New store control module helps optimise green energy use

Potato store managers can now optimise renewable energy use with a new digital control module from Norfolk-based storage specialist Crop Systems.

Its popular SmartStor control system helps growers to remotely monitor and manage all aspects of multiple potato stores at the same time, helping to avoid problems that could result in significant crop losses.

With energy prices rocketing and many farms now having a renewable source such as solar or wind, the company recognised a need to use this cheap resource more effectively to cut storage costs.

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Its solution is the SmartSola module, which is a standalone software programme that complements its existing SmartStor control system.

SmartSola monitors the power needed to run a store and, if there is power available from a renewable source, it channels it to where it is needed, rather than exporting it to the grid.

Crop Systems director Ray Andrews says a SmartSola system over four stores will cost £950/store and, at current tariffs, could save as much as 50% on energy costs.

The system is eligible for Defra’s new Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) grant scheme, so buyers can get a significant contribution to the initial outlay.

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