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What is the De Nora Idea Challenge?
This is a call to PhD students, start-ups, entrepreneurs, engineers, marketers, UI/UX designers, data scientists, software developers, and environmental enthusiasts, to make an impact while competing for cool prizes. Ignite forward change by developing ideas on how to leverage digital technologies (e.g. mobile apps, IoT, AR/VR, big data and analytics, etc.) within the water and wastewater treatment industry that will benefit our community and customers.
As a leading company within the water treatment sector, De Nora invites you to join our Idea Challenge to contribute your innovative, digitally-driven ideas to wake up the water space!
IoW Teams and Projects
A WAY TO ACCESS EMERGING MARKETS
We believe that a real and sustainable way for DeNora to penetrate new markets in the so-called emerging economies is to involve the local community to transform it into part of the DeNora Support Crew. This can be achieved through an articulation between DeNora and local communities in these emerging countries, where DeNora can deliver very basic tools, easy to learn to use and resilient to poor infrastructure (typical of emerging economies), decentralizing and cheapening the processes DeNora uses today to sell, install and support.
Contact: Patricio Arias
AIS – artificial intelligence support
Our idea is to monitor De Nora’s facilities using artificial intelligence in order to guarantee the operators the best possible support. To do this, they are inexpensively equipped or retrofitted with small computers that evaluate the sensor data.
The systems equipped in this way learn to avoid fences that occur over time, to counteracting errors by the staff, and automatically order spare parts in advance if they are needed soon. The exchange and modification of system parts are supported by augmented reality. This means that the operators of the systems can be instructed with their smartphones.
Contact: Marcel Simon
De Nora Asset Management System (DAMS)
The suggested solution would start from easy-to-implement steps until it develops into a sophisticated and effective tool that would benefit both De Nora and the customers from its first phase. The systems equipped in this way learn to avoid fences that occur over time, to counteracting errors by the staff, and automatically order spare parts in advance if they are needed soon. The exchange and modification of system parts are supported by augmented reality. This means that the operators of the systems can be instructed with their smartphones.
Contact: Marcel Simon
Water Intelligence. Collecting data and then, what?
Expensive and highly technological equipment is used to ensure compliance with the water treatment plant’s operating parameters, which capture a huge amount of information and then send it to the local central computer (PLC), but once there, all of this data collecting
is NOT used or analyzed to take advantages of the design, construction, operation
and maintenance processes.
For that reason, the correct use, analysis, and exploitation of information and databases through Checktobuild – Water Intelligence (WI) would be a great business opportunity to DNWT, enabling De Nora to go further with the actual cycle of clients and would strength customer intimacy through a better after-sales service o “co-operator” of the systems sold. Our technological and disruptive system that integrates Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and IoT is able to give predictive management, real-time detection of inefficient or unsafe patterns, and remote monitoring with more than 90% reliability.
All clients of De Nora could prevent accidents and act on the faults detected, improving the decision-making process by employees and people in charge of the different processes, the communications to the personnel through automatic reporting (KPI ́s, dashboarding and alerts to everyone involved), detecting failures in early or non-critical stages (waste and chemical product leaks, open doors, etc.) and even reducing their carbon footprints.
This new “service” would facilitate the digital transformation and achieve more efficiency, security, and quality of water in every single plant of DNWT actual customers (or new ones). We think that this solution could apply first to chlorine treatment and filtration systems due to the opportunity to generate value in a short period of time, and then transversally to all other treatment plants.
Contact: Alejandro Ruiz Lara – firstname.lastname@example.org
Aqua Qualis (Real Time Water Quality Monitoring System)
Water quality maintenance is crucial in strategizing control and pitching in measures to reduce water pollution and degradation of aquatic ecosystems. Periodic monitoring of water quality is an essential exercise that can help to keep track of hydrological information of water bodies. This product proposal presents a new system that can make water quality monitoring more efficient with the objective of preventing ongoing pollution control trends. Here, we propose a well-structured technique to collect the quality parameters, especially chemical indicators, and generate characteristic maps for each of the parameters about the particular water body under survey. The data collected is transferred to the cloud in real-time to keep track of the quality of the water body under survey, and giving access to real-time quality data of different chemical and biological indicators like pH, dissolved oxygen, total dissolved solvents, turbidity, etc. The proposed system solves major limitations of existing methods, thereby making the water quality monitoring efficient, and minimizing water pollution.
Contact: Shriram K Vasudevan
cost-effective automated early heavy metal warning system
We will develop an early warning system capable of frequently on-site monitoring heavy metal (HM) (e.g., arsenic and Pb) in various aqueous streams, including drinking water, wastewater, and cooling water. This system relies on anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV), which is a well-established technique that could accurately detect μg/L level HMs. In addition, ASV is ready to be miniaturized. Furthermore, with the help of industrial single-board computers, this system could autonomously conduct metal measurements and report the findings remotely. Importantly, this system is highly automated and will be readily integrated into the MicroChem® system, which is developed by De Nora.
