An Italian SME, founded in 2013 as a spin-off of a big institute of technology, has developed an innovative microturbine suited for continuous monitoring and remote regulation of pressure in gas and water distribution networks, taking advantage of the gas/water energy available in the pipeline to generate the required power for the delocalised monitoring and control units and associated sensors.
The microturbine can be mounted alongside the pipeline, in parallel to the pressure reducing valve producing the pressure drop. A small amount of the gas or water flow is bled off at high pressure, bypassed through the microturbine and returned to the pipeline at the lower valve downstream pressure. The size of this diverted flow is small compared to the main flow of the pipeline, so it does not affect the operation of the pipeline.
The company is interested in activating technical cooperation agreements in order to develop joint technical projects in applications of mutual interest but also customize the product accordingly to the partners' needs, mainly in the field of self-powered IoT applications, smart gas and water grids.