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Possibilities of Energy and CO2 savings and modification options in energy demand of agriculture in times of rapidly changing electricity prices

  • Intelligent use of energy is one of the keys to success for an energy revolution. To meet this challenge, smart meters are suitable tools because INTELLIGENT use of energy means not only to use efficiency technology, but also to determine load shifting potentials and use them accordingly. Especially farms with high power consumption are becoming increasingly concerned about reducing energy costs due to rising energy prices and need a systematic analysis of their operational energy flow. To find solutions for farms, the NaRoTec e.V., the TH Köln, and the Machinery Ring Höxter-Warburg have joined forces with partners and launched the project "Intelligent Energy in Agriculture", which is funded by the state of NRW. The aim of the project is to be able to give individual advice recommendations for energy optimization of agricultural holdings. This will be achieved inter alia through an operational energy audit and current measurements in different operating ranges. To achieve this, smart meters were installed in selected energy-intensive dairy and pig farms. As part of the project, the installed smart meter information about the consumption of various plants and their components were analyzed, regularities and adaptability in loading history identified, and the energy efficiency of the equipment and systems used verified (especially pumps, ventilators, feeding systems). Then recommendations were formulated to shift electricity-intensive processes to times with low electricity costs and high intrinsic power production. The resulting findings will be used as the basis for intelligent energy management in the further course of the project. Overall, efficiency streamlining measures in the field of ventilation and lighting systems, flexible dry feeding systems by decoupling power purchase and consumption, as well as energy savings and related CO2 savings were determined.

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  • Possibilities of Energy and CO2 savings and modification options in energy demand of agriculture in times of rapidly changing electricity prices (Short title: Intelligent (smart) energy in agriculture)

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Author:Patrick Beuel
Contributor(s):Christiane Rieker, Thomas Mockenhaupt, Karsten Block, Norbert Hofnagel
Document Type:Other
Date of Publication (online):2016/10/31
Tag:Agricultural Farms; Energy-­efficiency; Load shifting; Self-sufficiency; Smart Meter
Page Number:18
Institutes:Anlagen, Energie- und Maschinensysteme (F09) / Fakultät 09 / Cologne Institute for Renewable Energy
CCS-Classification:H. Information Systems
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Allgemeines, Informatik, Informationswissenschaft
500 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik
600 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften
JEL-Classification:Q Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
Open Access:Open Access
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Keine kommerzielle Nutzung-Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen