On May 14, 2020, the third coordination meeting of the LIFE NEXUS Project took place. Due to the situation arising from Covid-19, the meeting was telematic and had the participation of CARTIF and the external monitor of the Project, Ms. Cristina Vicente Álvarez, from IDOM-NEEMO.
During the day, the main advances of the Project were presented. On the one hand, the analysis of the potential for recovery of mini-hydraulic energy in urban water networks and the first European inventory of these locations that is being carried out within the framework of LIFE NEXUS. At the moment, 96 potential and existing locations have been identified from 10 European countries. This geo-referenced database is already available through the Project website.
On the other hand, the work carried out in the Porma Drinking Water Treatment Plant in León (Spain) was presented. The designs of the micro-hydraulic generation prototype (pump operating as a turbine and battery storage) and the energy monitoring and management platform have been completed. The tender for the construction of the prototype of the turbine has been awarded and it is currently in the construction phase (conditioned by the situation derived from Covid-19).
Aspects related to dissemination and networking with other projects were also discussed.