Contact: Shengcun Ma
PurifEye – smart monitoring of small water and wastewater treatment
PurifEye is a package of sensors and software designed to reduce downtime and costs through predictive maintenance and optimized efficiency while ensuring a sufficient treatment performance even without an operator on site. PurifEye emphasizes remote treatment performance monitoring. Being the first of its kind, PurifEye revolutionizes the digital water treatment front. With this upgrade, De Nora will be able to challenge even large competitors. Automation with PurifEye will enable decentralized water treatment
infrastructure to come on par with a centralized one.
Retrofits to help efficient reuse of water, while monitoring water quality,
helping customers cut cost, and enabling sustainable use of natural resources
Retrofits can help efficiently reuse water, while monitoring water quality, helping customers cut costs, and enabling sustainable use of water. Water quality and availability can be managed in an efficient way which can solve the problem of clean water for various purposes. This can be achieved by using an innovative solid-state pH sensor to evaluate the water quality. Humans have realized the efficient use of water for many centuries, but modern city life and design of life have deprived communities of using resources efficiently. This has caused a serious dearth of water in many places. Conditions of drought are prevalent from time to time alerting us to use water efficiently. Many countries like Singapore1 and UAE2 have experienced this situation way before other countries who do get alerted by droughts but have not still adopted methods that can help sustainable use of resources. Residential and commercial establishments generate different types of wastewater, which could be efficiently cleaned and used for certain purposes. The unique methods to clean different types of waters will be a game-changer if put to practice in a very methodical fashion. Reduce, reuse and recycle will be the motto, while also harnessing other easily available water sources which people ignore for the most part. This approach can also be beneficial to the environment and increase the quality of life by keeping our surroundings green and clean. The solar and EV industry has used a similar approach to increase its market presence and its market value. Governments and policymakers have realized the importance and helped these technologies flourish too. Now, the spotlight should be on WATER. Our proposal here is to use retrofits that can resonate with the digital world and help monitor water use, water reuse, water quality, highlighting resulting economic benefits and guiding the user/customer with action alerts that can help them benefit in multiple ways via a path to sustainability.
De Nora Tracking and Augmented Manual (D-TAM)
Our integrated digital solution – D-TAM – for customer support combines SightCall’s AR functionality with a tracking system and dynamic video-based manual/training app for an end-to-end experience that is simple, seamless, and sure. It is available through a three-tier pricing model and bespoke offering for smart/AR glasses.
D-TAM helps De Nora understand where customers are in the design to the deployment process, rapidly troubleshoot issues and better deploy De Nora employees, and helps customers to rapidly train, troubleshoot and order spare parts for devices like SEACLOR®.
Safe Drinking Water @ Workplaces
Our onsite drinking water treatment solution to disinfect pathogens using the chlorination method is a great addition to any workplace. The treated water is further dispensed through foot/sensor operating units to provide a superior consumer experience.
The compactly designed solution finds its additional benefit when coupled with the remote water management system that works through an integrated platform for revenue collection and online management of devices supports financial viability and accountability of water service operations and offers a deeper insight into effective drinking water management.
SOG Water Solutions
IoT optimized Atmospheric Water Generator
The project proposed by SOG is an IoT-empowered Atmospheric Water Generator (AWG), a machine that generates drinking water via a cooling-condensation process using renewable energy. As AWG efficiency is dependent on weather conditions, we take advantage of weather forecast data to predict demand/supply ratios in conjunction with energy availability forecasts and dynamic optimization of energy consumption. This will lower the operational costs (Wh/L) and improve unit economics ($/L) and therefore positively impact the attractiveness of this technology while broadening the application range. The technology can augment traditional water technologies and expand the customer range of DeNora.
Contact: Keenan Lawrence
High level vision of sewer infrastructure
With this project, it is proposed to design a set of tools that will help improve the availability of information on sewer infrastructure. Information will then be available to customers which can include local agencies, homeowners, professionals, and De Nora personnel, that will be able to better manage and share information related to specific/desired products. The tool will be designed upon customer needs. As a result of improved management of data and connection among customers, the community and the environment will benefit from a higher level of sewer management.
Contact: Gabriele Bonaiti
The Water Hub
Water is a critical resource for human survival. Many factors have greatly affected our water quality and quantity, making the treatment and management of water essential for our continued existence.
With De Nora’s multi-parameter MicroChem® water analysis device we will transform the MicroChem® platform into a Smart MicroChem® (SMC) sensor, which is a paradigm-shifting approach to water treatment. Data collected from SMC networks will enable the real-time monitoring of water quality data alongside a robust software platform to optimize treatment processes. Thus, an intelligent water quality network will be formed that will help to maintain water quality parameters at optimum levels.
Contact: Uchenna Apugo
We want to facilitate the process of realizing clean and safe water for small communities. A web-based platform that serves as a hub for the global water market. It connects stakeholders bundles their knowledge and creates new data-driven, swarm-intelligent solutions. Products and services of all members have automatically connected through device-dependent interfaces. The solution is customer-oriented to develop the best price performance. De Nora can initiate this market disruptive development and can adapt their long-term business strategies through insights across the global market.
Contact: Andres Lucht