Sent:                               donderdag 23 maart 2017 12:10

Subject:                          SUBSOL NEwsletter

 

 

Subsol 1st Newsletter, March 2017

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Dear Readers,

This is the first of a series of Subsol Newsletters that we are happy to share with you. You will read about recent highlights of the project, learn about current activities at the demonstration sites, and discover what missions and other events are ahead. We hope you will enjoy the current news on subsurface water solutions, and look forward to cooperating in the future.

Warm Regards,

The Subsol Project Team

SUBSOL has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 642228

 

14.03.2017

Awareness and Assessment missions conducted to SubSol Target Markets

 

Over the past couple of months, together with the site partners, adelphi conducted missions to SUBSOL target sites. The missions focused on awareness generation as well as the assessment of framework conditions for SWS technologies.

 

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02.03.2017

Subsol exposure: pTA movie and Subsol brochure

A movie was created to show the process of the pTA workshops at the replication sites. The Falster site is shown as an example of the workshop held at all replication sites.

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A movie was created to show the process of the pTA workshops at the replication sites. The Falster site is shown as an example of the workshop held at all replication sites.

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07.02.2017

Mission visit to Replication and Target Sites

in Mexico

The Subsol project aims to learn from the existing SWS implementations, in order to accelerate the further uptake elsewhere. Therefore, a field-tour was organised to visit the reference sites across the country with consortium members. At each site, a workshop was organised with the end users and local stakeholders, such as water authorities, agricultural associations, and SMEs.

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23.01.2017

Stakeholders Dinteloord speak up during pTA workshop

While treated effluent was infiltrating the target aquifer at 2 km from the town of Dinteloord, stakeholders gathered in the local hotel to discuss its implementation during the participatory technical assessment (pTA).

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19.12.2016

SWS E-pitch at the WaterInnEU platform

Last November 2nd we had the chance to present ASR-Coastal to an European audience via an E-pitch at the WaterInnEU platform.

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30.11.2016

Subsol consortium learns lessons from Dutch reference sites

The Subsol project aims to learn from the existing SWS implementations, in order to accelerate the further uptake elsewhere. Therefore, a field-tour was organised to visit the reference sites across the country with consortium members. At each site, a workshop was organised with the end users and local stakeholders, such as water authorities, agricultural associations, and SMEs.

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01.11.2016

Close-up: the Freshmaker’s value during the late Summer drought of 2016

It was typical El-Nino summer in The Netherlands, this year: a wet spring and wet start of the summer, but a magnificent late summer with high temperatures and hardly any rainfall. Not a perfect late summer for the Rijk family, however, since their fruit (apples, pears) require the most irrigation water in this period, in order to attain an optimal size for their buyers.

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11.10.2016

Subsol promotional film launched at the IWA      World Water Congress and Exhibition in     Brisbane

The SUBSOL promotional film premiered Monday at the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition in Brisbane, Australia. The film was broadcasted at the launch of the Watershare Community of Practice (CoP) on Subsurface Water Solutions.

 

 

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12.09.2016

Subsol celebrates first anniversary

On September 1st, the Subsol project was officially one year underway. A perfect moment to catch up and evaluate the progress in the various work packages and share information and inspiration. This was done during an internal consortium meeting in Berlin on September 12 and September 13, which was hosted by our partner adelphi.

 

 

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20.09.2016

Close-up: the Noardburgum well field and its “smart extraction well” (Freshkeeper)

Vitens is applying a smart Freshkeeper well at the SUBSOL reference site in Noardburgum, Friesland, Netherlands. The Noardburgum well field was abandoned in 1993 because of salinization and Vitens is evaluating options to reopen the well field to fulfil the water demand in the area.

 

 

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Interview with KWR: Dr. Koen Zuurbier about the key conclusion of his thesis and the current success stories at the reference sites

Koen Zuurbier (KWR) graduates at TU Delft on SWS

On May 10 of 2016, Dr. Koen Zuurbier (KWR) obtained his doctoral degree at the TU Delft on his findings during his research on ‘Increasing Freshwater Recovery upon Aquifer Storage’. This research on dedicated configurations of groundwater wells to improve the recovery of freshwater surpluses stored in a brackish-saline water formed one of the foundations for the Subsol project. In coastal areas, recovery of freshwater upon aquifer storage is often hampered by buoyancy effects: the injected freshwater is simply ‘lighter’ than the surrounding brackish-saline groundwater and is displaced to the top of the targeted aquifer.

 

 

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Based on his large experience throughout the stages of the project and technical knowledge on the application of the SWT, Dr. Zuurbier shared with us his opinion on various questions:  

 

What is the contribution of your dissertation to the development of the SWS?

The dissertation reports an integrated evaluation of the first SWS applications. It explains the current problems of freshwater storage in brackish-saline aquifers and presents innovative concepts to overcome these problems. The experiences at three pilot sites (Nootdorp, Westland, Ovezande) in the first years of operation and the impact the findings are extensively evaluated. This way, the dissertation forms an important starting point for the Subsol project: it contains promising innovations which often do not make it to market replications…

 

What are the most remarkable findings of your research that contribute to the solution of problems like e.g. freshwater provision in coastal areas like the ones found in the deltas?          

The most remarkable finding is that recent hydrological engineering solutions in combination with an improved understanding of subsurface transport processes provides new opportunities for storage of freshwater surpluses in the subsurface. Additionally, it was shown that this already possible on a very small scale, providing a very local dedicated solution with requiring extensive distribution systems.

