Water efficiency and innovation: national summit at NOI Techpark

Over 350 participants in Bolzano for a point on technological solutions useful for countering the impacts of drought and the energy crisis

Water: the summit "Drought and energy crisis: the challenges in managing aqueduct systems - Dürre und Energiekrise: Neue Herausforderungen beim Betrieb von Wasserversorgungssystemen" hosted by the NOI Techpark of Bolzano
The summit "Drought and energy crisis: the challenges in managing aqueduct systems - Dürre und Energiekrise: Neue Herausforderungen beim Betrieb von Wasserversorgungssystemen" hosted by the NOI Techpark of Bolzano
(Photo: Daniele Fiorentino)

Climate change, the energy crisis and water shortages pose increasingly challenging objectives for the entities that manage the drinking water networks, even in South Tyrol.
What technologies and solutions can be implemented to ensure more efficient and sustainable water management?
350 men and women experts in the field of water networks, belonging to both the research and business worlds, discussed it at a congress organized by the NOI Techpark.
After the greetings of the Provincial Councilor for the Environment Giuliano Vettorato, Bruno Brunone, President of the CSSI (Centro Studi Idrici Systems) opened the tenth edition of the national symposium, organized for the first time in South Tyrol in collaboration between CSSI, US Techpark, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano e University of Perugia.

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Water: Bruno Brunone is President of the CSSI (Centro Studi Idrici Systems) in Italy
Bruno Brunone is President of the CSSI (Centro Studi Idrici Systems) in Italy

In South Tyrol the best sustainable water management practices of Italy and Germany

Exponents from the world of research, Italian and German water service operators and technological companies spoke on the key issues of the sector.
They reviewed the best practices of sustainable water management, the most innovative solutions to reduce water losses and the use of artificial intelligence in planned maintenance works.
The event also saw the direct involvement of 8 companies (notably Cartorender, ISOIL Industria, Jindal Saw Italia, HBI, Maddalena, RACI, Georg Fischer, Grundfos) which through a mini-expo were able to present the most promising technological innovations in the sector .

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Water: the headquarters of the NOI Techpark in Bolzano with the piezometric tower clearly visible
The headquarters of the NOI Techpark in Bolzano with the water tower clearly visible

Stefano Dal Savio: "Networking and sharing of know-how are essential"

"The exchange of knowledge, networking and sharing of know-how are now indispensable because managing water efficiently means considering the entire integrated water cycle, from collection to purification, so that sectoral approaches do not prevail", has explained Stephen Dal Savio, manager of the Tech Transfer Green team of the US Techpark.
“We already have a solid network of companies and start-ups, for example, AIAQUA, the first spin-off of the Free University of Bolzano, as well as research skills with the Thermofluid Dynamics Laboratory directed by Professor Maurizio Righetti”.
And yet: “A network that we plan to extend by initiating cooperation both at national and European level. These are, in fact, some of the main objectives of our technology transfer events”.

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"Drought and energy crisis: the challenges in managing aqueduct systems" (second part)

"Drought and energy crisis: the challenges in managing aqueduct systems" (first part)

Water: the Thermo-fluid dynamics laboratory of the Free University of Bolzano at the NOI Techpark
The Thermofluid Dynamics Laboratory of the Free University of Bolzano at the NOI Techpark