CENTAUR, which ran from September 2015 for 3 years, was funded as a European Union Horizon 2020 (H2020) Innovation Action.

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CENTAUR is an acronym of the full project title: Cost-Effective Neural Technique to Alleviate Urban flood Risk.

The project provided an innovative and cost-effective local autonomous sewer flow control system to reduce urban flood risk. This saw it fit within the requirements of the priority thematic area of flood management identified by the EIP on Water.

CENTAUR was developed and tested using computer models and a laboratory test facility at the University of Sheffield. In 2017 a pilot system was installed and successfully tested in Coimbra, Portugal, and a further demonstration site in Toulouse, France was installed and tested in 2018.

The project team included two SMEs, three universities or research institutes and two water utilities - see the Project Partners page for more information.

As an 'Innovation Action', CENTAUR developed existing technologies into a marketable system. The three-year funded period was successfully completed, and the SME partners, EMS and Steinhardt are now actively marketing CENTAUR.  Both companies have produced a brochure: the EMS brochure in English, and Steinhardt in German - for further information please visit the EMS company website or the Steinhardt company website.


Publications, deliverables and downloads related to the CENTAUR project can be found here.

This project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 641931. For further information on CENTAUR funding, see Cordis.

If you have any enquiries about CENTAUR, please contact Dr Will Shepherd (Department of Civil and Structural Engineering)

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