Agriculture and onsite power: A worthwhile investment

In Australia, agriculture stands as one of the key pillars of the economy; a major contributor that's essential for the country's prosperity.

It's also growing. According to The Conversation, while the mining sector in Australia may be tracking down, food is on the up. The Department of Agriculture, in Australian food statistics 2012-13, noted that significant food exports head overseas to countries including Japan and China. In 2012-13, Japan accounted for AU$4.4 billion in exports, while China accounted for $3.1 billion. China's import of Australian goods alone has tripled in the past 10 years.

With agriculture playing such an important role in Australia, businesses need to start thinking about risk management using appropriate solutions.

Agricultural risks

Think about what happens when grid power goes down. For nearly every business, operations will quickly grind to a halt. A lack of power means equipment won't start, making it impossible to charge tools. Any workers in an office also won't be able to access computers.

Now, consider the effects for different agriculture businesses.

For dairy, milking equipment wouldn't be able to run. When cows have already been brought in off the fields, this represents a significant productivity issue. Any lighting would also cut out.

For a business with orchards, power tools couldn't be charged to carry out any harvesting work, and equipment used to process fruit and vegetables would also fail to run.

There's also another issue that commonly plagues dairy and agriculture sites, and that's a lack of access to three-phase power. The solution here is usually a heavy reliance on Diesel generators, which require strict maintenance programs and high operating costs. There are also the obvious diesel exhaust implications.

Considering power security

An appropriate solution lies in the form of a generator that's able to supply power when the grid goes down. Specifically, this means a Capstone Microturbine that's able to slot into any location on the site of the business and run reliably in the background until it's needed.

What's more, such units can also be used on days when they're not actually needed as a way of reducing the power bill by generating clean energy.

Growth that isn't likely to slow

The World Bank noted that agriculture will become increasingly critical, as the sector will need to provide nutritious food for around 9 billion people by 2050. The organisation found that increasing productivity will be one of the primary concerns, something that's directly impacted if the sector cannot reliably produce food.

Onsite power will quickly become a must-have for businesses within agriculture to ensure that whenever grid power goes out, there's a reliable alternative system in place.

To learn more about capable onsite power solutions that can effectively reduce the risk of business grinding to a halt, whether it's during a harvest or another event entirely, reach out to Optimal Group today.