CNH and Bennaman to help farmers become energy independent

30-03 | |
Photo: Canva
Photo: Canva

CNH Industrial has acquired a minority stake in Bennamann Ltd, a UK based agricultural technology company in the field of clean energy. CNH and Bennamann aim to help farmers maximise the use of on-site renewable energy resources in combination with animal waste, to supply all the energy needed for the farm, enabling farmers to become ‘Energy Independent’ from fossil fuels, thereby reducing operational costs.

Bennamann is actively demonstrating how a new approach to energy independent, sustainable farming can facilitate the adoption across a broad spectrum of agribusinesses.

The approach maximises the use of on-site renewable energy resources in combination with animal waste, to supply all the energy needed for the farm, enabling farmers to become ‘Energy Independent’ from fossil fuels, thereby reducing operational costs.

Additional revenue streams for farmers

It seeks to deliver commercially viable net zero carbon energy products, both biogas and liquid biofuel, from animal waste for sale and distribution, generating additional revenue streams for farmers.

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Bennamann and CNH aim to maximise the use of on-site renewable energy resources in combination with animal waste, such as cow manure, to supply all the energy needed for the farm, taking the site off-grid and reducing operational costs. - Photo: Bennamann

Bennamann and CNH aim to maximise the use of on-site renewable energy resources in combination with animal waste, such as cow manure, to supply all the energy needed for the farm, taking the site off-grid and reducing operational costs. – Photo: Bennamann

According to CNH Industrial, it also improves the sustainability of farmland management practices through minimising artificial inputs such as manufactured fertiliser, lowering operational costs and reducing pollutants.

These scalable solutions are focused on reducing initial capital expenditure, rendering the system more accessible to small and medium sized agribusinesses.

This ‘Energy Independent’ approach is currently being tested across a number of farms in South West England, to demonstrate the viability of the closed loop energy system. Furthermore, CNH Industrial is actively collaborating with Bennamann on alternative fuels for agricultural machinery.

Claver
Hugo Claver Web editor for Future Farming