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Pollinator: We’ve Got the Power; On-Farm Solutions to Energy Demands

May 23 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

aerial view of solar panels in a field

It’s a law of the Universe that energy can’t be created or destroyed; it can just be changed into different forms. But every change comes at a cost; they are really inefficient and lead to precious energy being lost each time there is a transformation from one type of energy into another.

So how can new innovations harness energy more effectively for use on farm?

From horses to diesel, wind, solar and anaerobic digesters, innovations in energy management and storage on farms have been relatively low-tech and slow to develop. However future energy needs provide a major opportunity for farms to be generators and repositories of power, as well as more efficient users of energy. Here we discuss how innovations in energy generation, capture, storage and use are poised to transform the way farms use and generate power.

With energy inputs are one of the highest costs for the agriculture and horticulture industry, and increasing pressures on non-fossil fuels, lots of solutions are in development to solve the energy equation for agriculture and horticulture business, especially with the increase in sensors and other remote devices that will need to be powered in the field.

This is your chance to find out about new innovations to help generate and harness power from different existing sources. From solar to biogas, vibration technology and glasshouse solutions, we’ll be looking at how to make the maths stack up and the technology work for farmers.


13.30     Arrival and coffee

14.00    Welcome and introductions

Jon Duffy, CEO, The AF Group

14.10     Farming for Anaerobic Digestion – Perceptions, Possibilities and Pitfalls

Innes McEwan, Head of Farming, Future Biogas

14.30    From Grass to Glass, a discussion on solar energy farming in the Fens

Luke Palmer, Farmer and Director Stowbridge Solar Ltd

14.50    Sensors without wires or batteries? Good luck with that!

Paul Egan, CEO, 8Power

15.10    Manipulating your energy consumption to meet the energy challenges in horticulture

Jonathan Swain, Senior Consultant and Head of Sales, NFU Energy

15.40     Panel discussion

16.00     Networking

17.00     Event close


Booking & Cost:

This event is free for members of Agri-Tech East, and £35 for non-members. Please note the fee is non-refundable for cancellation within 5 working days of the event.

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May 23
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Hethel Innovation
Chapman Way
Hethel, NR14 8FB United Kingdom
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