More than 200 students and specialists in the water sector from all around the world have attended the 9th Easter European Young Water Professionals 2017 conference. The venue of the event was the renewed Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and the overarching theme of this year's edition consisted in "Uniting Europe for Clean Water: Cross-Border Cooperations of Old, New and Candidate Countries of EU, for identifying problems, finding causes and solutions". This matched very well the cross-border focus of the Ireland-Wales programme behind the Dwr Uisce programme, and made the event a perfect showcase for the project.
Daniele took part and gave an oral presentation introducing the Dwr Uisce programme and disseminating the first findings of the research being carried out. In particular, his presentation revolved around the models developed for the estimation of unit costs and maximum hydraulic efficiency relative to the use of Pumps as Turbines as hydro energy generators for micro-hydropower schemes.
The program of the conference included also an interesting field visit to Csepel Island water treatment plant which started operations in 2010 and serves the western and southern parts of the Budapest metropolitan city. By its premises, it was possible to view the impressive 75kW Archimedean Screw generator which is an excellent example of energy recovery from water infrastructures.