Area Manager Australia Asia Pacific, Cegasa Portable Energy
Case Study: Hybrid system for an off-grid livestock farm with 3,000 heads of cattle
With an extensive background in highly technological industries (automotive, steelworks) Alberto is currently the Area Manager for Australia & Asia Pacific for CEGASA PORTABLE ENERGY, a European specialist in energy storage solutions. In Australia, he is responsible for CEGASA’s portfolio of zinc-air batteries for industrial applications and lithium-ion solutions for renewable energies and motive power. Sydney based, Alberto is dedicated to follow up and support all existing projects in the area.
Technical studies estimate that an average producer cow consumes 516 kWh per year. In Europe, the cost of energy is a decisive factor that affects the competitive capacity of cattle farms, specially since their access to the grid is quite limited and requires a high investment. Off-grid systems have been the most used solution to the problem but until recently, they were fossil fuel based generating an additional set of problems.
A farm in the city of Lleida (Spain), with more than 3,000 head of cattle, decided to install a solar off-grid system to support their average consumption at peak hours of 180 kWh and reduce their annual 170,000 € fuel bill. The storage system designed by CEGASA fulfilled the required specifications by the client: use of the safest technology; modular and scalable in time; compact due to space constraints; total integration with all the selected equipment in the system.
This case study explains how this farm’s project reduced the fuel bills and achieved a 6 year return on investment.