Energy Smart Livestock Farming towards Zero Fossil Fuel Consumption


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 fossilfree- energy farming is possible to be achieved with 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 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.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Stefano Benni

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agro-Alimentari

Agricultural University Of Athens(Greece)

Other Participants:
Golinelli Giulio (Italy)
Crmt Sas (France)
Plegma Labs Technologikes Lyseis Anonymos Etairia (Greece)
Center For Technology Research Andinnovation (Cetri) Ltd (Cyprus)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Mg Sustainable Engineering Ab (Sweden)
European Association For Animal Production (Italy)
G. Ligeros & Sia Oe-Psyctotherm (Greece)
Terra Energy (Belgium)
Centre For Research And Technology Hellas (Greece)
Eigen Vermogen Van Het Instituut Voor Landbouw- En Visserijonderzoek (Belgium)
Aarhus Universitet (Denmark)
Leibniz Institut Fur Agrartechnik Potsdam Bornim E.V. (Atb) (Germany)
Lehr- Und Versuchsanstalt Fuer Tierzucht Und Tierhaltung(Lvat) Ev (Germany)
Universiteit Gent (Belgium)
Eurec Eesv (Belgium)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 4.998.554,95
Project Duration in months: 48
Start Date: 01/10/2020
End Date: 30/09/2024

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Affordable and clean energy This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101000785 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101000785