Renewable Energy Workshop for Aussie farmers seeking cheaper power

Farmers and sector experts will address the adoption of photo voltaic, batteries, microgrids, and agrivoltaics (the mix of solar with farming) in the sector, as properly as how emissions and energy expenditures can be reduced at the Renewable Strength Workshop on October 6. 

This Oct, Adelaide will participate in house to the 2022 Irrigation Australia International Meeting and Exhibition, which will feature a Renewable Energy Workshop for the initially time as demand from customers for renewable electrical power soars in the face of skyrocketing electric power payments.

The nation’s food items provide relies upon closely on irrigated agriculture, but its continued sustainability and competitiveness count on trusted, low-cost, small-emission power and diesel for h2o pumping. In accordance to the Nationwide Irrigator’s Council, irrigated agriculture creates 93 for each cent of fruit, nuts, and grapes, 83 per cent of veggies, 48 for each cent of dairy products, and 100 for each cent of rice.

A session on long term tech will see Neil Thompson, Associate Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, chat about the hydrogen economic climate and how farmers could be effectively positioned to choose advantage of these new technologies.

Mr Thompson claims, “Recent will increase in gas rates on the East Coast of Australia have seen deteriorating margins in the ag sector. At the identical time, volatility in diesel pricing has witnessed comparable strain on farms utilizing diesel for motor vehicles and irrigation pumps. Appropriately, inexperienced hydrogen made from spare renewable electrical power and wastewater potentially gives some hope.”  

James Stacey, an irrigator in South Australia who grows grains, oaten hay and livestock, has been applying solar to minimize his pumping prices. He had high priced electric power bills of $5K or $6K a month prior to putting in photo voltaic. His electrical power expenditures have now considerably diminished, with the payback in about a few decades. 

Mr Stacey says, “We’re in a position to export to the grid, so that helps make a tiny cash flow throughout the winter months when we really do not irrigate much.

“The rough payback for our solar was about a few a long time, so it stacks up economically for our organization. It has improved the way we irrigate as well as we applied to only irrigate in off-peak moments, but now we can irrigate when it is greatest for the crops and for us.”

Anne Dansey from AgVic will be speaking about the combining of solar and farming on the very same parcel of land. AgVic has set up a range of solar panels over a pear orchard to check the impression on the trees, with early effects indicating reduced fruit damage by sunburn and improved h2o use effectiveness.

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