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.