamics (CFD).
This multidisciplinary project will bring together several companies with complementary knowledge and technologies. Specifically, FACSA will develop the two-dimensional hydraulic calculation and computational fluid dynamics (CFD), IDEYA will be in charge of validating the models obtained by drones and thermographic cameras, and CONTROL7 will lead all the actions related to the analytics necessary to characterize the riverbed and the spill. Finally The Confederación Hidrográfica del Ebro also gives support to this project.
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This project received funding support under the “Innovative Business Associations” framework (AEIs). This program supports to strenghten innovation clusters and is also alligned with the european strategy for competitiveness through innovation.

The groups that can benefit from this aid are those entities whose innovative potential and critical mass is enogh to get the recognition from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism through their registration in the Register of Innovative Business Groups.

Project Objectives
  •  Objective 1. Characterize the discharge into the river in detail, including its chemical properties (composition, reactions, molecular diffusivity, etc.) and its physical properties (flow rates and outlet velocities, location of the discharge in the river, etc.). This action will provide the subsequent mathematical models with accurate information.
  • Objective 2. Characterize the receiving environment. The receiving medium will be analyze  obtaining information on its physical and chemical properties. A correct characterization of these properties is mandatory to achieve good results in the following simulation models.
  • Objective 3. Model the the spill into the river. With all the information related to the spill and the receiving environment, a computer model will be made, in both 2 and 3 dimensions, with will predict the dispersion of the different pollutants and thus estimating the scope of the mixing zone. It is important to mention that the model will be validated using the data obtained through specific analytics and information provided by drones.
  • Objective 4. Determine the optimal way to introduce the spill into the river. After carrying out the simulations and their subsequent validation, a robust and reliable model will be available to optimize the location and the way in which the spill is carried out and thus minimize its impact on the river
Work Packages
The project coordinated by ZINNAE with the technical support of CONTROL7, IDEYA and FACSA, includes the following 5 work packages:

PT1 – Project coordination and dissemination.
PT2 – Characterization of discharges and the receiving environment.
PT3 – Simulations using 2D and CFD software.
PT4 – Validation of the model.
PT5 – Proposals for corrective measures.

This project will be developed between September 2020 and March 2021.

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