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Virtual Tours

Irrigation at Cortijo Calonge Farm, Palma del Río (Córdoba), Spain 

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. The 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.

The project consists of the installation of a pump working in reverse as turbine (PAT), which will replace a 6 kVA diesel generator and feeds a filter system and the electric fertiliser within the farm. This site has now completed its first irrigation season, and the first results from this site are now available, including data on energy generation and savings on carbon emissions. More details of all of our pilot sites can be found here.  

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SMPGA's drinking water facility, St Pair sur Mer, France 

The demonstration plant is located at SMPGA's drinking water facility in St Pair sur Mer in Normandy.  The site tests how energy can be recovered using micro hydropower technology in the context of potable water.  The MHP unit is located where raw water enters a 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.

The turbine was installed in December 2019 and is now operational, generating nearly 7 kW/h of hydropower that re-supplies the plant to reduce its energy consumption. In addition to the inverse pump installation, SMPGA also developed a micro-turbine, which generates energy which can be used by local people via two USB connections at a bench nearby. More details of all of our pilot sites can be found here.

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