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Greener Waterway Infrastructure (Green WIN) is an Interreg North West Europe (NWE) funded project, running from November 2018 to Dec 2022. It tackles the excess energy use and high carbon emissions Waterway Management Organisations (WMO’s) cause when pumping water around the region’s rivers and canals. The project partnership is made up of WMO’s, Universities, Public Service Organisations and Inland Waterways experts from across NWE and is committed to working together to find solutions to this problem.
Partners will carry out laboratory trials to check how well current pumping technologies, systems and processes are performing and to see if we can adapt these to optimise performance, use less energy and produce fewer emissions. We trial different configurations of equipment to see if they work more efficiently and if there are optimal ways to deploy these re-configurations in different hydrological and operational scenarios. We also examine how, or if, we can incorporate renewable energy solutions into existing pumping technologies.
This research stage is followed by live testing of the strongest solutions developed, at 11 pilot sites across the UK, Ireland and France to check how they work in real operational conditions.
Our aim is for the solutions progressed in Green WIN to be developed further, or adapted, by SME’s and pump manufacturers. Individuals or representatives from their trade organisations are being invited to support these activities, participating on an Advisory Board, giving technical advice at the installations of pumps / systems at the trials and in the initial testing at the University of Liège’s laboratories. Their commercial insights will give us a better understanding of the industry’s needs and help ensure we focus on the things that should increase the chances of our greener technologies, systems and processes getting to market.
Persuading others to adopt Green WIN’s solutions as good practice is vital if we are to achieve wider efficiencies and carbon reductions. We will be working hard to ensure our tested solutions are applied across more NWE waterways and want to encourage WMO’s outside the partnership to install equipment or adopt the improved systems and processes demonstrated. The investment, procurement and business plan we set out in a Green Practices Toolkit is intended to assist their pump replacement planning when existing equipment approaches ‘end of life’.
We will set up a Greener Waterways Network to promote and sustain the findings from Green WIN long in to the future, teaming up with other inland waterway organisations and environmental groups to champion this initiative and encourage more WMO’s across Europe to use them to help ‘make their waterways greener’.
Scarriff Co Clare
Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat
Université de Liège - HECE
7 Place du 20-Août
Voies Navigables de France
175 Rue Ludovic Boutlex
15 Koning Albert II-laan
Canal & River Trust
|Canal & River Trust
|Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat
|Université de Liège - HECE
|Prof. Benjamin J. Dewals
|Voies Navigables de France
As reported in our previous article, we will be posting some important reports on the Green WIN website over the next few weeks. Read More
Read more about the latest Green Win update... Read More
Important Green WIN control panel & pump testing in Liège Read More
Green Win's visit to Ireland... Read More
A number of Gren Win partners met online for a seminar on Hydraulic management systems, water management, & SCADA, sharing knowledge and discussing different approaches. Read More
Kennet & Avon Canal Crofton Pumping Station works to be completed this winter. Read More
UK partner meeting carries on regardless... Read More
Canal and River Trust travelled to Strasbourg. Read More
Waterways Ireland has started their installation works at one of their trial site: Richmond Harbour on the Royal Canal. Read More
The main objective of the meeting is to get a plan together about how all partners can complete all the projects actions and gather the results and data to show the results.
Chris Barnett from Canal & River Trust will give a presentation about Green WIN at a workshop organised by the Sustainable Transport Division of UNECE and the workshop was titled “Towards a Modern, Sustainable and Resilient E Waterway Network”.
The purpose of the workshop was “to consider possibilities for improving coordination in the development of E waterway network and its elements to ensure its greening, sustainability, resilience to climate change, external shocks and other challenges”. Over 40 participants were involved and were from Czechia, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Italy and the Netherlands.
Joris Hardy from the University of Liège will be presenting a scientific communication “Improving energy-efficiency of pumping operations in waterways: a combined laboratory and computational approach”.
Green Win and NIWE will be present at the World Canal conference 2022
Nigel Taylor from Canal & River Trust will be representing Green WIN at the Water Equipment Show hosted by UK’s Pump Centre on 12-13 May 2021.
With the COVID19 pandemic still affecting Europe, Green WIN's next partners' meeting will be online on Thursday 4th of February 2021, with the main discussion focussing on what the partners can and can’t do in the next few months given the continued crisis.
VLM will participate in the “Dag van De Wijers” on September 27th in Heusden-Zolder.
Green WIN's next partners' meeting will take place, via Skype, on Sept 24th.
GreenWIN's next partners meeting will take place, via Skype, on June 18th.
With the cancellation of the next partners' meeting in Dublin due to take place in May, the partners will be discussing the project progress and how best to go forward in the current situation.
Click here to view the reports of the final assessments available for the various trial sites across the UK, France and Ireland. Read More
Click here to view the reports relating to the Work Package T1 - Improving existing systems and processes. Read More
Click here to discover all the Green Win reports for the initial assessments at each of the trial sites across the UK, France and Ireland. Read More
Click here to view the Green Win presentation given by Chris Barnett (lead partner Canal and Rive Trust) at the UNECE Sustainable Transport Division Workshop “Towards a Modern, Sustainable and Resilient E Waterway Network” that took place in June 2022. Read More
Click here to view the Green Win abstract presented by the team from Université de Liège during the 39th IAHR World Congress "From Snow To Sea" held in June 2022 in Granada, Spain. Read More
Click below to download the Green Win handouts given during the World Canals Conference 2022 in Leipzig, Germany. Read More
Click here to see some of the social media posts. Read More
Click here to view all the documents relating to the Work Package T2 - Evaluating current market and setting the basis for rolling out improvements identified in Green WIN. Read More
Click here to view the Green Win articles published in the Smart Water Magazine between January and June 2021. Read More
To discover or learn more about the scientific methodology applied to design and construct the test bench... Read More