RINA Consulting

NEWS - 12/06/2017

Samuele Ambrosetti wins second place in EFCA Young Professionals competition

RINA Consulting’s Samuele Ambrosetti has won second place in the European Federation of Engineering Consultancy Associations (EFCA) Young Professionals competition. The jury lauded Ambrosetti for his involvement in the design, development, production and testing of a new kind of water bag and the setup of the first commercial service of water transfer using this system.

The water bag, a flexible container to transport drinking water by sea, has been developed within the European projects REFRESH and XXL-REFRESH and is made of a highly resistant and watertight textile material with modules joined together by a very strong and waterproof zipper.

The development of the water bag started in 2012 with a small scale model and culminated in the first large scale sea voyage in 2015. In November 2016 the first oceanic voyage of the water bag was completed, transporting a payload of 2500 t of freshwater from Suriname to Barbados in the Caribbean.

The jury appreciated how the inventive engineering solution devised within the research project has been turned into a commercially viable product with positive environmental and social impact, bringing freshwater to regions that are otherwise difficult to reach.