Personal Smart Buoy netH2O pilot projects


We are developing several pilot projects with the Personal Smart Buoy in the netH2O family (PSB netH2O), to validate and refine our current prototype (of version 1 of the buoy) in preparation for commercialisation. If you are interested in participating in this phase please contact us. The pilot projects that we are developing can be grouped into 5 main categories:

1) Lagoons

2) Aquaculture production sites

3) Parks

4) Inland waterways and lakes

5) Diving spots

 

We have active project development in all categories. You can find more details scrolling below.

 

1) Aquaculture production sites

1.1) We are finalising deployment of 4 PSB netH2O in the Gulf of Trieste (2 in Italy and 2 in Slovenia) for environmental and biological data collection and elaboration, in relation to mussels cultivation.

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UPDATE 28 February 2021

Delivered the 4 buoys. In the coming month or so we will finalise setup and commissioning.

 

1.2) We are collaborating with one of the most high profile offshore aquaculture sites in Italian waters, Aqua Lavagna, to install one of our PSB netH2O inside their main production locations.

This PSB netH2O will be able to analyse dissolved oxygen, and will have a webcam to "see" the fish especially during feeding activities.

If other aquaculture sites are interested in participating in the pilot phase, please contact us.

2) Lagoons

2.1) We are collaborating with a leading technology development partner to bring our PSB netH2O in a beautiful Lagoon. Details coming soon!

 

3) Parks

3.1) We are working to bring our PSB netH2O in a beautiful marine location in the Tyrrhenian sea. The PSB netH2O here might contain also an acoustic sensor to monitor unauthorised transit in the area.

We'll post more details as soon as we have formalised the project details.  

 

4) Inland waterways and lakes

4.1) We are working to install one PSB netH2O in one of the main Italian inland waterways. We will monitor dissolved oxygen and temperature, and will estimate current velocity. We'll post more details as soon as we have signed an agreement.

 

5) Diving spots

5.1) One of the first projects including a PSB netH2O in a diving spot is positioned on a water depth of approximately 11m. The location is close to "Grotta del Grongo", one of the most famous diving spots in the "Magic mile" south of Livorno. 

In the following video some phases of the positioning on the sea floor of the two small mooring plates:

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This buoy is equipped with several accessories, including webcam, solar panels, and a floating component and mooring system which can be used also for the mooring of diving boats.

The site is ideally located for the positioning of a scientific buoy, which can also mitigate the environmental pressure from recreational diving activities.

The buoy is made available for free to Associazione Costiera di Calafuria to conduct scientific activities. The direct costs for this pilot project will be covered by a sponsor, Global Service SRL.

To preserve the seafloor, Elements Works has used for this PSB netH2O a mooring based on immersed tensioned buoys (jumpers). This system avoids completely the problem of abrasion of the sea floor from mooring lines. The jumpers, placed at 5m depth, can also be used by divers for a stop during their ascent.

Once setup is complete, this PSB netH2O will be able measure the water temperature and will use an innovative approach to estimate direction and intensity of currents and waves. An underwater module, linked to the surface one by cable, is equipped with a webcam which transmits its "feed" via the internet. Elements Works is responsible for collecting the data and making it available to ISPRA and to Associazione Costiera di Calafuria.

Diving Centers, which can freely use the buoy for mooring, are involved in the cleaning of the sensors and in the monitoring on the mooring lines. We want to involve also schools in this project, to increment the knowledge and the safeguarding of the territory by the population, in the spirit of "Citizen Science"

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UPDATE June 25th, 2020

COVID-19 stopped us on our tracks, but now we are restarting and plan to deploy the updated buoy as soon as possible. Today we completed the main remaining activities related to the installation of the surface component. In the page https://www.elements.community/pages/neth2o-psb-calafuria1 you can find the instructions for a correct use by diving boats and divers.