France’s SICASIL adds micro hydro to drinking water system

A micro Francis-type turbine added to an existing drinking water system has added 215 kW of hydroelectric power to French utility SICASIL’s network.

The project — SICASIL’s fourth such installation — is located in Grasse and will provide power for about 450 households.

The unit is designed to handle 600 liters of water per second with a drop height of 40 meters, SICASIL said, and is controlled and monitored remotely.

The project cost about US$840,000 and received financing from a number of entities, including the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), French Environment & Energy Management Agency (ADEME).

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