H-HOPE Consortium Meeting in Brussels April 2024

H-HOPE Consortium Meeting in Brussels – April 2024

The H-HOPE consortium recently gathered in Brussels to review the progress of their energy harvesting technology project.

The H-HOPE consortium is making steady progress towards sustainable energy solutions, with promising early results and a clear path forward for future developments.

In Work Package 2, David Finger from RU is leading the assessment of the energy harvester’s technical, economic, environmental, and social feasibility. He is working closely with stakeholders and using causal loop diagrams to map out the relationships and interests involved. Preliminary life cycle assessment (LCA) results are promising, showing a carbon footprint of less than 4.5 grams per kilowatt-hour.

Work Package 3 is focused on data collection, cleaning, and validation. The team is developing tools for data visualisation and analysis to ensure accurate and insightful interpretations. These efforts have resulted in a comprehensive database of flow velocity data from various pilot sites, which will inform the design and modeling of the energy harvesting devices.

The project coordinator shared updates on the development of a one-dimensional (1D) model in Work Package 4 for both piping and open stream configurations. This model will help estimate potential energy output based on flow velocity and device dimensions. In particular, the open stream configuration with a cylinder and membranes is being investigated to extract energy from both the oscillation of the cylinder and the deformation of the membranes.

Experimental setups are progressing well. At Brno University, an open channel setup is being used to measure vortex-induced vibrations and power output from different cylinder configurations. Eduard Doujak from TU Wien is working on an experimental setup for piped configurations.

Additionally, a do-it-yourself platform is being developed to make the device easy to manufacture and assemble. This platform will include an online tool for users to estimate the energy potential of their specific setups.

The consortium also organised a meeting with stakeholders to discuss the project’s potential impact on European policy-making, highlighting the importance of aligning the project’s goals with broader environmental and regulatory frameworks.

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