The RRZ fire-fighting nozzle awarded with the Seal of Excellence from the European Commission

PNR Italia participates in the European Horizon 2020 program

The RRZ fire-fighting nozzle awarded with the Seal of Excellence from the European Commission

PNR Italia participates in the European Horizon 2020 program

The European Commission awarded PNR Italy with the “Seal of Excellence” within the Horizon 2020 project for the RRZ nozzle used in motorway tunnels as an active fire extinguishing system. This is an excellent recognition for PNR Italia, which sees its efforts to introduce new and innovative technological solutions to the market thanks to continuous business development and our over fifty-year history.

What is the European Horizon 2020 project?

Horizon Europe is the EU’s funding program for research and innovation from 2014-to 2020. The program facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting, and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges.

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The new fire turbine for road tunnels

According to the European Commission, 70,000 people are hospitalized due to severe injuries caused by fire with an estimated damage of €126.3 billion every year. Highway tunnels are currently protected by passive fire systems such as fire-resistant construction materials that slow down the spread of a fire. However, this can be insufficient during major fires hence need for active fire protection systems.

The new RRZ firefighting nozzle generates an atomized water cone with a large coverage. The high rotation makes simple dart throws recreate a discreetly atomized water cloud, uniformly distributed over a perfect circumference. The simple construction architecture makes it an easy and fast product in all installation and maintenance operations.

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What are the advantages of the RRZ nozzle?

The RRZ nozzle can produce a high capacity jet at 130 liters per minute (lpm) with a 6 meters spray coverage operating at the average installation level. The RRZ nozzle will reduce energy consumption in fire fighting in tunnels by ≈1620%, from 1755MJ to 102MJ; reduce operating pressure by ≈3100%, from current 60 -160bars to 2-5 bars; improve water economy and fire delay due to wide drop size range of 50 – 500microns and more extensive spray area coverage.

Seal of excellence for the RRZ nozzle

The institution that manages Horizon 2020, the European Union framework program for research and innovation 2014-2020, has issued the “Seal of Excellence” to PNR Italia for the project “Optimization, testing in the operational environment and approval for the use of the RRZ nozzle in motorway tunnels as an active fire extinguishing system. ”

The seal of excellence is a quality mark awarded by the Commission to proposals that have been positively assessed and deemed compliant with the quality requirements of this Union instrument but could not be financed due to budgetary constraints. These projects are believed to deserve funding and could receive support from other Union or national funding sources.

The Seal of Excellence certificate recognizes the proposal’s value and helps other funding agencies to benefit from the high-quality commission evaluation process.

The RRZ project published on CORDIS – European Commission Community Research and Development Information Service

June 2022

The Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS) is the European Commission’s main source of the results of projects funded by the EU framework programs for research and innovation.

There is a page entirely dedicated to the RRZ nozzle project on the CORDIS website as a participant in the Horizon 2020 project.

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