watt_2.0 joint stand at one of the biggest agricultural trade fairs in the north: GP JOULE presents new approaches for the varied use of renewable energies in farming
24 August 2016 - From 1 to 4 September, GP JOULE presents innovative solutions for the use of renewable energies in agriculture at Norla in Rendsburg. At the joint stand organised by the association watt _2.0, the North Frisian company displays its wide-ranging products and services for the production, distribution and intelligent use of renewable energies for power, heat and mobility.
As GP JOULE founder and managing director Ove Petersen emphasises: “In future, agriculture won’t be able to do without the intelligent use of renewable energy sources. As active farmers we must focus on the responsible handling of natural resources, which is why GP JOULE is particularly motivated to develop new approaches for harnessing renewable energies across the different sectors of power, heat and mobility. There is significant efficiency potential to be tapped into here as far as agriculture is concerned - ranging from proprietary energy production to its distribution and use.”
At the Norla trade fair, GP JOULE is involved in demonstrating the concrete benefits of using photovoltaics in agriculture. The company serves farmers as an expert partner in the planning, construction and operation of renewable energy projects from a single source – including wind parks, biogas systems and photovoltaic plants in open spaces or on rooftops. Rooftop projects are of particular interest to farmers: with PV modules installed on top of buildings, the power generated can be used directly on site. In this way, farms can significantly reduce their power costs and be less bound to increasing electricity rates – a power rate cap on the roof. The power not used by the farm itself is remunerated based on the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), thereby providing calculable revenue. GP JOULE also presents its plug & play solar module miniJOULE for initial domestic implementation of the energy turnaround. This low-cost modular solar power system is excellently suited to home use since the green power generated directly from sunlight can be fed straight into the circuit via a socket for immediate use. Using the miniature solar system miniJOULE it is easily possible to cover approx. 10 per cent of individual annual power consumption.
In addition to demonstrating a range of products for in-house power generation at Norla, GP JOULE also presents its solution concepts for the effective and attractive distribution and use of renewable heat. Many biogas systems do not yet include an efficient and profitable method for harnessing waste heat. The North Frisian company plans the installation/development of heat grids for local municipalities, companies and farms as well as organising the operation of these systems. In this way it is very simple and inexpensive to start using renewable energy in the heat sector, also allowing the intelligent harnessing of waste heat from biogas thermal power stations. As a result, municipalities, companies and households can become less dependent on fossil fuels. What is more, operators of biogas plants benefit from a new source of revenue.
The efficient harnessing of heat is also a feature of CULTIVECO, a patented concept for the agriculture and horticulture sector. Here, photovoltaic and biogas systems are intelligently linked to greenhouse operation. PV modules are installed on specially designed greenhouses, though without causing adverse shading effects that might otherwise impact negatively on the plants. The power from the PV modules provides some of the energy required by the biogas system. Surplus power can be fed into the grid and is remunerated according to the Renewable Energies Act (EEG). The temperature required in the greenhouse is maintained by the waste heat from the biogas system rather than using fossil fuels. This opens up a range of attractive possibilities for operators of biogas plants. Firstly, CULTIVECO gives them an effective concept with which to harness waste heat that entitles them them to receive the so-called cogeneration bonus. Secondly, the PV system generates climate-friendly electricity that is considerably less expensive than it would be from the external grid – and therefore ideal for direct use.
GP JOULE also presents its new business area CONNECT at Norla, a system for the smart use of renewable energies in various different ways. CONNECT draws on the benefits of consistently linking the power and mobility sectors. Agricultural enterprises are offered an attractive power rate for 100 % renewable electricity which can be used to supply plants operating under the Renewable Energies Act (EEG), for example. The idea is also to make the most of EEG 2017 and supply regionally produced electricity from EEG plants to customers. Another aspect of CONNECT is that it can be used to power a company’s fleet of electric vehicles. GP JOULE provides the necessary charging infrastructure, thereby solving the classic “chicken-and-egg” problem of electric cars and charging stations. GP JOULE is already using CONNECT to run its own fleet. CONNECT also includes the new GP JOULE e-bikes presented at Norla. These will mean that pedalling against the wind in the north of Germany will be a thing of the past. On the contrary: the power of the wind and the sun can be used to cover distances of up to 100 kilometres on a fully charged battery - a cycling experience that is not just energy-efficient but also great fun.
GP JOULE at Norla 2016: Hall 5, Stand 526
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The company GP JOULE:
GP JOULE is a universal, innovative and authentic partner for all areas of renewable energies. Under the motto "TRUST YOUR ENERGY", the company has developed, planned and realised projects for the future-oriented use of sun, wind, biomass and energy storage since 2009. Based on a sense of respect and responsibility for mankind and the environment, GP JOULE develops intelligent energy concepts and integrated solutions, thereby ensuring that the power turnaround becomes a genuine energy turnaround. The guiding principles of company founders and agricultural engineers Ove Petersen and Heinrich Gärtner include authenticity, trust, fair play, innovation and quality as well as the aim to contribute to 100% of energy consumption being drawn from renewable sources in the future. GP JOULE is thus able to offer investors a highly promising and profitable investment option. GP JOULE operates four sites in northern and southern Germany as well as two international sites in the USA and Canada.
The initiative Watt_2.0:
watt_2.0 was founded as an association in Husum in March 2011 on the initiative of three entrepreneurs from North Frisia, and it now operates as an association for renewable energies throughout the whole of Schleswig-Holstein: its head office is in Enge-Sande and it has more than 70 members in Germany as a whole. watt_2.0 e.V. is a project partner to the power grid agency Erneuerbare Energien (EE.SH) and the competence centre Erneuerbare Energie und Klimaschutz Schleswig-Holstein (EEK.SH). The common goal of the two organisations is to strengthen the renewable energies sector and implement the energy turnaround in Schleswig-Holstein.