E²STORMED addressed the challenge of improving energy efficiency through sustainable urban stormwater management, and had the goal to provide local authorities with management tools that allow them to take informed decisions (by improving existing management tools incorporating energy efficiency indicators and adapting them to MED cities).
E²STORMED institutional partners had in charge of the implementation of the management tools (developed by the operational partners) in their cities. Their participation has been of paramount importance as it has been the only way to verify the applicability of the tools to MED cities (going from a theoretical practical tool to demonstrate their real value for the municipalities). In this sense, pilot activities took place in the municipalities that these partners represent: Benaguasil (Spain), Cetinje (Montenegro), Pisa (Italy), Hersonissos (Greece), Zagreb (Croatia) and Msida (Malta).
- Decision Support Tool (DST) to improve energy efficiency in the urban water cycle in smart MED cities by the use of innovative storm water management systems. The DST allows local authorities to take better informed decisions
- Transition Manual for rolling out improved technologies
- Strategic Action Plan for energy efficiency improvement by the use of innovative storm water management systems
In the frame of the E²STORMED, six Regional Working Groups on Energy Efficiency were created, to allow the participation of the main actors related to energy, water and urban development, public as well as private, to enable the identification of new opportunities and works niches (green jobs).
In addition, a green roof was built and monitored in Benaguasil (Spain) to quantify its energy efficiency in comparison to a conventional one.
E²STORMED Decision Support Tool
The E²STORMED Decision Support Tool is a software which supports the decision-making process in urban stormwater management. Using this tool, the advantages and disadvantages of different drainage scenarios can be compared and different decision criteria can be defined to choose the best option for urban stormwater management. The E²STORMED DST encourages making decisions based not only on financial criteria, but also on energy, environmental and social criteria.
The procedure to compare different drainage infrastructures’ scenarios is described in the Quick Reference Guide and the Decision Support Tool Guidelines, included in the E²STORMED DST.
The tool can be used in one of the 6 supported languages (English, Spanish, Italian, Croatian, Montenegrin and Greek) and can be freely downloaded at the link below, inserting your name and e-mail address.
This software has been developed by the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) with the assistance of the University of Abertay Dundee within the E²STORMED project.
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Decision Support Tool Applications, Transition management and Strategic action plans
The Decision Support Tool was applied in the 6 pilot cities of the E²STORMED project and tested in the territory of Grana and Maira Valleys Mountain Community. The reports on the applications can be downloaded here below; for all pilot cities, a Transition manual for rolling out improved technologies and a Strategic Action Plan were developed:
Dronero (Maira Valley): DST Test
Benaguasil: Green roof monitoring
During E²STORMED (from July 2013 to January 2015), thermal behavior and energy consumption of the air conditioning system has been monitored, on a public building located in Benaguasil (Valencia, Spain), before and after the implementation of a green roof of about 300 m2: the results of the monitoring are illustrated in the present Report.
To picture a framework on storm water management and adopted solutions, within the E²STORMED project UPV and UAD elaborated 4 reports to describe the state-of-the-art from different points of view:
The Final Conference of E²STORMED project, organized by the Grana and Maira Valleys Mountain Community, took place on Thursday May 28th 2015 at the Circolo dei Lettori in Torino (Italy) and was a satellite initiative of the European Green Week 2015.
The Conference focused on the main results in the application of the E²STORMED Decision Support Tool (DST). After a general overview on the project, the activity of the Hydroelectric Power Plant in Pellerina City Park was presented by professor Maurizio Rosso (Politecnico di Torino) as a new model of Smart Energy Production in Turin. Success stories on sustainable storm-water management in Benaguasil, Cetinje and Pisa and the use of DST in Malta and Zagreb were also reported, together with examples of dissemination in Hersonissos.
Then, during the early afternoon, the round table “Looking to the future” hosted panelists from six municipalities of E²STORMED, discussing new expectations and challenges.
In the following days, the E2STORMED partners reached the territory of the Maira Valley for the last meeting and a technical visit to two hydroelectric plants.
The first one, plant “FRERE 2″, active since November 2006, is located in the valley of the river Unerzio, in Acceglio. The intake is located above the village of Chialvetta, while the plant is in Borgata Frere. The plant uses water from the river Unerzio (average flow rate and maximum derivable are respectively 0,458 m3/s and 1,100 m3/s) to produce approximately 11 GWh per year, with a head of 369 m and capacity of 3,100 kW.
The second one, hydroelectric plant “Delle Fie Maurin”, active since 2012, is located in the valley of the Rio Maurin, in the municipality of Acceglio. It is made by a grip on the Rio (river) Maurin, a sand trap channel, a penstock of about 1 km lenght and a plant that returns used water to Rio Maurin, upstream of the confluence with the Rio Stroppia. The plant (average flow rate and maximum derivable respectively 0,187 m3/s and 1,200 m3/s) produces about 4 Gwh per year, thanks to a jump of 195 m and a capacity of 1,900 kW.
Finally, the conference and the meeting were a good occasion of exchange and proposal for the prosecution of the E2STORMED experience through further projects and collaborations among partners.
The Proceedings include all the presentations of the Final Conference.