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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