Hydroelectric plants in the Cantabrian basin benefit from high rainfall and mountainous topography. In this context, Aranzadi’s Entomology team proposes dragonflies (an often neglected group which includes several EU protected species) as bioindicators to determine the plants’ impact on their diversity. Furthermore, we identify habitat variables to monitor/control to minimize environmental impact. We would like to join refurbishing projects in this region.
Development of hydropower equipment for improving techno-economic efficiency and equipment resilience in refurbishment situations
TOPIC ID: HORIZON-CL5-2024-D3-01-07
Programme: Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON)
Call: Sustainable, secure and competitive energy supply (HORIZON-CL5-2024-D3-01)
Type of action: HORIZON-RIA HORIZON Research and Innovation Actions
Type of MGA: HORIZON Action Grant Budget-Based [HORIZON-AG]
Deadline model: single-stage
Planned opening date: 12 September 2023
Deadline date: 16 January 2024 17:00:00 Brussels time
Project results are expected to contribute to at all of the following expected outcomes:
- Keeping the availability of the existing hydropower fleet with an important role in the future power market as flexible power suppliers.
- Increase technology leadership, competitiveness and technology export potential of European hydropower industry.
- Reduced cost and improved efficiency of refurbished hydropower installations.
- Enhanced sustainability of refurbished hydropower, taking fully into account and balancing between circular economy, social, economic and environmental aspects in line with the European Green Deal priorities including energy and climate targets and biodiversity.
Development of hydropower equipment for improving techno-economic efficiency and equipment resilience in refurbishment situations of existing hydropower plants, which are outdated in respect of efficiency, power market interfacing, climate change adaptation and environmental sustainability, in particular also in respect of biodiversity. In scope are novel technologies, which improve the efficiency and economic parameters of existing hydropower plants during refurbishment without requiring substantial modification of the hydraulic system and by implementing circularity by design, e.g., low-friction and resistant materials and technical solutions that can minimize tear and wear in future operation modes. Solution should positively affect CAPEX and OPEX per kWh and also be compliant with improving the water quality of the underlying water body and in particular positively affect biodiversity. Socio-economic and environmental sustainability including SDGs, circular economy, social, economic and environmental aspects should be addressed on a life cycle basis.
To get more information regarding this call, please, visit the following page: https://www.developmentaid.org/grants/view/1047182/development-of-hydropower-equipment-for-improving-techno-economic-efficiency-and-equipment-resilienc