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Investigating off-grid systems for a mobile automated milking facility

El Zein, Musadag and Gebresenbet, Girma (2021). Investigating off-grid systems for a mobile automated milking facility. Heliyon. 7 :4 , e06630
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This study examined the potential of renewable energy sources to provide the necessary power for a mobile offgrid automated milking system (AMS) and associated facilities on pasture. This involved choosing the most costeffective, environmentally friendly, and sustainable power supply for a mobile AMS in Sweden operating May-September and milking 20 cows per day. Weather data, input from the milking system manufacturer (DeLaval), and outputs from two mathematical models, Insight Maker and HOMER, were used to investigate the potential of different renewable energy sources (biodiesel-, ethanol-, or biogas-run generators, solar photovoltaic (PV) panels + batteries) to support the mobile system. Solar-based energy best fulfilled the key requirements of being environmentally friendly, cost-effective, and sustainable. It also gave the lowest net present cost (11,804 USD), levelized cost of energy (0.31 USD), and annual operating costs (178.26 USD) of all renewable energy options considered. Thus use of solar PV panels + batteries is recommended for the mobile AMS facility. Ways of addressing possible challenges that could arise during implementation, uncertainties in input parameters, and limitations in scaling-up and replicating the proposed set-up are discussed.

Authors/Creators:El Zein, Musadag and Gebresenbet, Girma
Title:Investigating off-grid systems for a mobile automated milking facility
Series Name/Journal:Heliyon
Year of publishing :2021
Article number:e06630
Number of Pages:10
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
Keywords:Off-grid systems, Renewable energy, Automated milking system, Insight maker, HOMER
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Web of Science (WoS)000649725200022
ID Code:28459
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Energy and Technology
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Deposited On:17 Aug 2022 14:19
Metadata Last Modified:09 Sep 2022 22:06

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