The RESTOR Hydro consortium met for the 4th project meeting on the 4th of March at the head office of France Hydro Electricité (http://www.france-hydro-electricite.fr/) in Paris. Set in the heart of the city, nearby the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées, FHEs’ offices are also home to the National Association of French milling.
The RESTOR Hydro Advisory Board had the opportunity to join the project partners to share their experience and give advice on further development within the project.
During the meeting, the eight target country project partners were asked to reveal the progress made with the pilot sites in their respective countries.
Among the 22 attendees, guests included Simon Hunkin from Greenovate (http://www.greenovate-europe.eu/), who presented the results and recommendations from the INTERREG (capitalisation on renewable energy), Dirk Vansintjan from RESCOOP (http://www.rescoop.eu/), for synchronisation of our respective projects in favour of European renewable energy cooperatives and Patrick Lehnes from Interpet Europe (http://www.interpret-europe.net/) who shared his know how in project interpretation and informed the RESTOR Hydro partners of the importance of transmitting comprehensible interpretations of our pilot sites to the general public.
Patrick Wheeler from NettoWatt (http://www.nettowatt.be/) projected the RESTOR Hydro Map (http://www.restor-hydro.eu/en/tools/mills-map/) on screen, where 15 000 sites with hydropower potential are already online. The consortium concluded that the project is well under way and that some of the 24 pilot sites will soon be officially announced.
Planning the RESTOR Hydro map days is another major activity scheduled for the eight target countries. Two days of workshops, presentations, visits of the pilot sites and other activities involving the general public, aim to inform local actors and investors how Renewable Energy Sources Transforming Our Regions with Hydro-power cooperatives can boost the local economy, inviting them to align their collective interests by supporting locally-driven initiatives for the sustainable development of their regions.