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TRACTOR Project Case Study - Dairy Energy Use

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The problem
A local dairy farm was keen to make its operations more environmentally friendly, but needed advice on steps that could be taken.

EiE's solution
EiE's site visit determined that the greatest savings, both financially and environmentally could be made by reducing energy use. EiE's research suggested that significant savings could be made with technological advances including the installation of variable speed pumps and the use of heat recovery.

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Actions to reduce dairy energy consumption

Full advice on dairy energy use can be found on the EU's free Dairy Energy Website . General ideas for energy savings in dairies include:

  1. Variable speed drives for pumps
  2. Heat recovery
  3. Direct expansion tanks
  4. Insulation for storage water heater
  5. Lighting improvements (bulbs and automation)
    Improve ice bank tanks
  6. Plate heat exchanger

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