Monitoring Buoy

Real-time water quality monitoring

LG Sonic Monitoring Buoy is a powerful combination of real-time water quality monitoring and user-friendly cloud software that stores, and analyses received water quality data.

  • Online access to real-time water quality data
  • Operates autonomous with minimal maintenance
  • Easily upgradable to LG Sonic ultrasound algae treatment
Monitoring Buoy

How it works

Monitor

1. Monitor

Monitoring Buoy provides a complete overview of the water quality by collecting the following parameters every 10 minutes: Chlorophyll α (green algae) Phycocyanin (blue-green algae) pH Turbidity Dissolved Oxygen Temperature Additional sensors sets can be implemented.

Predict

2. User friendly software

The collected data is delivered in real-time via 3G/4G to the user friendly web-based software MPC-View. The software allows you to set up specific automatic alarms to inform about changing algae and/or water parameters, or maintenance activities.

Control

3. Predict algal blooms

The algorithm developed in cooperation with research institutes allows you to predict algal blooms 3-10 days in advance.

Features

  • Overview

  • Maintenance

  • Power consumption

Overview

Monitoring solution

The system represents a cost-effective monitoring solution and an early warning system  for algal blooms in lakes and water reservoirs.

  • Drinking water reservoirs
  • Cooling reservoirs
  • Lakes
  • Wastewater lagoons
  • Irrigation reservoirs
Installation
Installation

Maintenance

Installation and maintenance

The system is easily deployable and anchored in the lake or reservoir. It uses solar panels to provide power, all year round in any country.

Our water quality sensors are equipped with a wiper mechanism for automatic cleaning of the sensors after each reading, keeping the maintenance to a minimum and the readings accurate.

Operation
Operation

Power consumption

Low power

LG Sonic Monitoring Buoy makes use of low power (5-20 Watts). The system is self-supporting of power by using solar energy with 3x Rated Power (Pmax): 200Wp solar panels mounted.

Treatment
Treatment

Technical specifications

Dimensions

2188mm (l) x 2540mm (w) 860mm (h)

Top view MPC-Buoy

Weight

200kg (excl. anchor)

Front view
Buoy

Buoy

  • Polyethylene buoy
  • Anodized aluminum
  • Closed-cell polyurethane foam
  • Buoyancy capacity 285 kg
  • PV module: 3x 200Wp solar panels
  • 40Ah battery
Data transmission

Telemetry

  • 3G/4G
  • Iridium Satellite (optional)
  • GPS (optional)
  • 1 x RS485 port
  • 1 SDI-12 input
  • 3X RS232
Water quality sensors

Water quality sensor package

  • Chlorophyll a
  • Phycocyanin
  • Turbidity
  • pH
  • Dissolved Oxygen
  • Temperature
  • It is possible to add additional sensors to the water quality sensor package.

System components

Monitoring Buoy
  • 1

    Smart communication system

    • GSM/GPRS Telemetry Quadband (CDMA, Radio, GPS and Iridium Satellite optional)
    • Real-time water quality data with the MPC-View software
    • Integrated alarm functions
  • 2

    Solar powered

    • 3x 200 Wp high quality solar panels that provide power, all year-round in any country
    • 1x 24 Volt, 40 AMP lithium battery
    • Switches to energy-saving program during periods of low sun irradiation
  • 3

    Complete sensor package

    • In-situ water quality sensors to provide real-time data
    • Monitors DO, turbidity, pH, chlorophyll α, phycocyanin, redox, and temperature
    • Automatic antifouling wiper ensures optimal readings
  • 4

    Anchored floating buoy construction

    • Aluminium powder coated frame
    • UV and corrosion resistant construction
    • Unsinkable floats

MPC-View Water quality monitoring software

Overview

MPC-View is an advanced web-based water quality monitoring software. The software allows to generate a complete overview of the water quality of one or multiple water bodies.

  • Web-based software
  • User friendly

Visual insights

The software provides insights into the water quality, algae trends, and progress of the ultrasonic treatment in the lake or reservoir.

Dashboard

Users can log in to the software, where they can find a personal dashboard with an overview of the water quality and MPC-Buoy system status.

Real-time alarms

The software allows users to set up specific alarms to inform about changing parameters. Users receive an e-mail notification when the alarm goes off.

MPC-View
MPC-View
MPC-View

Case studies

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Dominican Republic case study
CAASD
Improved drinking water quality for 2 million people

The country’s most important water source After dealing with algal blooms for years, The Santo Domingo Water and Sewage Corporation (CAASD) installed multiple MPC-Buoy systems to cover the 7km²/2.7mi² Valdesia reservoir earlier this year. Two months after the start of the project, the results have already exceeded the set targets. In 2019, CAASD installed multiple MPC-Buoy algae management systems to cover the 7km²/2.7mi² Valdesia reservoir. The Valdesia reservoir is the…

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Three Rivers case study
Three Rivers
Lakes remain open during algae season

Control Cyanobacteria concentration Four solar-powered algae control systems were installed in the Aquadrome in Rickmansworth (UK) to control the cyanobacteria concentration in two lakes. Two systems were installed in a lake used for water skiing and fishing, and two additional unites were installed in June 2017 in a lake used for sailing. To ensure that the concentration of cyanobacteria remained at an acceptable level at a popular public open space…

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New Zealand case
Auckland utility
Reduced blue-green algae counts in New Zealand

Reducing blue-green algae counts Five solar-powered algae control systems where installed in the Lower Nihotupu Dam in Auckland, New Zealand to reduce the levels of blue-green algae. The project started in December 2016, the project appeared to be of great success with the blue-green algae count over summer significantly  less than the previous year. The main objective for this project was to reduce the blue-green algae counts in the dam…

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