Dwr Uisce team visits new potential locations for heat and hydropower recovery in Tipperary

On June 13th Dŵr Uisce team visited several potential locations for hydropower installation and heat recovery in Tipperary. Tríona Collins and Patrick Moran, from Tipperary County Council organized the site visits.

The first visited site was Cooleeney Cheese, a plant established in 1986 where a range of speciality cheeses are produced. The owners of the plant showed the team the process of cheese-making identifying the potential locations for heat recovery. Finally, a temperature probe was installed to collect data for several weeks. Once the data is collected, a report will be carried out to evaluate the feasibility of the installation of a heat recovery system at this site.

  Fig. 1.  Installation of a temperature probe in  Cooleeney Cheese

Fig. 1. Installation of a temperature probe in Cooleeney Cheese

After that, the team, guided by Tríona Collins and Patrick Moran, visited different locations with hydropower potential: a pressure reducing valve in Templemore water distribution network and a powerhouse in Knockalough, where the head difference between the reservoir and the powerhouse could entail a good location for a pump as turbine. As well as in Cooleeney Cheese, a feasibility report considering the installation of a pump as turbine will be developed in both sites.

  Fig.2.  Reservoir in Knockalough

Fig.2. Reservoir in Knockalough

We are very grateful to Tríona Collins and Patrick Moran, from Tipperary County Council and Cooleeney Cheese for their collaboration with Dŵr Uisce project.