New energy technologies will be key in strengthening the primary sector – Awdhesh







Puritermia is a new technology that extracts heat from the slurry pits, cools the slurry, reduces CO2 emissions and contributes to improving animal welfare, in addition to energy savings of up to 75%.

Madrid Spain.- The primary sector, motu proprio, constitutes a backbone strategic territorial economic lever, capable of generating wealth, employment and establishing population. However, the sector today, like others, is suffering a strong economic setback as a result of the rise in energy prices derived from the international geopolitical scenario, due to its strong energy and food dependence on the sector. The exorbitant rise in prices, especially of raw materials and energy, call into question the very survival, economic profitability and future of the sector.

The magnitude of the challenge requires the adoption and development of new energy technologies with a circular, sustainable and inclusive approach that allows welfare levels to be maintained without endangering the sustainability of the planet and that strengthen the primary sector. Climate change requires a commitment on the part of administrations, private companies and civil society itself. The development and evolution of the Spanish pig sector is carried out under the standard of the European production model, whose legislation is very demanding in terms of animal welfare, food safety and care for the environment. Sustainability as such is a key axis in European and Spanish policy, which is why the pig sector has been working for years to protect and improve the environment in order to reduce the environmental impact and the excessive consumption of resources (water, energy, soil , nutrients…), as well as generating fewer polluting gas emissions.

It is true that notable progress has been made, but there is still a long way to go. An example of these new energy technologies is PURITERMIA. An energy technology developed by ISBRAN, which consists of installing air conditioning in the farms to reduce energy consumption, taking advantage of the residual heat of the slurry while the slurry is refrigerated, thus incorporating the best available technique for reducing ammonia emissions on the farm.

PURITERMIA is an efficient and sustainable form of heating that allows the reduction of fixed power and reduces energy needs and dependence (consumption and fixed power) by up to 75%. ISBRAN is a Spanish company that for years has detected the need to innovate, research and develop new technologies to strengthen the primary sector, hence its commitment to providing clean, economical and safe energy to improve quality pig production and improve farm profitability. According to Bruno Jiménez, managing director of ISBRAN, Its objective is to “provide a global solution for efficient air conditioning in pig farms, providing savings in energy consumption and comfort for sows and piglets”. In this sense, the administration has approved RD 477/2021, of June 29, which approves aid for the execution of various incentive programs linked to self-consumption and storage, with renewable energy sources, as well as the implementation of renewable thermal systems in the residential sector, within the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.

The Next Generation European Funds represents an economic injection to support companies and boost their strategic value and profitability. It is foreseeable that they will have a great impact in the primary sector because many of them are aimed at energy efficiency. The numbers and the very sustainability of the planet show the need to implement innovative solutions, such as those of the company, with new renewable energy saving and efficiency models that favor the competitiveness of companies. These incentives in the primary sector, according to Bruno Jiménez, “promote investment and modernization of pig farms and favor the development of territories and their social, territorial and economic cohesion, while contributing to increased productivity, improved of competitiveness, increased employment and the export capacity of the economy”.

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