Futuris producer Denis Loctier introduces us to an innovative and inexpensive method of transporting fresh water to areas of drought or disaster, such as earthquakes: “Fresh water is abundant in some areas of our planet, and scarce in others. Of course we can transport fresh water by sea, but that’s expensive. Can we make it affordable? Here in Spain, engineers from a European research project are getting ready to test their solution.”
After two days of filling with fresh water an immense floating container is ready for its first journey on the open sea. It’s solid enough to walk on, but also flexible, so the waves lapp around and over it.
#RINA e #DAppolonia lanciano "Refresh": nuova tecnologia green per il trasporto marittimo di acqua dolce… pic.twitter.com/mwrto092— Nicola Capuzzo (@NicoCapuzzo) January 23, 2013
Samuele Ambrosetti is an Industrial innovation engineer with D’Appolonia: “This is a waterbag, a flexible container to transport drinking water by sea. It’s made of a highly resistant and watertight textile material. Its modules are joined together with a zipper which is very strong and waterproof.”
The zippers make it easy to combine individual segments to make the bag as large or as small as necessary.
Gianfranco Germani the general manager at Ziplast explains:
“The seam is specially designed to make this bag fully modular. It consists of two layers of material sealed like a sandwich inside the textile surface of the waterbag. In the middle of the zipper there is a polyurethane membrane which guaranties a waterproof seal.”
The prototype contains 2000 cubic metres of fresh water – that is 2000 tons of weight. The engineers need to make sure that the zippers do not burst when this heavy bag is towed at full speed on the rolling sea.