– by ILVO
The first Belgian workshop of RES4LIVE focused on appropriate renewable energy sources (RES) technology selection in relation to livestock farming has taken place. The workshop was delivered to livestock farmers in two info session moments organized in collaboration with INTERWAAS. The sessions took place on 25th January and 1st February 2023 in the city hall of Beveren and Sint-Niklaas, respectively. During the workshop, the RES4LIVE project was introduced to the local livestock farmers in Belgium. This included a presentation of the various RES technologies implemented in the project, with a special focus on the integration of photovoltaic thermal panels and the modular heat pump – the installations set up on the Belgian pilot farm. Individual and group discussions were held among the participants on the challenges and opportunities of selecting appropriate RES technologies concerning livestock farming. The interactive digital tool for information RES technology selection, which was developed by EV ILVO and UGent, was highlighted for participants’ attention for testing and feedback. With this tool, the participants had a chance to select various RES technology combinations appropriate for their farm. The tool then interactively provided them an insight into the investment cost and the environmental impact of the selected RES technology or technologies. Moreover, during the workshops, a running online survey for studying the energy consumption pattern and RES penetration at different livestock farms was promoted. The participants will possibly be involved in the diverse future workshops to be organized by EV ILVO and UGent as part of the RES4LIVE project.
The agenda is available here.