Solution Provider: Environmental Monitoring Solutions Ltd

Name of the organisation

Environmental Monitoring Solutions Ltd

Contact Person

Pete Skipworth

Targeted Markets: Beyond Europe

Description of the Solution

CENTAUR is an intelligent autonomous system for local urban flood risk reduction. It utilises untapped network capacity. A gate controls flow using an intelligent algorithm which analyses local level data. CENTAUR can also be used for limiting CSO spills, managing flows into energy intensive assets, and as a complementary solution to work in harmony with SUDS and reduce the size of new storage and attenuation schemes. CENTAUR was born out of the need to reduce flooding (or create extra network capacity) in ever more crowded urban spaces. It was also in response to the compounding effects of climate change and more peaked storms and flash-flooding problems. CENTAUR was developed under a €3.5m EU Horizon 2020 Project which began. The technology has been protecting a World Heritage Site in Coimbra, Portugal flawlessly for the last 6 months.

Main Innovative Element:

CENTAUR is self-managing and easily deployed (retrofit). It is orders of magnitude less costly than alternative capital and space intensive solutions. The system provides “virtual storage”. The technical innovation is around artificial intelligence, autonomy, melding and tailoring of different comms technologies, power efficiency, reliability. Radio comms give guaranteed signal. A fuzzy logic algorithm makes decisions based on the changing situation. An online dashboard gives visibility and system reconfiguration capability (however, the system operates autonomously). Bluetooth can be used to connect to modules. Sensor redundancy gives reliable level data. The system can self-disables if compromised. The gate technology has physical fail-safes to give minimum upstream risk. The system is modular and extensible, with lamp-post and in-manhole mounting, powered by solar or batteries. A kiosk and mains power are required at the control site. Complementary modelling tools are available.

Kinds of Problems

CENTAUR creates new capacity from existing infrastructure at low cost, or in situations where space and capital simply aren’t available. This capacity is targeted at reducing flood-risk, environmental impact, and/or energy consumption. Deployment times are short with little requirement for planning permission. It avoids the disruption of large civil engineering schemes. Once the gate is installed, the monitoring and control system is installed and commissioned, with on-board connectivity diagnostics, in a working day. The system is self-managing; it is effectively “fit-and-forget”. However, system operation can be observed via the internet; live system status and integrity. The system has been designed to be failsafe. It results in a net reduction in risk, rather than, for example, in the transferring of risk upstream. The system is modular and extensible, so can be implemented gradually where several CENTAUR systems form an intelligent wastewater network.