An army of ag-bots is on the march, set to transform farming, with semi- and fully-automated ag operations already popping up all over the planet. The Australian Centre for Field Robotics at The University of Sydney is at the forefront of the agricultural robotics revolution.
The Solar Powered Pumping Initiative was funded by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH ) and aimed to promote the use of solar power pumping in agriculture across domestic, stock and high volume irrigation applications.
CISCO, NSW Farmers, NSW Department of Primary Industry, CSIRO, and the University of NSW have partnered to establish the Innovation Central laboratory for developing machine to machine digital solutions.
Interested in their options after the solar feed-in tariff ends in December 2016, the Jarretts explored the potential of investing in solar PV battery storage, electrification of its farm vehicles, a new, energy-efficient coolroom and integrated solar pumping options to reduce energy costs and help build a 'sustainable' brand image.
Approximately 40% potential energy savings were discovered from on-site generation using a combination of solar and wind. But how will the business case stack up? Monitoring and understanding energy usage provides the key.