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Energy Globe Award

With more than 170 participating countries and over 1500 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award 2016

Submitted by: Smart Hydro Power
SMART Irrigation Project

Smart Hydro Power GmbH stepped into the agricultural market in Latin America in 2015. The project chosen for this market entry is located in the region of Neiva, where a renewable energy system will partially replace diesel irrigation pumps. Rice farmers in Neiva beside the river Magdalena are not connected to the national grid but are using highly inefficient diesel pumps, spending large portions of their income on energy. The goal of this project was to find a cleaner and more efficient irrigation practice, resulting in financial savings for the farmers and less harm to the environment. In the beginning of last year, a smart hybrid system was installed in this location, consisting of a hydrokinetic turbine, photovoltaic panels and a diesel generator. These three sources complement each other using sophisticated control systems that ensure stable electricity generation. After a month, this installation was modified in a way that currently there are two pumps direct coupled systems: one of the pumps is powered by solar panels and the other one by a river turbine. This system is ideal for these locations, where the availability of water and sun can vary substantially. The smart turbine utilizes kinetic energy from rivers or canals to power electric pumps to lift and transport water. Different from photovoltaic alone systems and generators, this turbine delivers a stable supply without major daily variations. Moreover, this direct coupled installation has shown to deliver better results for irrigation. With a 80 kW diesel pump and the hydrokinetic turbine generating an average of 1.1 kW, 25% of the diesel costs can be saved. For this installation the amortization period is less than 5 years.

Jury-Rating
Rice farmers in Neiva beside the river Magdalena are not connected to the national grid but are using highly inefficient diesel pumps, spending large portions of their income on energy. This year's National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Colombia introduced a cleaner and more efficient irrigation practice, resulting in financial savings for the farmers and less harm to the environment. One of the pumps is powered by solar panels and the other one by a river turbine. This system is ideal for these locations, where the availability of water and sun can vary substantially. Congratulations to your initiative!