Details and Speaker Profiles: MHP in water networks

Details and Speaker Profiles: MHP in water networks

Join us for a lively discussion in the second of two free webinars exploring the potential for energy recovery in water networks. 

Our second event will use existing case studies and demonstration plants to review the potential benefits of recovering energy in water networks and the social, institutional, and political challenges to implementing this in the EU.

The session will be led by Dr Aonghus McNabola (Trinity College Dublin) 


  • Energy recovery in drinking water networks – learnings from our French demonstration site (Yves Cabaret, SMPGA)
  • Case studies – barriers and opportunities in the institutional, policy, and social context in the EU (Dawn Murphy, Action Renewables)

This event will be hosted by Zoom - no download required.  After you have registered you will be sent a link to join the event.

Live translation will be available for our international audience: Languages include English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

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Energy recovery in drinking water networks – learnings from our French demonstration site


Our French demonstration site tests how energy can be recovered using micro hydropower (MHP) technology in the context of potable water.  The MHP unit is located at SMPGA's drinking water production plant in St Pair sur Mer in Normandy, harvesting energy in the existing network and redistributing it for use in the plant and the local area.

During the webinar we will present two key installations at the site, which are now operational and generating clean energy which would otherwise have been lost in the network.  We will outline the context and challenges of the installation of these two experimental units, and explore what our results mean for our understanding of wider barriers to the implementation of MHP technology in France, along with the opportunities and benefits which this technology may bring.


Case studies – barriers and opportunities in the institutional, policy, and social context in the EU.


The emphasis placed on energy in the management of organisations in the water and process industries is an important institutional factor for the uptake of micro hydropower (MHP) energy recovery.  Various options exist to achieve savings for example different organisational structures; external incentives and penalties.
In Work Package 8 we have benchmarked structures and practices across the industries in order to identify best practice and achieve more rapid uptake of MHP.  Using a series of MHP case studies in water distribution and irrigation networks, sourced from across the AA region, the differences and similarities were explored through a cross-case comparison.  During the webinar we will present findings from the case comparison and summarise the key insights learned focussing on: the background and drivers of the projects, the economic feasibility, monetary and non-monetary benefits, the organisational process and the barriers that were encountered.   Recommendations for improvements in e.g., organisational structure, processes and leadership will be presented in addition to improvements of the wider policy and administrative regime of each region.

⦁    Introduction to the benchmarking of institutional structures research, interviews and surveys
⦁    Summary of the key insights emerging from each region
⦁    Examples of lessons learned from each case study
⦁    Examples of recommendations for e.g. organisational structure, process and leadership 
⦁    Recommendations for improvements in the wider policy and administrative regime of each region.

There will be a live Q&A after the presentations with the speakers.

Speaker profiles

Professor Aonghus McNabola, Trinity College Dublin
Prof. McNabola is a Professor in Energy and the Environment at the Dept of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, TCD. His research interests lie in the field of Environmental Fluid Dynamics where he has applied this expertise in air pollution, energy efficiency and water services sectors. Prof. McNabola teaches at postgraduate and undergraduate levels in the subject areas of hydraulics, air pollution and renewable energy. He holds a qualification in teaching and learning at third level and has been involved in teaching activities in Italy and India. Prof. McNabola is a Visiting Reader at the Global Centre for Air Research(GCARE), at the Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the University of Surrey, UK. He is also a Colaborador Honorario (Adjunct Professor) at the Hydraulic division of the Agronomy Department at University of Córdoba, Spain. Prof. McNabola is an Associate Editor for the international journal, Transport Research Part D: Transport and the Environment. He is also a regular reviewer for journals such as Renewable Energy, Atmospheric Environment, Water Resources Management, etc. Prof. McNabola currently leads a group of 8 PhD students and 3 postdoctoral researchers and is involved, primarily as the lead partner and principal investigator, in a number of national and international collaborative projects, funded by Horizon 2020, INTERREG ERDF,SEAI and the EPA. Prof. McNabola has a h-index of 26 and an i-10 index of 50. He has generated funding of over €5.25 Million from national and primarily EU sources in over 20 funded research projects since 2008.

Dawn Murphy, Action Renewables
Dawn Murphy is a Senior Project Manager with Action Renewables in Northern Ireland.  She has 20 years’ experience working in the environmental sector in Northern Ireland and is a registered Environmental Practitioner with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.  Dawn has worked on various programmes such as supporting community organisations in the development of renewable energy projects and managing a Microgeneration Certification Service for 6 years, providing domestic installers with quality assurance verification. She has led a number of renewable energy feasibility studies and energy efficiency audits and has worked with several community groups in producing sustainable energy plans.  Dawn currently leads Work Package 8 of the REDAWN project “Policy and Institutional Supports”

Yves Cabaret, SMPGA

Yves CABARET is Director for SMPGA in France.  An engineer specialising in water technology since 2012 with a focus on Chemistry, he confirmed his expertise as manager of the patrimonial renewal on the east side of the SEDIF Water-Network, a large public structure organizing drinking water system around Paris.  In 2015 he moved to Normandy and SMPGA to manage a new 32 million Euro public infrastructure project to secure the water distribution system with the building of two new interconnected water treatment plants. Due to the politics evolutions in France about the drinking water management, he contributed to the development of the public structure which became larger in territory and abilities.  In 2017 he joined the REDAWN project to contribute as a French partner in the Atlantic Area and to propose SMPGA's network for experiments on energy production.  He took on direction of the SMPGA structure in May 2020.

Our first webinar:

REDAWN webinar 1: Saving energy in water networks
Wednesday 22 July | 13:00 – 14:00hrs CET| Register now