Case Study

Environmental monitoring with ocean data using buoys in NEOM

Tridel Technologies

Need

NEOM is Saudi Arabia’s main business and tourism development zone on the Red Sea coast. It is a central project of Vision 2030 outlining the kingdom’s plans to diversify the economy. The $500 billion development (NEOM) will include smart cities, ports and enterprise zones, research centres, sports and leisure facilities and tourist resorts. The development will be spread across 26,500 sq km and will include several zones, including industrial and logistics areas.

As part of NEOM’s commitment to biodiversity conservation and environmental protection, it has promoted many initiatives and Tridel Technologies has had the opportunity to be part of its project “Marine monitoring equipment with operational data installation and management“.

In this “Marine Monitoring Programme” framework, autonomous sustained observatories are being implemented at 10 locations in the project area. The marine monitoring stations are moored buoys that house diverse sensors for measuring meteorological, air quality, oceanographic and water quality parameters. These buoy-based observatories have been deployed approximately within 50 m within the NEOM project area. With sustainable environmental measures in mind, each buoy component has been designed to minimise its impact on the natural environment.

Tridel Technologies, a professional environmental solutions organisation with integrated competencies in environmental science, engineering and technology, has been commissioned to provide end-to-end solutions for environmental studies with integrated monitoring systems (Kunak AIR Pro), modelling and environmental topography.

The deployed sensor network provides them with accurate and reliable information on multiple pollutants and spatial coverage of the entire area of influence of the "Marine Monitoring Programme" promoted by NEOM.
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Solution

According to NEOM requirements, environmental parameters are being monitored by a network of Kunak AIR Pro stations that determine the level in the coverage area. These include ultrafine particles (PM1), suspended particles (PM2.5 and PM10), nitric oxide (NO), carbon dioxide (CO2), sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and ozone (O3).

These stations are powered by solar panels mounted on the buoys, which supply energy to all the integrated sensors.

The deployed sensor network provides accurate and reliable information on multiple pollutants throughout the project area. Due to the harsh conditions offshore, Kunak’s sensors had to be pre-tested to ensure their capability and robustness in such harsh environments.

It is important to highlight the need for the sensors to offer a continuous GPS location, as the buoys needed to be always geolocated. Also, the storage of the data collected by the Kunak AIR stations ensures that no data is lost in situations where there is no wireless communications coverage, allowing access to the data once communications are re-established.

Results

  • Management and visualisation of the collected data by the sensor network through the Tridel – TEMS environmental monitoring system.
  • Real-time monitoring of multiple pollutants and offshore environmental parameters.
  • Deployment of an autonomous sensor network powered by the buoys’ solar panels and robust enough to operate 24/7 in such harsh environments.
  • Spatial coverage of the “Marine Monitoring Programme” to safeguard biodiversity and protect the environment.
  • Measurement control over the entire life cycle of each sensor thanks to the patented smart cartridge system.

Project details

Customer: Tridel Technologies

User: NEOM

Location: NEOM, Saudi Arabia

Sectors: ,

Year: 2023

Parameters:

  • Particulate matter (PM1, PM2.5 and PM10)
  • Nitric oxide (NO)
  • Nitrogen dioxide (NO2)
  • Carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • Sulphur dioxide (SO2)
  • Ozone (O3)

Solutions

  • AIR ProProfessional air quality monitoring station
    Air quality monitor

    AIR Pro

    The most accurate air quality monitoring station

    SENSOR-BASED | BEST AVAILABLE ACCURACY

    Benefits

    • Multi-pollutant
    • Smart cartridge system
    • Fully autonomous
    • Real-time data
    • Proven accuracy
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  • AIR CloudAir quality software
    Air quality software - Kunak AIR Cloud

    AIR Cloud

    Multipurpose air quality software for professionals

    REAL-TIME DATA | ALWAYS UPDATED

    Benefits

    • Secure and condifential
    • Air quality reporting
    • Advanced data analysis and visualisation
    • Reliable data guaranteed
    • Data sharing and integration
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  • Carbon dioxideReliable real-time data on CO2
    Carbon_dioxide_cartucho

    Carbon dioxide

    Reliable information about carbon dioxide

    GASPLUG TECHNOLOGY | PATENTED DESIGN

    Specs

    • NDIR
    • Typical accuracy (MAE): ±30 ppm
    • Range: 0-5,000 ppm
    • Resolution: 1 ppm
    • > 7 years of operating life
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  • Nitric oxideReliable real-time data on NO
    Nitric_oxide_cartucho

