The Hydro-BPT project examined the potential of novel micro-hydropower (MHP) turbines to recover energy from water and wastewater infrastructure. The work considered the technical, economic and environmental challenges faced in the development and implementation of MHP technology in water networks and presented solutions to water suppliers to improve the effiiciency of their infrastructure through energy recovery solutions.
The project found that significant opportunities for energy recovery through hydropower in the Ireland Wales region.
An economic and environmental assessment quantified the potential for this region as 20 GWh of electricity could be recovered at different locations throughout water and wastewater infrastructure. This translated as providing enough electricity for 4,700 homes or at a saving of 2.5million Euro per annum.
From an environmental standpoint, this would offset over 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.