Hydraulic co-generation system in water abduction and distribution network

Project duration: 2013 – 2017



Project under LIFE + Programme in the field of politics and environmental governance.
Contract reference number: LIFE12 ENV/ES/000695.

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FAEN – Asturian Energy Foundation.

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LIFEHYGENET is a project that aims to generate clean electricity from the use of kinetic and potential energy currently wasted in the distribution networks and potable water supply, through a modular power generator system built at pilot plant level.

The project will be implemented in Mieres del Camino, in Asturias (Spain).

The main objective of the project is focused on producing “green electricity”, contributing with it to the fulfilment of the European Commission’s agreements regarding the increased use of renewable energy sources.

Thereby helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and therefore the compliance with the Kyoto protocol and with the Renewable Energy Plan of the Spanish Government (PER 2011-2020) which set the target to achieve 268 MW in installations with less than 1MW.

To achieve this general goal, it will be necessary to establish the individual objectives shown below:

  • Using kinetic and potential energy currently wasted in distributions and water supplies networks.

  • Generating “green electricity” for use in urban and/or industrial areas.

  • Contributing to reducing the carbon footprint.

  • Demonstrating technical and economic feasibility of the modular power generator through the manufacture of a pilot plant built in factory and transported to integrally mount on the particular site for this purpose.

  • Releasing project results to the public and scientific community, paying particular attention to the Governments and the owners and donors of concessions on the use of potable water networks.

  • Promoting new public policies for energy saving and sustainable mobility based on the economic benefits of the pilot plant.

  • Demonstrating reduction of the environmental impact of the proposed solution comparing to traditional small hydro installed in situ.

  • Contributing to simplify and reduce administrative barriers to these systems, favouring this way its generalization.

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