The overall objective of RES4LIVE project is to provide advanced and cost-effective energy related 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. 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 organization, 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 zero fossil fuel consumption. A great part of RES4LIVE technical work deals with the adaptation of specific technologies for both renewable energy and bio-fuels 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:
- Photovoltaic/Thermal (PVT) systems
- Modular heat pumps
- Biogas upgrading to biomethane
- Tractors retrofitting to be fueled 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 emphasizes on the demonstration of the selected technologies in 4 pilot farms in Belgium, Italy, Germany and Greece for at least 12 months, to serve as the means of de-fossilizing 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 is another key activity so that to prepare the commercialization process of the solutions.