TELE-Monitoring and Advanced teleControl of high yield wastewater treatment

Targeting an unstable biological process, the TELEMAC project proposes a set of adaptive and customisable tools for the small units in order to improve the quality of their depollution process, reduce the treatment cost and increase the derivative products output. It is stressing on the synergy expected from the merger of robust advanced control algorithms and supervision systems based on artificial intelligence techniques. Its objectives are to: Provide a set of tools to assist a remote expert centre in managing a wastewater treatment plant through internet. This will improve the process reliability and quality. Guarantee a customised depollution system to SMEs i.e. characterised by a low cost, plug and play installation and easily portable architecture Decrease the depollution cost (maintenance cost , operational cost, post treatment cost, initial investment) Improve derived products output, and in particular provide a biogas quality suitable for cogeneration The TELEMAC project will rely upon 7 specific yet inter-dependent workpackages. WP 1 will run the experimentation and validation aspect of the project. It is therefore the cornerstone of the TELEMAC project as it is involved from the very beginning by providing data (at lab, pilot and industrial scale) and in every major step of the project, up to the final validation. WP2 will focus on the Smart Sensors development. It will specify the sensors requirements, design and build both hardware and software sensors, integrate fault residues in the sensors to improve the information reliability, validate and integrate optimally sensors from lab to full industrial scale. WP3 will provide the Advanced Control system relying upon validated models in normal and abnormal working conditions. It will develop models, on line estimate the main model parameters, and design robust controllers to achieve optimal control and help the process to recover in case of failure. WP4 will design the supervision system by providing an adaptive fault detection and isolation strategy. It will develop knowledge base and data base management, learning algorithms and provide assistance to human to help them address the problems. WP5 will be dedicated to software integration, analysing information security requirements and setting up web based interfaces and communication tools. It will integrate all the TELEMAC modules into a functioning whole. WP6 will ensure an efficient exploitation and dissemination of the results, both in the scientific and industrial domains. This last point will rely on a deep end users' involvement and a prepared implementation phase. WP7 will co-ordinate the project scientifically and administratively. It will create the necessary conditions for the project to achieve its objectives and perform the project review to guarantee the quality of the actions implemented. Once every WP output validated and integrated in the achieved final TELEMAC system, the project will not only have provided scientific improvements (sensors network, new models, remote control and supervision systems..). The TELEMAC project will also allow the development of new economic activities that can be foreseen as there is actually no match for what the project offers to SMEs. New companies will develop by providing remote assistance for wastewater treatment plants management world wide.

Project duration: 2001-09-01 - 2004-09-01

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Peter Vanrolleghem
Department of Applied Mathematics, Biometrics and Process Control
Coupure Links 653
B-9000 Gent
Tel: +32(0)9 264 5932
Fax: +32(0)9 264 6220

Last update: 01 december 2008,

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