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Demonstration Sites

Demonstration Sites

This micro hydro power (MHP) plant will be testing how energy recovery through pump as turbine technology can be optimised in existing water networks.  The MHP unit is based in the outflow of waste water from a paper processing plant, harvesting lost energy for reuse and lowering the energy demand of the factory.

Location

Renova SA is an important paper producer which exports globally to more than 170 countries.  The demonstration site is located at Renova's facilities in the centre of Portugal, near the city of Torres Nova.  

This pilot micro hydro power plant uses existing excess pressure existing in an irrigation system to recover energy and transform it into clean electricity to be used by the farm.  Replacing a diesel generator, it will reduce harmful emissions and help the farm improve their environmental sustainability.

Location

The pilot plant is located at the Cortijo Calonge farm, in Palma del Río (Córdoba) near the Guadalquivir river basin in Andalucia, Spain.  Known as the “European California”, the area is noted for its fertile soils and the perfect climate for the production of nuts and pecans.