Abstract: This new laboratory will be able to reproduce water infrastructures such as district heating, water distribution and wastewater collection as well as their interconnection with the power grid. This modular laboratory will allow the users to configure different topologies and scenarios. Thus, it will make possible to test control strategies in a realistic environment before the real implementation. Therefore, the laboratory will facilitate the discovery and demonstration of solutions for common problems in the water cycle such as water leakages, transport delays in heat distribution or wastewater overflow.

Network elements like pipes, valves, pumps and tanks are scaled down to emulate the physical effects of any water network topology in a compact space, and the hardware architecture implemented will emulate the real data collection. This design process is validated first in a simulation environment that ensures that the laboratory modules maintain qualitative effects of a real water network. This facility aims to be an open research environment for students and researchers and it will be ready by Q2 – 2019.

Bio: Jorge Val is a PhD fellow at the Department of Electronics Systems, section for Automation & Control , Aalborg University – Denmark. He holds BSc degree (2010) in Industrial Electronics Engineering from University of Zaragoza – Spain and MSc degree (2016) in Control & Automation from Aalborg University. He has 2 years of experience as control engineer at Marel A/S. His research interest is in control systems for water networks.