A new project which has received €2.9 million in funding from the European Union (EU) will be lead by Trinity engineering and business professors.
Reducing the Energy Dependency of the Atlantic area Water Networks (REDAWN) aims to lessen the burden on stressed water networks and reduce associated negative impacts on the environment. The project also hope to reduce operational costs for companies and bring down water bills for the public.
With the water services industry being the fourth-most energy intensive sector in the EU, REDAWN is aiming to develop both the technology and policy to improve the energy efficiency of water suppliers in European water networks.
The REDAWN project also aims to develop an adequate environment from institutional, social and technological standpoints to promote greater resource efficiency in all water networks. These include irrigation, public water supply, waste and storm water. Many countries in the Atlantic area will also see REDAWN adopt next-gen micro-hydropower energy recovery technology in their water networks including Ireland, the UK, France and Spain.
Associate Professor in Energy and the Environment in the School of Engineering at Trinity, Dr. Aonghus McNabola will be the technical lead of this multidisciplinary project.
Dr. McNabola believes REDAWN will play a crucial role in environmental protection as well as strengthening European economic competitiveness. “The water industry in Europe contributes significantly to energy consumption and CO2 emissions, which in turn impact negatively on the environment and the economy. European business competitiveness is impacted by the operational costs of water services…The REDAWN project will make significant advances in improving energy efficiency in this sector and it will have positive environmental and economic impacts”.
Dr. McNabola will be assisted by Professor in Operations Management in the Trinity Business School, Paul Coughlan, and Assistant Professor, John Gallagher from the School of Engineering.
Prof. Coughlan stressed the important role REDAWN will play in integrating many experts from varying fields to realise the project’s goal of maximising energy efficiency. “REDAWN is set up to enable the engineering, environmental science and business researchers to interact directly with practitioners from European industry. Together, these partners are committed to bringing their established expertise to the table and open to learning with, through and from each other”.
REDAWN will run for three years with support from the EU’s Atlantic Area co-operation programme 2014-2020.