Hydro-Break Point Tank
Date du début: 30 avr. 2011,
Date de fin: 29 avr. 2014
Assessment of the technical and economic feasibility of applying hydropower to BPTs: using numerical and experimental models the energy recoverable from BPTs will be assessed. This section of the project will enable the development of design guidelines for implementation. Using the design guidelines developed a lab scale pilot plant will also be constructed to demonstrate the practical implementation of this technology to industry.Assessment of the Environmental Impact of applying hydropower technology to BPTs: the environmental impact of this technology will be assessed in terms of the potential CO2 emissions saving, assessment of negative impacts, impacts on affordability of water supply in Ireland-Wales; Carbon foot-printing; and Life Cycle assessment. An EIA of the water supply process as a whole will be carried out at the outset which will then be compared with the impact of implementing this technology on the water supply networks – demonstrating the environmental impacts in full perspective of the overall process.A feasibility study for the application of hydropower in existing Irish and Welsh BPTs: information on the existing Irish and Welsh BPTs will be gathered from local authorities and other relevant sources in a geographic information system (GIS) database. This database will enable us to assess the feasibility of BPTs around the Ireland-Wales region for energy recovery purposes e.g. location, layout, water flow/pressure, diurnal variations, national grid connectivity, energy potential. The results of the GIS study will be used to demonstrate the untapped energy potential in existing water supply networks in Ireland-Wales. This element of the project will also use the GIS database to determine the capital costs, operating costs & ROI for the development of the potential sites identified.An exploration of the forms of collaboration among the key stakeholders: Local authorities, hydropower specialists and engineering researchers, as a group need to transition from a strategic network to a learning and transformational network of collaborators to implement this new technology in practice. This section of the project addresses the business/organisational aspect of developing Hydro-BPTs and will develop a mode of collaboration with the active involvement of key stakeholders, reflect on its effectiveness in practice and develop guidelines for implementation by SMEs, Water Companies/Authorities for the widespread roll-out of this concept. Achievements: There is a concealed cost to the water flowing from our taps water, and that is the energy needed to treat and pump our water from the source reservoir directly to our taps. As the price of electricity increases, consumer prices are also on the rise. The Hydro-BPT project aimed to look at the efficiency of water supply and the potential for micro-hydropower (MHP) installations by the water industry.Since 2011, the Hydro-BPT project has focused on identifying and overcoming the challenges, whether technical, economic, environmental or organisational, to implementing MHP in water and wastewater infrastructure. Simply put, we aimed to identify the best technology, how much its costs, the environmental impacts and who must work together to make MHP a success.The support or the water industry, as they try to control the price of water and reduce their carbon emissions, was evident in their involvement and in the production of their future development programmes. Therefore, the work by the Hydro-BPT team has fed into, and provided evidence, for the inclusion of MHP in strategic plans for the future of the water industry.The project has drawn considerable interest from across the world, and with that demonstrates its potential for replication on a global scale. Future development projects are being planned both at a regional level in Ireland and Wales, but also on a European scale. The water industry is demonstrating an awareness of energy efficiency, and the work of the Hydro-BPT team can help them achieve a more sustainable future. For more information visit www.hydro-bpt.eu.
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