Pipestatus Go Global

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Coordinator SWEDEN WATER RESEARCH AKTIEBOLAG - SWEDEN WATER RESEARCH AB
Funding from Vinnova SEK 470 200
Project duration March 2019 - October 2019
Status Ongoing

Purpose and goal

This study will establish collaborations between technology providers and utilities within water, wastewater and district heating outside of Sweden. The goal is to understand their challenges and plan for demo installations, bench marking and further R&D. Those dig-free and non-invasive status assessment methods for buried pipes that we would like to introduce to markets outside of Sweden are 1) Delta-t for assessing the strength of pressurized metallic pipes (Arne Jensen AB) and 2) Electro-chemical method for localizing damaged insulation on insulated metallic pipes (RISE).

Expected results and effects

The aim of the study is to understand whether the international and globally leading utilities have the same challenges as those in Sweden and to verify if the ideas developed by the Pipestatus team will stand in a global perspective. The focus area of predictive maintenance is at the frontline of technology development. It is therefore important to include larger markets at an early stage when setting new standards. If a successful proof of concept is developed for the district heating market, it will enable developments for the water and wastewater market in the next step.

Planned approach and implementation

This pilot study will explore the interest in collaboration among already established contacts in Berlin, Warsaw and Seoul. This selection is due to the large district heating nets in these cities and countries. The strategy is to give the methods a first market growth within district heating, which is readier to incorporate them, and later to develop them further to fit water and waste water utilities. Interviews with and visits to the utilities abroad will be made. Similarly, we will offer them to study the first installations on site in Helsingborg at Öresundskraft.

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