Energy Farmer

Energy Farmer

ANAEROBIC DIGESTION PLANT
Any waste from food production is used to generate gas, fertiliser and heat that keeps farm buildings warm.
CAR POOL
'Swipe and go' mobility-on-demand services for the local rural community. The electric vehicles also double as back-up power storage and load smoothing for the smart grid.
RENEWABLE ENERGY
Rather than just one technology, this farmer utilises all the renewable options available. He reduces bills and creates a secondary income by providing heat and energy for the community via a local smart grid.
ENERGY FARMER
This farmer is the hub of the local community - providing food, energy and transport solutions.

It’s becoming common for farmers to invest in one type of renewable technology, but by 2030 we may see Energy Farmers who specialise in renewable energy production and management for the local area. The farm might be part of a smart grid or a hub provider of mobility-on-demand services for the local rural community – swipe and go electric vehicles for example that can be used in the same way as city bike share schemes. This could be a rural version of MIT electric Citycars which could also double as back-up power storage and load smoothing for the smart grid.

Skills required:

  • electronic smart grid management (via ICT)
  • basic car maintenance (and tracking, probably via mesh networks)
  • maintenance skills for wind & solar installations (mostly electrician skills – infrequently used)