Energy Savers
Wide Bay Burnett

Childers Sugar Cane

Proposed
15
Proposed Energy Savings
Industry
Cane
Location
Wide Bay Burnett
Irrigation
Travelling Gun
Pumps
Centrifugal
Technology
Pump upgrade, Variable Speed Control

SUMMARY

The irrigation energy audit recommended replacing three old pump motors and adding Variable Speed Drives to two pumps, with an annual energy saving of 15% and payback of 3.2 years, as well as carbon emission reductions of 32.8 t CO2-e per annum.

Farm profile

The farm, located in the Childers area, cultivates sugar cane and uses broadacre irrigation. The site is divided into a number of zones, each with its own irrigation system which consists of soft hose, high-pressure travellers connected to a dedicated pump. Water is delivered to the farm by a water distribution system. The operation of the irrigation systems varies according to the season, the weather conditions and the age of the plants in the different zones. As the systems deliver a constant flow of water, the volume of water delivered is modified by changing the irrigation time.

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Farmer feedback
Recent feedback from the farm owner indicates willingness to progress with implementation of the audit recommendations. Completion is forecast by August 2016.