Why this project? The Life4Fish project symbolises EDF Luminus’s determination to play an active part in renewable energy production and in the fight against climate change. It is a major challenge, linked to our local presence.
The decline of environmental quality, caused by global warming among other things, puts nature under a lot of pressure. Projects dedicated to the protection of biodiversity and the environment, like Life4Fish for fish fauna, therefore deserve special attention.
Green energy production aims at maximum respect for fauna and flora through the use of the best available technical means. In order to properly implement this action plan for the protection of species, EDF Luminus, your energy partner, has called upon the research departments of the universities of Liège and Namur, experts of the EDF Group and the company Profish.
The 4 solutions we are considering involve different technologies. The first consists in predicting the periods during which fish migrate downstream. This involves a new strategy for the operation of hydroelectric dams, taking into account the migration intensity of fish. The second solution consists in the installation of repellent screens guiding the fish migration to the adequate channels. The third solution is the installation of a migration outlet and the fourth and last solution, which is not included in the scope of the Life programme but is intrinsically linked to our project, is the installation of a new type of turbine, a so-called environmentally sustainable turbine. This turbine should enable us to further reduce our impact on fish fauna without jeopardising our energy production.