Elements Works was founded in 2014 by Michele Grassi, with the goal of devoping advanced producsts and services in the Blue Economy area.
For the first few years the company co-developed with 40South Energy and then installed, operated and maintained the H24 wave energy converter.
In 2017 Elements Works started a thorough market analysis for the netH2O concept, which led to the first mock-ups and presentations. In 2019 the first demonstrator buoy was built, leading to subsequent pilot projects.
Now, the revolutionary netH2O platform for buoys and marine drones is here!
Our first pilot projects have been diverse in nature and in application.
In the Gulf of Trieste, we delivered 4 netH2O-F buoy/drones capable of collecting and transmitting in near real time data on Chlorophill-a, salinity, dissolved oxygen, temperature and current speed. The data, alongside space data from the Copernicus platform and ground data from the Friuli Venezia Giulia sensors network, is then used in a Machine Learning software to try and predict possible critical situations related to mussels cultivation. The buoy/drones incorporate our innovative (patent pending) sysyem to prevent biofouling of sensors.Two buoys are in Italian waters, and two in Slovenian ones.
In Capraia island we deployed, together with the research institute CREA, two netH2O-C buoys to monitor an experiment with fish food that they conducted. The experiment was completed and now the buoys are back with us for an upgrage.
See our Pilot projects page for further information on our activities.
For the development of netH2O, we performed together with the portal BackToWork24, a crowdfunding campaign. From the campaign web page you can get the details. The round now has been successfully completed.
We recently acquired from SCUOLA SUPERIORE SANT’ANNA, UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA, AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS, M.P, CONSORCIO CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIÓN BIOMÉDICA EN RED, M.P. the exclusive licence on a revolutionary water sensing technology, which we plan to integrate in our flagship netH2O platform.
The company is now working on a second investment round, to accelerate commercial launch of our netH2O. If you want to invest please contact us.
In the past, Elements Works has developed some key innovative underwater technologies, among which an underwater cultivation system (useful, among other things, in underwater reforestation projects or in aquaculture) and an underwater barrier system (useful, among other things, to build seapools (swimming pools located at sea) or jellyfish nets which can be mounted by the final user without intervention of specialised personnel and that can withstand significant variations in water depth due to waves or tides.
In the picture above the Autonomous Dredging Platform, which is a 4 tonnes ASV used for precision dredging. The Autonomous Dredging Platform was entirely designed and built by Elements Works.
Elements Works specialises also in marine and underwater works and scientific activities with a high technological content: we are one of the very few operators worldwide which can boast actual field experience in installation, operations and maintenance of wave energy converters having carried out end-to-end of of the very few such projects worldwide.
State of the art technology and the four elements: an explosive mix which gives birth to unique projects.
Elements Works has several high profile clients for its marine products and services. The main ones as of today are:
Bagni Rex di Livorno, for which we built and installed an advanced jellyfish net system.
Consorzio per il Centro Interuniversitario di Biologia Marina ed Ecologia Applicata (CIBM) di Livorno, to which we offer advances support services for their activities at sea.
Enel Green Power, for which we conduct all O&M activities at the wave energy site in Marina di Pisa and we conducted a feasibility study for an additional site.
Navicelli SpA, for which we completed bathymetric studies and a computation of dredging volumes prior and subsequently dredging activities in the canal.
Panteaenius GmbH, for which we completed, in coordination with Capitaneria di Porto, an offshore underwater search of a leisure boat supposed to be sunk.
Porto di S. Vincenzo, for which we completed some underwater maintenance work inside the harbour.
Porto di Pisa SpA, for which we completed several precision bathymetries for areas inside and outside the harbour, and we completed the consenting process for the dredging of the entrance of the harbour (“avamporto”), including the collection of samples for subsequent analysis by a specialised laboratory. We subsequently conducted the dredging of part of the entrance of the harbour, using a pump operated by our floating mini-barge, which we designed and built. All activities have been documented with precision bathymetries (using a differential GPS system), executed analysed and rendered on digital supports by us.
Punto Arno Srl, for which we completed the dredging of an area on Arno River, opening it again to boat access after several decades of inactivity. For the activity we used mainly our pump mounted on our own mini-barge, plus other dredging equipment. All activities have been documented with precision bathymetries (using a differential GPS system), executed analysed and rendered on digital supports by us.
Stabilimento Bagni Paolieri snc, for which we built and installed an advanced jellyfish net system.
40South Energy Italia SRL, for which Elements Works has conducted and is conducting all sea and underwater R&D activities on the H24 machines. During the past few years we managed the Marina di Pisa wave energy site (which contains one H24-50 wave energy converter, now owned by Enel Green Power).