First Summer of Green Energy at our Irrigation Pilot

First Summer of Green Energy at our Irrigation Pilot

Our Spanish MHP pilot plant has been running more than 2,442 hours during its first irrigation campaign (May-September), and the data are now being evaluated. 

The total energy demanded by the fertigation plant, filters and solenoid valves has been estimated at 222 kWh and has been supplied entirely by the pilot plant. This consists of a pump running in reverse mode, that is, as a turbine, installed in a bypass system through which a certain flow and pressure is circulated. The generated energy has allowed a diesel generator group to be replaced, producing clean and sustainable energy through innovative micro-hydroelectric technology.

In its first year of operation, the plant has avoided the emission of 100% greenhouse gases that were previously associated with the generator group and has allowed an estimated economic savings of € 2,300.

This example of a pilot plant, located in the Calonge farm in Palma del Río (Córdoba), demonstrates the importance of promoting the use of renewable energy in Andalusian irrigation to meet the increase in energy demand and its high cost for irrigators.

See the first results here.