Karl Sewalt MSc
- product innovation
- product development
- industrial design engineering
Water storage in heavily built-up areas is and remains a challenge, especially in the face of climate change, as rainfall is becoming more intense and less predictable. Royal Haskoning DHV, Demokwekerij Westland and TNO have developed an innovative weir bulkhead to store rainwater on greenhouse roofs. The project partners are developing and testing the concept with, for, and at companies active in the sector.
As a result of climate change, rainfall is becoming more intense, less predictable, and interspersed with periods of drought. This has consequences for the approach to water storage in heavily built-up areas. The Westland greenhouse region in the Netherlands is just such an area.
In this project, Royal Haskoning DHV, Demokwekerij Westland and TNO developed an innovative weir bulkhead that can temporarily store rainwater on a greenhouse roof. That bulkhead must not interfere with the normal use of the greenhouse. After development of the bulkhead, field testing will be performed at Demokwekerij Westland. In cooperation with HHS Delfland, an implementation plan for the real-world situation will be devised. The concept must be space saving as well as sustainable, effective, affordable and innovative.
Some important advantages of this concept for a grower (and other stakeholders in the region) are:
The following plan has been established for carrying out this project: