PILOT TEST

Roggia Dolfina – Rosà (Vicenza, Italy)

The first complete system for the long-term operation of River Cleaning Plastic was installed in June 2021 in Rosà. The Roggia Dolfina draws its waters from the Brenta River and traverses an area dotted with small urban centers, industrial and agricultural areas. The plant, consisting of 12 3D-printed buoy modules anchored to a structure on the riverbed via cables, was positioned along a stretch of the watercourse bordered by a cycle-pedestrian path along a naturalistic route.

The Municipality of Rosà and the Brenta Reclamation Consortium sponsored the installation.

Over 100 kg of waste have been recovered, including various-sized plastic bottles, trays and packaging, caps, cans, containers, glass bottles, tires, cigarette butts, boxes, and packaged food. Despite being dated, the first pilot system provided crucial data and results to understand the extent of pollution, even in small watercourses.

ROSÀ PROJECT

Roggia Dolfina – Rosà (Vicenza, Italy)

The new system, upgraded with a surface anchoring structure, was installed in the exact location as the previous one in May 2022. Throughout its operational period, it has been updated with the latest improvements, including the generation of electrical energy by harnessing the natural water current, automatic lifting from the water for self-cleaning, sensors for status checks, and, finally, firmware to carry out all control and movement operations conveniently from a remote location.

The system is still active and serves as an “open-air laboratory” for data collection to refine our technology further.

MARTESANA PROJECT

Naviglio Martesana – Milan, Italy

Installed in September 2022 on the Naviglio Martesana in Milan, this system is the first to be implemented with the sponsorship of a private company, “La Bottega Beer Room Martesana,” located near the canal. The installation also received the endorsement of the Municipality of Milan and was an integral part of the Milan Green Week, attracting numerous visitors during its operational period.

Despite the installation’s predetermined duration, we collected 2 bags of waste per day for 15 days. The impact was significant, attracting the interest of 2 national television services and 33 published articles, in addition to increased visibility and traffic for the sponsoring company. They stood by our side in the field, cleaning one of Milan’s iconic watercourses.

This type of installation illustrates how, in an urban environment, the public sector, private entities, and innovative businesses can collaborate to implement projects with a positive environmental and social impact.

VELA 01 PROJECT

Canale Vela – Quarto D’Altino (Venice, Italy)

The Vela 01 system was installed in June 2023 and is the first to feature the new buoy modules with stainless steel shells and a grid to prevent the accumulation of algal material.

The installation was carried out near the lock of the Vela Canal, just before the siphon that intersects the Taglio del Sile, where frequent waste accumulation has occurred for years, ultimately flowing into the Adriatic Sea above the Venetian Lagoon.

The RC Vela 01 system was commissioned by the Eastern Veneto Reclamation Consortium as part of the Interreg Italy-Croatia project “MarLESS” and is equipped with all automation, self-cleaning, status check-up, and monitoring systems. It is also designed to recover debris bidirectionally depending on the tides, which at various times during the day cause a backflow upstream.

REMEDIES PROJECT

Lana River – Tirana (Albania)

The system will be installed in the summer of 2024 and will be operational until 2026, inclusive, as part of the actions to reduce plastic waste pollution in the Mediterranean basin. River Cleaning operations in Tirana make the “REMEDIES” project one of the research and innovation initiatives funded by the European Commission under the Horizon Europe program, specifically within the mission “Restore our oceans and waters by 2030.”

The project aims to combine technological solutions to combat pollution in river, maritime, and port areas with monitoring actions and citizen and institutional engagement on multiple levels.

For complete information, visit the REMEDIES website.

INSPIRE PROJECT

Po della Donzella River – Ariano nel Polesine (Rovigo, Italy)

The new River Cleaning system will be implemented in the Fall of 2024 on the Po di Gnocca, downstream of the well-known Boat Bridge on one of the main branches of the Po Delta. The River Cleaning barrier will be installed in a fully automated version. It will be complemented by the collection tank developed by the Greek partner MINDS, aiming to create a hybrid technology capable of actively blocking macroplastics 24/7, self-sustaining, and simultaneously conducting waste analysis through machine learning.

These actions will be carried out within the four-year “INSPIRE” project funded by Horizon Europe and part of the mission “Restore our oceans and waters by 2030.” The project involves collaboration with various international partners on the case study related to the Po River, all to integrate research and practical actions.

For complete information, visit the INSPIRE website.

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