Work Packages

Work Packages

Work Package 1: Project Coordination
Work Package 2: Communication
Work Package 3: Capitalization
Work package 4: Energy Recovery Resource Assessment
Work package 5: Economic/ Environmental Impact
Work Package 6: Design guidance and support tools
Work package 7: Pilot Demonstrations
Work Package 8: Policy and Social Impact


Work Package 1: Project Coordination

Lead: Action Renewables

Action Renewables is the Lead Partner, and the project management and coordination will not be externalised. AR will ensure sound financial management and official representation to the management structure of the Programme. AR will ensure, through regular 3 monthly partner meetings, and fortnightly conference calls, that all partners will deliver periodical activity reports, statements of expenditure, verification and control procedures, financial statements, implementation reports and requests for payment and the respective submission to the Managing Authority. AR will create a Steering Group on which all partners will be represented, and will meet every three months in person. All partners will have a role to play in management and coordination.


Work Package 2: Communication

Lead: Watef Network

The objectives of WP2 are to:

  • Utilise the project website and social media to disseminate knowledge and gather feedback during and beyond implementation
  • Directly engage with stakeholders to widely disseminate outputs across the AA
  • Increase awareness, promote the adoption of the REDAWN innovation across the AA water industry supply chain.

WP2 starts with a stakeholder review across the AA to establish an interest group (target 500+ members) of policy makers, lead-users and end-users, identify further channels to reach SMEs, and attract potential licensees. It will also provide opportunities e.g. site visits, workshops and webinars, for stakeholders to actively engage and directly benefit from the project. And that the value and supply chain of MHP energy recovery in water networks are kept up-to-date on project developments and outputs. Multimedia e.g. short films of case studies and demonstrators, print and electronic materials will be used to promote research activities, outputs, standards and accreditation routes. 

Strategies will include: Project inception, implementation-phase and concluding events, to coincide with project meetings where possible, in each partner country; quarterly e-newsletters, webinars and workshops including packaged events delivered during SME week 2018/9; short films and print publications of demonstration sites, case studies and research outputs widely circulated via the website, mailing lists and social media; peer-reviewed academic papers; annual project reports. 

WP2 will be led by the WATEF network to ensure maximum impact across the AA. All partners will play an active role in dissemination at a local, national and AA level.


Work Package 3: Capitalization

Lead: Hidropower

WP3 will capitalize on the estimated €260 million market for MHP energy recovery in water supply networks and the unknown market size in the other 3 sectors. A target exploitation of 1% of the market share will be achieved by organisations engaged with REDAWN 2 years post-project.

To ensure this WP3 will highlight the commercial and policy benefits of becoming involved in the REDAWN innovation among technology end-users, designers, producers and integrators, and among policy makers for CO2 emissions, water pricing, and energy efficiency. Central to this is the development of business models/case appropriate to successful exploitation across all elements of the supply chain, including water companies, process industry, engineering consultants (feasibility & design), and technology providers. In this WP, REDAWN will gather the required evidence to formulate these business models/cases and communicate these to relevant stakeholders in WP2 and through the aforementioned business development e-portal.

Business cases will be developed to help MHP providers and designers reach potential exploitation entities in the value chain of MHP energy recovery. The project strategy is to engage with 100 active value chain entities during the project. These business cases will be developed by the partnership to show the benefits to potential customers of the technology, in terms of ROI, energy saving, CO2 reduction, etc.


Work package 4:  Energy Recovery Resource Assessment

Lead: Trinity College Dublin

WP 4 will comprise the compilation of an energy recovery resource assessment for water networks in the AA. Given that water networks contain excess pressure at various points across the territory, this WP will produce an assessment which quantifies the energy available for MHP technology to exploit. This will be completed as a GIS database of energy resources for public water supply networks, waste/storm networks, irrigation networks, and private water-intensive industry.

The procedure will be conducted by gathering available data on the existing water infrastructure. MHP energy recovery can be conducted at pressure reducing valves (PRV), storage reservoirs, break pressure tanks, treatment works, control valves etc. Therefore the location of these components of the water network in the AA will be determined together with information on flow and excess pressure at each location to enable assessment of the energy resources. By way of example of the extent of available infrastructure, the Welsh area of the AA contains over 3000 PRVs, illustrating the very large potential for this technology.

