Marina Rimini is latest client of Solaris Acquae
Even the yacht harbour in Romagna wanted to avail this technology and will use for its 662 moorings 80 m3/day of water at zero km, coming from the sea, desalinated and purified thanks to a new reverse osmosis technology
Even Marina di Rimini wanted to avail this technology and will use for its 662 moorings 80 m3/day of water at zero km, coming from the sea; water which is desalinated and purified thanks to a new reverse osmosis technology. In practice this new generation of desalination plants benefits a new technological approach based on savings and reliability, manufactured by Padua-based Solaris Aquae. The latter is part of Tobago srl, claiming to be the first Italian independent commercial network in energy efficiency, whose main market are energy and water business.
Fine tuned thanks to an experience of Energy Management, Tobago Srl –run by CEO Carolina Franceschini - is able to design, construct and invest in renewable projects, being a structured and commercially established Italian company, active since 2009 the financial management of investments in green business and renewable energy.
Tobago's expertise is historically founded on the development, construction and management of large renewable energy production plants. Today it invests and manages directly the wide range of ‘green’ projects: biogas, photovoltaics and water treatment projects.
One of the most interesting among them in recent years is certainly the reverse osmosis desalination, Solaris Aquae technology thanks to which you can get drinking water directly from the sea.
“The advantages are both an economic (water costs less than half of the standard tariffs) and ecological nature. In fact, the system produces unlimited amount of pure water without using chemical additives, counteracting problems due to the water scarcity phenomenon” states Franceschini.
Reliability of assistance and maintenance is of first importance.
In fact, the system operates in remote control and is always connected to the Assistance Center which remains active 24/7, in order to control the operating parameters and guarantee timely assistance. The connection is in radiofrequency, with M2M (machine to machine) technology. Above all, this innovation allows those who buy the plant to benefit the tax advantages of hyper-depreciation for Industry 4.0.
“The novelty also lies in the fact that the water produced by desalination is not only potable, but also completely purified and can be processed with electrolysis to break down the legionella biofilm, all this without any chemical additives. Furthermore, it must be said that the industrialization of this system aimed to make the system components efficient, in order to maintain low consumptions.
The modern technologies used in our systems make it possible to optimize the energy consumption for the production of cubic meter of water, which is reduced by 70% compared to the technologies, previously available on the market. This energy saving clearly affects the cost of water: in fact, the system can be sold as a plant or a sort of operating rental can be made, modulated on the purchase of cubic meter of water” Tobago’s leader added.
This second method of purchase is defined in technical jargon as BOOT.
“Today many marinas choose this option, because water expenses remain high, if not excessive in some areas of Italy: certainly, savings on the cost of water consumed without any investment remains an indispensable alternative. Other marinas such as Pescara and Rimini, have preferred instead to buy directly our desalination plants in order to self-produce drinking water in total autonomy” Franceschini noted.
The desalination plant is compact, designed to be plug and play, occupies up to half of the space required for the most compact conventional system of equal production capacity: this means that it is not difficult to find the suitable space and the most favorable technical solution.
Knowing how to exploit new technologies and work on energy and water savings is important for the economy and the growth of tourism, considering that Italy is surrounded by water, and many others are countries are the same.
“Perhaps it does not always make sense to get water from the mountains, when you can have it at zero km” Franceschini adds by raising interest on a water footprint. “We consume much more water than we think. Everything we use, wear, buy, sell and eat takes water to make. The water footprint shows the total volume of fresh water consumed to produce each of the goods and services we use. It can be calculated for a single process, such as growing wheat, for a product, such as a pair of shoes, for the car fuel we buy, or for an entire multi-national company. The water footprint can also give us an idea how much water is being used by a particular country or globally”.