 

What about the successful outcomes that you (in cooperation with partners) would share with us from the Reference sites?

The most successful outcomes are told by the owners of the SWS systems that were tested at the reference sites. They have experienced the value of SWS during their daily operations, especially during dry spells. We’ve recently visited them with the Subsol consortium and they told inspiring stories on the how positively they experienced the SWS and the water quality and quantity produced by SWS. More than a thick dissertation, perhaps, their stories can inspire others to use SWS.

 

What were the aspects or problems that you consider are the most challenging for the up-scaling and implementation of the SWS in the Coastal areas? How would you recommend addressing them?

One of the biggest challenges is to provide adequate, transparent information on SWS as an interesting, sustainable, and economically viable, yet potentially complex solutions. Technologically, there is quite a toolbox available to sustainably produce freshwater from coastal aquifers, but the essential step towards implementation and up-scaling is to convince end users of the functioning and the benefits. One important way to address this is to provide comprehensive information and documentation from the current reference sites. Building trust together with real end users is essential for further replication. These end users are also the best salesmen, so their stories should be spread, too. Additionally, the most viable ‘future markets’ need to be identified and targeted first.

 

Do you see the Climate Change as a threat (pressure) to the implementation of the SWS or do you rather see it by looking on the bright side, as an opportunity to promote the development and application of the SWS?

We see Climate Change exposed by an increasing weather variability, meaning there are both more and increased dry spells, but also moments with immense rainwater surpluses. Capturing and storing these temporal rainwater and other freshwater surplus will be crucial in dealing with the increasing drought. I think SWS provides the most interesting means for freshwater storage and later recovery in coastal zones. Therefore, climate change will increase the demand for SWS.

 

From your personal experience, how do you see the acceptance that the innovative SWS have from different groups of stakeholders, growers, governmental?

In general, I see that all stakeholders welcome SWS. The basic principles of SWS are solid: use of temporal surpluses, counteracting salinization, water quality conservation/improvement, limited claims on aboveground lands. In the details, however, there are of course also critical questions: will the abstraction / injection strongly influence the groundwater levels in the area? How robust is SWS during extreme dry spells? How do you ensure the water quality during infiltration? What is the risk of failure? Once we can answer those questions, final acceptance will be improved, but our starting point is already perfect.

 

Do you consider that the ASR alone represents a solution for the problem of brackish water that growers face along the coastal areas (other), how do you see the implementation of Reverse Osmosis technologies; is that a feasible solution considering the investment or possible environmental implications?

Crucial aspects when applying reverse osmosis (RO) are the quality of the source (or: ‘feed’) water and the impact of the produced waste stream (membrane concentrate or ‘brine’) on the surroundings. Careless management of both aspects will inevitably lead to salinization or other long-term negative impacts, which will make RO unfavourable. Introduction of SWS to replace or complement the RO technique such that the impact is limited. In the latter case, I see a big future for RO in combination with SWS to make the water supply from SWS even more robust. 

 

Have you experiences from other countries that face the same problematic with their delta areas? How do they tackle the problem?

In coastal areas, many countries are realizing big desalination plants to produce freshwater, while disposing the brine back into sea. A hard technical intervention in a vulnerable marine ecosystem. In Australia and the US, however, there is also a big shift to capture, treat, and store storm water and waste water, which relates to SWS. I have also worked in the United Arab Emirates on a big ASR project near the city of Abu Dhabi. They are willing to store a volume of desalinated seawater, large enough to supply the city during a three months calamity. In the past they were used to solve supply issues with bigger or back-up treatments and aboveground storage in tanks. But, as in our SWS projects, they are storing freshwater in a brackish-saline subsurface. With the current knowledge on SWS, I do think they would reconsider the design of the scheme to increase the freshwater recovery.

 

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Paper: How subsurface water technologies (SWT) can provide robust, effective, and cost-efficient solutions for Freshwater management in Coastal Zones

Freshwater resources in coastal zones are limited while demands are high, resulting in problems like seasonal water shortage, overexploitation of freshwater aquifers, and seawater intrusion. Three subsurface water technologies (SWT) that can provide robust, effective, and cost-efficient solutions to manage freshwater resources in the subsurface are evaluated using groundwater modelling and validation at field-scale: (1) ASR-coastal to store freshwater surpluses in confined brackish-saline aquifers for recovery in times of demand, (2) the Freshkeeper to counteract salinization of well fields by interception and desalination of upconing brackish groundwater, and (3) the Freshmaker to combine ASR and Freshkeeper to enlarge the volume of natural freshwater lenses for later abstraction. Author: Koen G. Zuurbier et al; Date accepted: 15.03.2016; DOI 10.1007/s11269-016-1294-x

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Upcoming Events

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APR

23-28

2017

Vienna: EGU 2017 session - HS5.6/SSS9.33

Catchment Science and Management: Nature-Based Solutions for rural and urban environments.

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MAY

2019

Madrid: IAH-MAR Managed Aquifer Recharge

International Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge (ISMAR 10)

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You will find a list of upcoming events in 2017  [here]

 

For more information or questions about the SubSol project, please contact:

 

SUBSOL has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 642228

Bianca van der Wolf

Project assistant Subsol

Bianca.van.der.Wolf@kwrwater.nl

 

 

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