WP4 will be led by Trinity, overseeing the overall assessment. Partners in each of the regions will contribute to the data collection. The partnership will obtain data covering the entirety of the AA from in-house resources, associate partners and informal contact. Data from France will be obtained through contacts in French water companies. 


Work package 5:  Economic/ Environmental Impact

Lead: FAEN

WP5 will comprise quantification of the potential economic and environmental impact of the exploitation of the resources identified in WP4. This work will be led by FAEN with the assistance of TCD and Hidro.

The work will include the impact of MHP energy recovery on the operating cost of water supply, waste water treatment, crop irrigation, and process industry. The work will also include the economic feasibility assessment of converting the available resources to power outputs in terms of return on investment and annual income. The impact of the energy production on local energy demands will also be included from an economic impact perspective

Work will also include an assessment of the potential reduction in CO2 emissions from the exploitation of the WP4 resources. This offset CO2 will be placed in the context of water industry targets and EU level climate change commitments.


Work Package 6: Design guidance and support tools

Lead: University of Napoli

WP6 will comprise the development of design guidelines for the installation of pump-as-turbines in water networks as well as development of design supporting tools to optimize energy recovery.

This work will be led by the foremost experts in the field of low-cost MHP energy recovery in water networks at the University of Napoli. Prof. Armando Carravetta has pioneered this work in developing a turbine which is specifically designed for water networks. It is low-cost to enable maximum exploitation in this setting. This expertise from outside the AA will be brought into the REDAWN project to enable this concept to be promoted and exploited here. Traditional turbines are too large, too costly or unsuited to water networks and thus this expertise on PATs is essential.

Under the guidance of Napoli the characteristics of this new turbine design will be applied to the 4 REDAWN sectors to develop design guidance for water companies, consultants and hydropower practitioners. Guidance for drinking water, waste/storm, irrigation and process industry networks will be developed by Napoli, IST and TCD respectively.

Supporting tools will be developed in the form of software to enable the incorporation of MHP into the design of complex water networks in a fashion that maximizes the  recoverable energy potential. This work will be split according to the 4 sectors as above and completed by the same partners.


Work package 7: Pilot Demonstrations

Lead: IST- Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa

The objective of WP7 is to validate the capability of MHP systems to consistently recover renewable energy from a broad cross-section of WDNs, with particular focus on the sectors targeted in the REDAWN project. Specific objectives include: i) construction of scale demonstration MHP pilot representative of 3 water industry sites selected from across the AA; ii) monitoring performance and viability of each site; iii) feedback of on-going results to the design guidance team in WP5; iv) optimisation of the performance and output from each site; and v) analysis of the specific non-technical challenges pertaining at each site, including social, environmental, economic, policy and governance issues. Each site will also be the basis of a case study for which data, media and other information will be gathered for input to WP2: Communication.

The 3 scaled demonstrations shall cover the irrigation, process industry and waste/storm water sectors. This WP will be led by IST with the assistance of sub-task leaders TCD, Hidro and FAEN. Other partners (Feragua, Napoli, and AR) will contribute to individual pilots and overall system designs. Associate partners NI Water and Renova SA will facilitate the scale demonstrations with detailed site and technical information.


Work Package 8:  Policy and Social Impacts

Lead: Action Renewables

MHP technology faces a number of non-technical barriers to its implementation in practice. These include: a lack of, or poor economic incentives; disparate water governance policy nationally in the AA; a lack of awareness of the potential positive social impacts of MHP; poor management structures in some organisations to support water innovation. REDAWN proposes to promote and exploit a technical solution to small scale MHP in water networks. However without appropriately addressing the non-technical challenges, this technology will not realise its full potential in the region.

WP8 will enable a more rapid uptake of MHP energy recovery systems in the AA through informing the development of supporting social, institutional, economic and water governance policies. This will facilitate the uptake of MHP through: i) a governance framework to improve the design of related policies; ii) Best practice organisations management models in the 4 water network sectors; iii) Assessment of impact on social factors such as the cost of water for consumers, cost of water on the environment, and corporate social responsibility; iv) Best practice economic policy addressing energy cost, carbon cost, taxation and incentives.

WP8 will be led by AR who will conduct the overarching policy analysis. Trinity Business school will assist in organisations management analysis. While WATEF and FAEN will examined the social and economic aspects respectively.