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ICRA RESEARCH: 4SM Spread Sewer Sensing for Sustainable Management

Monday, 28 February 2022

At the end of 2021, the 4SM Spread Sewer Sensing for Sustainable Management project began, which was obtained from the call for R+D+i projects on strategic lines in public-private collaboration by Mineco.

The main goal of 4SM is to create a new set of sensors and tools for the advanced and sustainable management of sewage systems. 4SM addresses four of the most important challenges/opportunities for optimal sewer management, such as promoting the digitization process of sewer networks; improve the capabilities of current monitoring tools; harness resource and energy recovery from sewage, and develop highly innovative methods for corrosion, toxicity and odor control.

4SM aims to simultaneously develop innovative methods for advanced sustainable infrastructure management while accelerating the connection between the physical and digital worlds in urban sanitation systems. The project, led by researcher Oriol Gutierrez, from ICRA’s Technology and Assessment Area (TiA), has a total budget of €590,081, of which €299,000 is managed by ICRA, and with 2 industrial partners, FACSA and Eurecat.