The MOSE flood barrier system is a complex coastal protection infrastructure designed to block the high tides that regularly hit the Venetian lagoon, causing destruction to the city reliant on income from tourism to the World Heritage site. ABB has delivered an advanced automation system that coordinates the entire flood protection system, consisting of four flood barriers, multiple gates, navigation locks, and breakwaters to shield the lagoon from rising sea levels, winter storms and spring tides. It, in tandem with ABB’s 2600T series pressure, manages and monitors the raising and lowering of the MOSE flood barriers according to pre-set parameters, positioning the barriers at more appropriate angles to counteract the flow of the incoming water. In 2020 it was put into operation for the first time during stormy weather conditions, with water levels reaching over 4 feet peaks. In the past these levels would leave around 30 per cent of the Venice submerged under water, however the barriers worked efficiently, and the city remained dry.
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