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HybridFarm Report Summary

Project ID: 673453

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - HybridFarm (Eco-innovative housing solution for efficient production of slaughterpigs with limited environmental impact.)

Reporting period: 2016-08-01 to 2017-07-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Production of pig meat has intense environmental burden both in the local neighbor population and in overall air pollution impact. This is our drive to develop novel and disruptive solutions towards a more intelligent, efficient and sustainable pig production. A constant market drive to increase production efficiency shall not be contra dictionary to society demands for an environmentally cleaner and more animal- friendly pig farming industry. Succeeding with an innovative pig production concept which at same time offers bigger production with less input and less pollution is success for the society as well as for the pig production industry.
Main objectives important for the society:
Ammonia is one of the key air polluting elements from pig farming activities and creates a safety hazard for both the workers and the animals. Furthermore, it poses a permanent problem to the surrounding population, fauna and flora. By reducing the environmental impact it is possible to increase the pig production having positive effect on economic growth and job creation. The HybridFarm is focused on new and more energetically efficient housing solutions – actually will employment of the patent pending Hybrid Ventilation concept save not less than 60 pct. of energy and by this reducing the carbon footprint.
Animal welfare has become a topic of public concern and media attention. HybridFarm will demonstrate that improving of animal welfare can go along with streamlining of the production process.
The HybridFarm will contribute to a more sustainable and resource-efficient production of pigs, leaving room for a higher production but with less input and less pollution.
Main objectives of the HybridFarm project:
Objective 1: Build two IntelliFarm barns for demonstration the efficiency of this housing solution.
Objective 2: Optimize the local customization process for the IntelliFarm barn building.
Objective 3: During testing of the two IntelliFarm barns the testing protocols for VERA certification will be undertaken. This certification will allow entering key markets with a competitive edge.
Objective 4: Continuous optimization of the performance of all the technical elements. The optimization of the climate control and the hybrid ventilation systems will be of critical importance for the overall performance of the Intellifarm.
Objective 5: Update the market strategy and business plan. Introduction on key markets (DK, GER, GB, NL, Poland and Sweden) will be focused, as it represents more than 50% of the overall EU pig production market.
Two candidates for the two HybridFarm barns met the required conditions: The spirit to believe in the completely new barn concept with the innovative and different technologies - Their bankers were convinced to grant the necessary credits - The sites could be granted all the necessary authority permits, environmental permit, construction permit and so on. The candidates were Knud Kjær Knudsen, DK and Peder Rasmussen, DK. Today the two barns are fully constructed and fully equipped with the new IntelliFarm technologies and the two barns are today successfully producing (20.000 slaughter pig per year) each. The showcasing was started 6 months ago and is developing positively. The testing procedure was started in October 2017 and the testing will continue until October 2018.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Activities in the WPs since project start (1st August 2015):
WP1 - Project management
WP2- Concept customization
Full design with technical calculations. This includes the ongoing optimization of the planned construction process compared to original ideas.
Full license package comprising environmental permit, building permit, fire approval, sewer approval and various dispensations due to the very large size of the barn. Communication with municipalities to achieve understanding of the use of special permits from governmental environmental authority relating to IntelliFarm technologies in relation to the use of known standard solutions.
WP3 – Intellifarm construction.
Construction of the 2 barns started in September 2016 and terminated in June 2017. The construction period required much time for the actual construction process and installation of technical equipment. However, the period before construction starts is also a labor-intensive period. It is also important to anticipate potential conflicts in the location of various equipment, particularly in the case of high-technology systems like IntelliFarm. Work plans for workers and fitters are essential. The most important processes and solutions that have been worked on include 9 new products, technologies and construction methods.
WP4 – Technology optimization.
We have worked extensively with optimization of IntelliFarm technologies. Although these technologies are considered as the ultimate in the market, will improvement and optimization be an ongoing proces. We have so far focused on the main technologies, which are Hybrid ventilation, Agri Airclean and SmartFarm. The most important optimizations done, are: 1. Control of CO2 concentration in the animal occupied zone,2. Optimization of the operation of the Agri Air cleaner, 3. General improvement of the SmartFarm control system.
4. Upsizing and improvement of the graphic display on the control units of SmartFarm inviting the end-user to do more monitoring of the indoor climate while staying in the barn.
WP5 – VERA certification
Preparation and facilitating the test. Communication with authorities about the final certification.
WP6 – Exploitation, Dissemination and Communication.
In the past period we had a lot of activities dissemination activities also outside Denmark. We made a lot of research in many countries by reading, speaking with contacts, participating in fairs, conferences, and promotion trip. We have most places seen great interest for our IntelliFarm concept. We attended 6 fairs in Sweden, Spain, France, Germany, Denmark and China. We participated at conferences in Denmark and England and had meetings with many stakeholders in Denmark and abroad -just to mention 2 Iranian stakeholders. We did a lot of showcasing at the 2 IntelliFarm barns. A surprisingly large number of Danish stakeholders visited us here, but also stakeholders from Sweden, Germany, Poland, England and China visited the showcasing barns.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The testing of the barns, have just been initiated and no results from this testing has been published by the certified company. However, the first results from the production of the pigs are now available. The behavior of the pigs prove a very good animal welfare and the high daily gain of the pigs prove the same. This is of course not only to the benefit of the pigs but certainly also of the farmer.
We have already been optimizing on technology options in a test barn. The results are very promising and exceeding expectations. This applies to both barn technologies such as Hybrid Ventilation and the air cleaning technology Agri Airclean. However, we can mention that preliminary but reliable tests show, that Agri Airclean with the latest improvements, on a test site, shows a cleaning efficiency of 98 per cent for ammonia and 80 percent for odor emissions. This will definitely be the state of the art - and there is no knowledge of other air cleaners that, achieve this high efficiency.

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