B Pilot Project incl. actuators
B1. Implementation actions
Whereas the activities in the Actions A1 and A2 above focus on the preparation and fine-tuning of the actuator technology, particulary on adopting the valve-sensor-actuator-system to the 3S Energy Save Technology, actuator manufacturing and other works such as applying for road works, inspecting installation sites including the valves to be retrofitted, Action B1 aims at the concrete preparation of the pilot demonstration itself. The activities include the definition of specifications for field tests, the adaptation of the SCADA system to incorporate the actuators, the manufacturing of the actuators, the definition of test scenarios and criteria and the elaboration of the necessary documentation. The two DMAs are already defined.
The preparatory activities are necessary to secure an effective and conclusive demonstration of a system of actuators within a water distribution network on technical, contractual and constructional level and to fully understand the smart water management objectives of the grid operators.
When detail information about specifications of the pilot actuators is available, they can be produced. The definition of test scenarios and definition of evaluation criteria is necessary to clarify upfront which insights can be obtained by the demonstration and how. To fully understand the system, be able to conduct the test self-reliant and be prepared for any incident during the demonstration, involved personnel
B2. Implementation actions
During pilot demonstration the water distribution network of Oasen will be upgraded and operated with pilot actuators and the envisaged envisaged environmental and operational benefits will be demonstrated. The main objective is to prove economic and technical viability of the system w.r.t. automated step-testing for leakage detection and active leakage control through isolation of leaks. The collected data and the demonstration results will be evaluated continuously during and finally after the demonstration phase and used to derive success stories.
This action is necessary to the pilot actuators in the SCADA system to demonstrate its technical and economic viability for smart water management applications and its environmental and operational benefits compared to the state of the art, thereby achieving the required reliability of the system. It is necessary to obtain information about its optimal and most cost-effective product design and to generate success stories in order to promote the wider market uptake