HydroStyx electric, developed for EU CENTAUR research project, well-received in Paris

HydroStyx discharge brake, electric, reduces urban flood risk and utilises storage volume in wastewater systems

Work on the CENTAUR joint research project, led by the University of Sheffield, started in 2015. The result is a fuzzy-logic controlled wastewater system management application. Steinhardt’s innovative flow control system enables the switching of discharges within seconds so that lower-lying areas are spared flooding. The system is self-learning and within minutes can switch entire flow settings to activate retention. There are no longer delays such as the 20 minutes expected with model calculations. The equipment has been installed in Coimbra, Portugal, and in Toulouse, France, and already a 77% increase in storage capacity and a 78% reduction in discharge pollutant loading have been recorded. Following the successful completion of the first pilot projects, a well-attended final “consortium” meeting was held in Paris on 11thJuly 2018. Steinhardt engineer, Ingo Mayer (photo), presented the enormous potential savings attainable by installation of the new HydroStyx electric to the expert audience of research colleagues from the various institutes and companies.

The CENTAUR technology was awarded the ‘Most Innovative New Technology of the Year’ at the 2018 Water Industry Awards.