Within the framework of the LIFE+ Programme, the European Commission has passed funding for the Hydraulic co-generation system in water abduction and distribution network project (LIFE12 ENV/ES/000695 - LifeHyGENet), under the leadership of Prodintec, in which INGEMAS, S.A.-Grupo TSK is participating as a partner.
The aim of this project is to further develop the theoretical work conducted previously by INGEMAS, S.A. and Prodintec: Research on electricity generation systems in abduction lines. This work received funds from the Government of the Principality of Asturias, through funding under the Asturias Science, Technology and Innovation Plan (PCTI, in Spanish) for 2006-2009, jointly financed (80%) by Priority Axis 1 of the FEDER Operating Programme of the Principality of Asturias 2007-2013. The success of this preliminary work has made it possible to present a project that aims to go from conceptual design to small magnitude demonstrators on a pilot plant scale.
This pilot plant shall attempt to generate clean electrical energy by harnessing kinetic and potential energy currently wasted in distribution grids and drinking water supply systems. This goal shall be sought through a modular electrical energy system that uses a pressure reduction system, operating parallel to the surge tanks, in which the pressure is reduced by means of a hydraulic turbine.
With this system, 700,000 KWh of electrical energy can be generated, saving 188.3 t of CO2 and reducing emissions by 403.2 kg of SO2 and 284.9 kg of NOx, thus contributing to compliance with the decisions by the European Commission in relation to increasing the use of renewable energy sources. This will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and, consequently, further compliance with the Kyoto Protocol and the Renewable Energy Plan of the Government of Spain (PER 2011-2020), which establishes the goal of reaching 268 MW at facilities of less than 1MW.