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    i-SWAT project

    Innovation in System for analisys and control in Water Treatment


    PPM di Marinai Michele:
    “Progetto finanziato dal POR FESR Toscana 2014-2020”

    PPM di Marinai Michele:
    “Project co-financed under Tuscany POR FESR 2014-2020”

    The I- SWAT project has the ambitious aim to develop the technologic instruments necessary to overcome the gap between the depuration plants and the modern approaches of the process control. In this way, it introduces the basis to develop the paradigms of the industry 4.0 in the wastewater treatment, particularly in the automation. For this reason the aims to reach are three. First of all an innovative sensor that will measure the ammonium oxidation rate, will be developed, providing a new kind of information that will suggest the real state of the depurative process. Simultaneously a wide campaign for the collection and the analysis of the real data will be conducted. This will bring to the development of a dynamic model (of the mechanistic kind), continuously updated, which simulates the depuration processes concurrently to their execution. This is the second aim and it will be used to supply indications and previsions of the processes’ trend and to individuate the most suitable corrective actions, gaining in real time from the operative parameters and environmental conditions database. Those instruments will be made concrete and usable through a series of interventions on the plants, with the aim to make them in compliance with the Iot’s principles: all the systems are able to supply information about their condition and to receive commands to carry out the necessary actions. Specific activities are planned for those aspects, as well as to organise and to realise quick and scalable new databases, also not relational, and able to register and carry out the data handling of a lot of data (big data analytics).

    All the modeling part will be collected and managed by a new control and process optimization software, which algorithms will be based on the elements above. This is the third aim of the project.

    The totality of the instruments defines a control model, specific for the wastewater treatment, able to accomplish the automatic control of the single process units. This can be exported and repeated in other plants, as the modelling activities will be conducted on two cases study, different for the kind of treatment and for the treated wastewater, they are generally representative of the totality of the water depuration industry framework.

    Each innovation above will be able to contribute, also singularly, to the increasing of the control level and to the optimization and the automation for the wastewater treatment process; However to understand the project’s philosophy, the fact that all those solutions will be developed to work in synergy with each other must be considered.