Heat pumps and thermal batteries are increasingly considered important options for a range of primary producers that need heat for processing and cleaning and enjoy vast renewable resources but require reliability and heat and power on tap.
Heat pumps can significantly reduce power consumption by efficiently supplying heating and cooling for a range of farming applications, including:
heating of water for wash down and equipment cleaning
heating of animal rearing and accommodation
air-heating for drying produce
chilling milk and other products
Thermal batteries for storing heat or energy as heat gives farm managers the flexibility to match supply to periods of demand, as well as greater reliability.