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Energy Smart Livestock Farming towards Zero Fossil Fuel Consumption
Coordinating Institute
Agricultural University of Athens
Dimitris Manolakos
Universita' degli Studi di Bologna
Terra Energy
Federazione Europea Di Zootecnica
Plegma Labs Technologikes Lyseis Anonymos Etairia
Center for Technology Research and Innovation Ltd
Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt für Tierzucht und Tierhaltung e. V.
Institute for Research and Technology-Thessaly, Center for Research and Technology Hellas
University of Gent
Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Golinelli Giulio
G Ligeros & Sia Oe
MG Sustainable Engineering AB
Aarhus Universität - UA
Eurec EESV

Allocated to research program
The adaptation of RES technologies and machinery and their demonstration at a large-scale on farm level, require supporting measures with respect to spatial planning, infrastructure, different business models and market organisation, trends that are not all under control from a farmers perspective. RES4LIVE project will fill these gaps ensuring a wider adoption of RES and energy efficiency technologies, machinery and techniques in livestock farms towards a zero-fossil fuel consumption. A great part of RES4LIVE technical work deals with the adaptation of specific technologies for both renewable energy and biofuels so that to perfectly fit livestock farming and becoming attractive in terms of cost effectiveness, operational flexibility and with low maintenance. The key technologies include PVT systems, modular heat pumps, biogas upgrading to biomethane, and tractors retrofitting to be fuelled by biomethane. Except these technologies, standard RES and other solutions are included in the integrated energy system, such as the use of PV panels, geothermal energy, and electrification of on-farm machinery. The RES4LIVE project emphasises on the demonstration of the selected technologies in 4 pilot farms in Belgium, Italy, Germany and Greece, for a duration of at least 12 months, to serve as the means of de-fossilising evidence and impact generation. The aim is to totally replace the fossil fuel consumption of certain needs in the pilot farms, proving that fossil-free-energy farming is possible to be achieved in a sustainable way. At the same time, the replicability potential is another key activity so that to prepare the commercialization process of the solutions. The overall objective of the 4-year project is to provide advanced and cost-effective technologies to the livestock sector that ensure the sustainability of the farms operation, and the superior thermal comfort of the animals for increased productivity with minimum climate change impact.

Europäische Union (EU)
Funding framework


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