The development of new turbines (new hydraulic, mechanical, and electrical technologies) to harvest the energy in water supply network will be performed. Optimization through numerical simulations as well as performance investigation and measurements on test rig will be carried out to assess the technologies and optimize the new turbines.
DUO TURBO: Providing industrial and competitive family of low-CAPEX integrated plug-and-play energy recovery stations. CTI project n°17197.1
This project focuses on turning a counter rotating micro-turbine proof of concept into a range of standard energy recovery stations able to harvest energy on drinking water networks. The plug-and-play concept to be developed will require a low investment for the final customers, reaching economic feasibility with an available hydraulic power below 25 kW. A new part of the Swiss and international renewable energy potential will then be targeted and profitably exploited.
Source of funding: Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI)
Research partners: Laboratory for Hydraulic Machines (LMH) at EPFL, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), Telsa SA, Jacquier Luisier SA, Valélectric Farner SA
Duration: January 2015 to December 2017
Hydropower and energy efficiency in water systems
To answer to nowadays needs for sustainable energy sources that are, at the same time, economically viable and environmentally friendly, the systems must be efficient. The best efficiency is obtained when the system is designed in the way that maximizes the energy produced and minimizes the caused damage, not violating any imposed constraint. The purpose of this research is an experimental and computational investigation of energy conversion and efficiency in water systems.
Source of funding: Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Research partners: Laboratory of Hydraulic Constructions (LCH) at EPFL, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO)