H-HOPE organised its first stakeholder event in Iceland to discuss the technology developed under H-HOPE.
The event aimed to collect feedback and understand the potential utility with end-users following the progress and development of H-HOPE technology one year since the project launched in 2022.
Smart meter data can provide accurate data for simulation models, assist predictive maintenance versus reactive maintenance and test different scenarios when expanding the water network planning future demand in tandem with municipalities. Creating a digital twin, devloping real time models and connecting them with live data allows insights into disruptionsand faster leakage detection.
H-HOPE aims to power these sensors that lack constant electricity supply to help power smart meters. OR is participating and has mapped installation areas in their District heating systems, springs in remote areas far from infrastructure, pipes under the ocean, and wells.
Giovanna Cavazzini presented developments under the H-HOPE project and the face challenges related to power supply of sensors and developing hidden hydro. The main target of H-HOPE project is to exploit untapped hydropower in natural and artificial water flows, like water distribution networks, irrigation channels, wastewater treatment channels and lagoon natural flows. Turbines are expensive to install to recurperate such energy, thus the H-HOPE project is focused on exploiting vortices in water flows, which can produce energy via pizoelectric patches. The case studies that are providing data are: 4 distribution networks, hot water distribution networks, wastewater treatments and a lagoon.
Piping, open channels and open stream applications have different operating conditions, with variable water velocities and directions impacting the generation of electricity. The aim of H-HOPE is to generate enough power to power these sensors and to understand how much power is needed in digitising district heating network and water networks.
Video of the stakeholder event can be viewed by clicking on the YouTube link here.Presentations from the event can be found using the following links.