Project closed on 31/12/2023
The 4-year-long journey of the ICaRE4Farms project about the use of solar thermal energy in agriculture ended in December 2023, and the consortium partners remain committed to further encourage the adoption of this effective and sustainable technology for a greener future. To learn more about solar thermal energy and the project results:
Renewable energy still only represents 17% of the EU’s energy consumption, ICaRE4Farms aimed to boost the use of solar thermal energy (STE) in farming in North West Europe to heat water (which represents 40% of energy consumed).
ICaRE4Farms tested next generation STE systems, a patented, reliable and affordable technology. Through this partnership, ICaRE4Farms has set up ETF (EcoThermo Fengtech), in 4 agricultural sectors that require hot water to feed livestock (calves) and heat farm buildings (poultry, pigs) and anaerobic digestion units.
The project focused on:
Installation and monitoring of 4 pilot sites, two in France, one in Belgium and one in The Netherlands. Promotion of the benefits of solar thermal energy via: the creation of an ICaRE4Farms community of stakeholders, setting up information campaigns including videos and webinars and spreading information at conferences and political events. Organising visits to the pilot sites and other solar thermal energy installations, training actions to use and maintain the STE systems. Production of reports and academic articles on data collected on the pilot sites, a market study on STE systems. Developing feasibility models and monitoring and analysis systems. In the 5 years following the end of the project, these results will inspire the setting up of 321 STE systems in NEW (27kt of CO2 saved). After 10 years there will be 921 systems (92kt CO2 saved).
See more detailed information on the pilot site in Sarthe, France here.
Take a virtual visit of all 4 pilots sites here.
Watch a video which explains how the solar thermal energy system works here.