Kuittila Farm, Nurmes, Finland
A Volter CHP unit was installed to Kuittila Farm in 2012 and the farm has been energy self-sufficient since then. Kuittila Farm is located in the city of Nurmes, in North Karelia, Finland. The dairy farm has two milking robots, the total head count for the livestock is 320 and they have 150 hectares of arable land. In addition to milk production, there is also a metal workshop in the farm.
Achieving energy independency and significant savings with Volter CHP
The energy consumption for the three barns, workshop, grain dryer, other buildings and woodchip dryer is massive 450 000 Kwh of electricity and 700 000 Kwh of heating yearly basis, which led the farm owners to consider producing their own energy. Energy self-sufficiency brings significant savings to the farm in the long term. Together with the solar panels, the Volter CHP produces almost all of the energy the farm needs. The heat from the CHP is used for heating the buildings and water and for drying the woodchip. They achieved a lot more working comfort because their barns and now also the storages are warmed up and with their own energy. The CHP consumes 1000m3 woodchip as a fuel per year and they are produced from their own wood.
A forerunner of own, renewable energy production
The North Karelian county is running bioenergy as one of their most important future areas of industry and employer. The Kuittila Farm’s energy production solution raises interest amongst other farmers and business and property owners, educational institutions and different state governments. The farm owners are providing guided visitation tours for visitors all over the world to explore Volter’s CHP. Even though the CHP requires a bit more work than the old system, the owner feels that energy produced with woodchip is more reasonable than with fossil fuels or purchasing energy. In 2015 the farm owners were rewarded by Finnish Environment Institute for their exemplary renewable production.