Dwr Uisce stands for ‘Distributing our Water Resources: Utilising Integrated, Smart and low-Carbon Energy‘. We are a research team made up of academic and research staff from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland and Bangor University in Wales. The team has extensive experience in energy technology, environmental impact assessments, climate change and business collaboration. The project runs until Sept ’21, and is supported through the Ireland-Wales Co-operation Programme 2014-2020.
Improving the efficiency of water distribution in Ireland and Wales is at the core of the project ethos. This will be achieved by developing new low carbon, energy-saving technologies and services. We will trial energy recovery technologies at several demonstration sites in both countries before being launched on the market. We will build a capacity for innovation in the water industry through our cluster of organisations interested in sustainability in the water-energy nexus.
We aim to undertake the following areas of research:
- Innovating in the water sector: we will undertake cross-border and cross-sectoral auditing and benchmarking assessments will improve our understanding of the water sector market, and regional environmental and economic impact assessments will support cost effectiveness in the deployment of our technologies. An eco-design toolkit will also be produced specifically for the water sector to support the growing remit of the circular economy.
- Developing technology and services: New smart and low-carbon technologies are required to achieve energy recovery in the water sector, including micro-hydropower, drain water heat recovery and smart network controls and this will be delivered at four demonstration sites in Ireland and Wales. Furthermore, the potential impact of the technology platforms for energy saving in the water sector will be quantified.
- Stimulating collaboration: The Ireland-Wales Water-Energy network will facilitate knowledge transfer through a range of dissemination events and material, as well as promote an action learning network to stimulate new innovative supply relationships in the region. We will support existing and emerging technology, policies, regulations and other measures which can contribute to greater sustainability in the sector.
- Addressing climate change impacts: The implications of climate change on the future availability of water in Ireland and Wales will be examined, considering the knock-on effects on water availability, energy consumption and the economy in both regions. Improving our understanding of how climate change will directly and indirectly impact on our water resources will help deliver recommendations for the water industry to address future uncertainties to prevent regional water stress.