Breakout sessions

Breakout sessions

 Interactive breakout sessions 1 - Click on the individual session titles to watch the recordings

  1. Energy Recovery Resource Assessment - Aonghus McNabola, Aida Merida Garcia, Trinity College Dublin (TCD).

As part of the REDAWN project, Work Package 4 (WP4) focussed on the assessment of the resource potential for micro-hydropower (MHP) energy recovery in water networks in the Atlantic Area (AA) of Europe. This assessment examined the potential energy available in water networks used for public drinking water, irrigation, wastewater collection, and process industry operations. The assessment aimed to quantify the theoretical energy available in these four types of network across the AA, in the form of excess pressure or head, otherwise wasted, which could be converted to electrical power using hydropower turbines, without interfering in the normal operation of the network.  

During the first part of the breakout session, attendendees were able to discover the methodology that had been applied to estimate the potential of MHP technology at country level. In the second part, they discovered the results of this study through some interactive activities and finally, the audience was able to participate in a question-and-answer session with the experts.


  1. Economic and Policy Impact - Dawn Murphy, Action Renewables, Indalecio González Fernández, Fundación Asturiana de la Energía and Paul Coughlan, Trinity College Dublin.

Work Package 8 (WP8) focussed on policy, institutional and social impacts, together with technical outputs from the project.  REDAWN proposed a governance framework to improve the design of related policies and produced best practice organisation models for the four main water network sectors.  It has explored social factors including quantifying the social return on investment. These outputs compliment the best practice economic policy framework which address energy cost, carbon cost, taxation, and economic incentives. 

During the interactive session which utalised interactive white board activities and lively discussions, this breakout session summarised the main findings from the work package and explored the economic impacts, social drivers, policy issues associated with MHP.


  1. Design Guidance and Support Tools - Armando Carravetta and Oreste Fecarotta, University of Naples, Federico II.

During Work Package 6 (WP6) - Design Guidance and Support Tools REDAWN developed design guidelines for the installation of pump-as-turbines in water networks. It has proposed tools to support the design and optimization of energy recovery using micro hydropower in water networks. These outputs are particularly beneficial for water companies, consultants, and hydropower practitioners. 

The session showcased the tools developed and discussed their applications.


 Interactive breakout sessions 2: MHP labs, Demonstration sites, (virtual tours)

  1. Spanish demonstration plant - Indalecio González/Maria Jesús Rodriguez, FAEN.  Jorge García/Juan Antonio Rodríguez. University of Cordoba. Francisco Carrasco/Pedro Parias. Feragua. Borja Murube. Almaco del Guadalquivir. Cortijo Calonge.

  2. France demonstration plant - Yves Cabaret/Astrid Gesnouin, SMPGA, France.

  3. Portuguese demonstration plant - Helena Ramos, Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Univ of Lisbon, Portugal. Drone footage of Pico turbine using a Tungsten mine reservoir in Hídrica do Seixoso.