Dŵr Uisce announce details of sustainability webinar series

The Dŵr Uisce team has announced a free sustainability webinar series, exploring ‘research based practical solutions to improve energy efficiency of water services.’

Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Ireland Wales Co-operation programme 2014-2020, Dŵr Uisce is a research team, made up of academic and research staff from Trinity College Dublin and Bangor University, in Wales.

The first webinar in their series will take place on 24 February at 11am and will focus on micro-hydropower:

‘Since 2011 the research team Trinity College Dublin has been working on a novel type of low-cost and modular water turbine, consisting of using regular water pumps in reverse as turbines.

‘The webinar will introduce the technology and provide an overview of the locations where it could be beneficial. Also, the results from the various installed pilot plants operating since 2019 will be presented.’

The speaker will be Dr Daniele Novara, Dept. of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin; and tickets for the webinar can be booked here.

The four webinars in the series comprise of:

  • 24 February 2021: Exploring Micro-Hydropower
  • 10 March 2021: Recovering Heat From Drain Water – The Opportunity
  • 24 March 2021: Recovering Heat From Drain Water – Making It Happen
  • 14 April 2021: Benchmarking Water And Energy Efficiency

More details on the series are available on the Dŵr Uisce website.

Dŵr Uisce has been working with the National Federation of Groupe Water Schemes since 2016. In that time, feasibility assessments have been completed on 15 GWSs nationally, resulting in the subsequent installation of a ‘Pump as Turbine (PAT)’ on Blackstairs GWS, Co. Wexford, which is the first demonstration site in the country for this technology.