Issues
Areas
Solutions
TRL Level
SRL Level

3D Printing of coastal protection Reefs

The Albanian coastline has been declining in recent years due to coastal erosion and uncontrolled...

Bufferblock

Due to climate change, more and more heavy rainfalls will occur and many cities are now facing the problems of streets being flooded because of the stormwater. Our innovation gives these cities a cost-effective solution which provides high amount of stormwater storage in little space needed.

Developed by Bufferblock BV
The Bufferblock is a solution for stormwater drainage and buffering in the urban area. The function is similar to that of infiltration crates, but because of the high strength a much thinner top layer is needed. This results in a less deep installation depth, higher buffering capacities and a more cost-effective solution.

TRL7. Integrated pilot system demonstrated
ProSystem prototype demonstration in operational environment. Prototype near or at planned operational system. Represents a major step up from TRL 6 by requiring demonstration of an actual system prototype in an operational environment. A pilot with Bufferblocks is placed at the Green Village in Delft since March 2018, where several exprimental test have been performed on the blocks. After succesful results the Bufferblock has been optimized and made ready for massproduction. In May 2020 the municipality of Capelle aan den IJssel (near Rotterdam) has been the launching customer.of the Bufferblocks. The Bufferblocks have been used here in a residential area to prevent urban flooding and minimize soil settlements. With online sensors the blocks will be monitored to check the water levels inside the blocks and te soil settlements. This data will be shared with other municipalities who want to know more about the effects of the Bufferblocks in preventing urban floodings and minimizing soil settlements.

See more information about this level and the TRL and SRL levels.

The main components of the system have been tested separately, and an initial integration exercise has been conducted.

Credits
Collaborators

How does it work?

The concrete Bufferblocks are designed to be placed underneath a permeable/porous street layer, but it is also possible to use closed pavement stones or asphalt on top when water is directed to the Bufferblocks via a street gully. During heavy rainfall the stormwater will go through the permeable top layer or via the street gullies inside of the Bufferblocks where the stormwater is stored and eventually infiltrates into the ground or is redirected to a sewer system. Because the stormwater is temporary stored inside of the Bufferblocks, the main sewer system will not get overloaded by a peak in water discharge due to the rainfall.

Limitations/conditions under which this innovation does not work or is less effective

Preferably the blocks are placed under roads where there are no cables and pipes directly underneath the surface. Bufferblock also provide solutions where the blocks and a cable compartment can be combined.

Added value
There are many types of stormwater drainage systems. The stormwater system which are mostly used nowadays are plastic infiltration crates and infiltration pipes. Our innovative is a solution which stores high amount of water in low height needed to place underneath the streets. Especially in cities with a high groundwater level like Rotterdam, the Bufferblock will be an effective solution. The Bufferblocks need less height underneath streets, because of the strength of this concrete product. Traffic loads from the street layer on top of the Bufferblocks can almost directly be carried by the Buffeblocks, whereas plastic infiltration crates need a ground coverage of at least half a meter to spread the traffic loads. Computer simulations and prototype testing have proven the required strength of the Bufferblocks to carry heavy traffic loads. Besides from having a functional edge to the competitors the Bufferblocks also have a financial edge. Because of the material used and the simple structure, the Bufferblocks are easy to produce and are cheaper than competing products.

Oh! You need to log in to access this information.
Not a member yet? No worries, you can register here.

Other

innovations

Other Aroen Mughal innovations
Due to climate change, more and more heavy rainfalls will occur and many cities are now facing th...

Want to explore
some more?

Head on over to our ?
page to find other materials organized by different categories.

Welcome back!

Log in to stay connected with your
favorite innovators

Not a member yet?
No worries, you can register here.

Create account

Enter some personal details
and you’re good to go!
Name *
E-mail *
Password *
Confirm Password *
Already a member? login here

Welcome back!

Log in to stay connected with your
favorite innovators

Not a member yet?
No worries, you can register here.

Create account

Enter some personal details
and you’re good to go!

Name *
E-mail *
Password *
Confirm Password *
Already a member? login here

Supported by

flag_eu_gray

By

Share this

Aroen Mughal

innovation

You know what they say, sharing is caring! You can share this innovation with as many people you feel will be interested in it.
Tip: include a message about why it caught your eye.

Responsible: ASOCIACIÓN BRIGAID CONNECT.

Purpose and legitimacy: attention and management of the consultation made by the USER who completes the Personal Data of the Contact Form. If the USER gives his/her consent, the contact data will be used to send him/her commercial information.

Rights: Access, rectification, opposition, deletion, portability, limitation of processing, not to be subject to automated decisions, as indicated in the additional information.

Transfer: If the USER gives express consent, the data may be transferred to entities related to ASOCIACIÓN BRIGAID CONNECT or belonging to the ASOCIACIÓN BRIGAID CONNECT GROUP. It will not be necessary to obtain your consent when the transfer is covered by the legitimate interest of the Responsible for the Web.

Additional information: You can consult additional and detailed information on Data Protection in our Privacy Policy.

Connect with

Aroen Mughal

Did something peak your interest? You can share any questions, praises, comments, or concerns and the company will recieve them directly. No need for middle-men here.

Responsible: ASOCIACIÓN BRIGAID CONNECT.

Purpose and legitimacy: attention and management of the consultation made by the USER who completes the Personal Data of the Contact Form. If the USER gives his/her consent, the contact data will be used to send him/her commercial information.

Rights: Access, rectification, opposition, deletion, portability, limitation of processing, not to be subject to automated decisions, as indicated in the additional information.

Transfer: If the USER gives express consent, the data may be transferred to entities related to ASOCIACIÓN BRIGAID CONNECT or belonging to the ASOCIACIÓN BRIGAID CONNECT GROUP. It will not be necessary to obtain your consent when the transfer is covered by the legitimate interest of the Responsible for the Web.

Additional information: You can consult additional and detailed information on Data Protection in our Privacy Policy.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Filter

Issues
Areas
Solutions
TRL Level
SRL Level