    Nitric oxide

    Reliable information about nitric oxide

    GASPLUG TECHNOLOGY | PATENTED DESIGN

    Specs

    • Electrochemical
    • R2 >0.9
    • Range: 0-5,000 ppb
    • Resolution: 1 ppb
    • 24 months of operating life
    See more
  • Nitrogen dioxideReliable real-time data on NO2
    Nitreogen_dioxide

    Nitrogen dioxide

    Reliable information about nitrogen dioxide

    GASPLUG TECHNOLOGY | PATENTED DESIGN

    Specs

    • Electrochemical
    • R2 >0.85
    • Range: 0-12,000 ppb (Type A) | 0-500 ppm (Type B)
    • Resolution: 1 ppb (Type A) | 0.01 ppm (Type B)
    • 24 months of operating life
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  • OzoneReliable real-time data on O3
    Ozone

    Ozone

    Reliable information about ozone

    GASPLUG TECHNOLOGY | PATENTED DESIGN

    Specs

    • Electrochemical
    • R2 >0.9
    • Range: 0-2,000 ppb
    • Resolution: 1 ppb
    • 24 months of operating life
    See more
  • Sulphur dioxideReliable real-time data on SO2
    Sulphur_dioxide

    Sulphur dioxide

    Reliable information about sulphur dioxide

    GASPLUG TECHNOLOGY | PATENTED DESIGN

    Specs

    • Electrochemical
    • R2 >0.7
    • Range: 0-10,000 ppb
    • Resolution: 1 ppb
    • 24 months of operating life
    See more
  • Particulate MatterReliable real-time data on suspended particles

    Particulate Matter

    Reliable information about particulate matter

    GASPLUG TECHNOLOGY | PATENTED DESIGN

    Specs

    • Optical particle counter
    • Up to R2 >0.9
    • Range: 0-1,000 | 0-2,000 | 0-10,000 ppb
    • Resolution: 1 μg/m3
    • 24 months of operating life
    See more
Air quality monitor

AIR Pro

The most accurate air quality monitoring station

SENSOR-BASED | BEST AVAILABLE ACCURACY

Benefits

  • Multi-pollutant
  • Smart cartridge system
  • Fully autonomous
  • Real-time data
  • Proven accuracy
See more
Air quality software - Kunak AIR Cloud

AIR Cloud

Multipurpose air quality software for professionals

REAL-TIME DATA | ALWAYS UPDATED

Benefits

  • Secure and condifential
  • Air quality reporting
  • Advanced data analysis and visualisation
  • Reliable data guaranteed
  • Data sharing and integration
See more
Carbon_dioxide_cartucho

Carbon dioxide

Reliable information about carbon dioxide

GASPLUG TECHNOLOGY | PATENTED DESIGN

Specs

  • NDIR
  • Typical accuracy (MAE): ±30 ppm
  • Range: 0-5,000 ppm
  • Resolution: 1 ppm
  • > 7 years of operating life
See more
Nitric_oxide_cartucho

Nitric oxide

Reliable information about nitric oxide

GASPLUG TECHNOLOGY | PATENTED DESIGN

Specs

  • Electrochemical
  • R2 >0.9
  • Range: 0-5,000 ppb
  • Resolution: 1 ppb
  • 24 months of operating life
See more
Nitreogen_dioxide

Nitrogen dioxide

Reliable information about nitrogen dioxide

GASPLUG TECHNOLOGY | PATENTED DESIGN

Specs

  • Electrochemical
  • R2 >0.85
  • Range: 0-12,000 ppb (Type A) | 0-500 ppm (Type B)
  • Resolution: 1 ppb (Type A) | 0.01 ppm (Type B)
  • 24 months of operating life
See more
Ozone

Ozone

Reliable information about ozone

GASPLUG TECHNOLOGY | PATENTED DESIGN

Specs

  • Electrochemical
  • R2 >0.9
  • Range: 0-2,000 ppb
  • Resolution: 1 ppb
  • 24 months of operating life
See more
Sulphur_dioxide

Sulphur dioxide

Reliable information about sulphur dioxide

GASPLUG TECHNOLOGY | PATENTED DESIGN

Specs

  • Electrochemical
  • R2 >0.7
  • Range: 0-10,000 ppb
  • Resolution: 1 ppb
  • 24 months of operating life
See more

Particulate Matter

Reliable information about particulate matter

GASPLUG TECHNOLOGY | PATENTED DESIGN

Specs

  • Optical particle counter
  • Up to R2 >0.9
  • Range: 0-1,000 | 0-2,000 | 0-10,000 ppb
  • Resolution: 1 μg/m3
  • 24 months of operating life
See more