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Energy Globe Award

With more than 182 participating countries and over 2000 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 Costa Rica 2018

Submitted by: Costa Rica Institute of Technology (ITCR)
Thermal Solar Systems for Farming Operations

In order to promote alternative energies, the research group on Solar Systems for Farming Operations of the Costa Rica Institute of Technology installed and evaluated a thermosifonic system to heat water. The team discovered that the dairy farmers heated their water with wood combustion process. Therefore, the research group proposed the development of renewable energy systems to replace wood fuel and kerosene combustion processes for milk pasteurization.

Initial situation
The research group on Solar Systems for Farming Operations through a first visit to a local dairy farming community, observed that the dairy processing plants heated the required water for the operations of cleaning and disinfection by applying a wood combustion process and electric heaters with heat exchangers, kerosene or even gas resulting in at least 4.5 tons of CO2 emissions being emitted annually.

The solution to the fuel challenges faced by the farmer is in the form of two unique solar systems computerized infrastructure that are designed and built to support dairy farmers in the region of Juanilama. Through this project, a solar powered hybrid forced system with LP gas has been installed at the dairy processing plants for water heating up to 70°C for cleaning the dairy equipment and milk pasteurization.

This project has enabled the dairy farmers from the selected communities to increase their milk production capacity making their products more competitive by raising the profit margin, reducing the risks in the work area and opening options to enter in new markets. The main beneficiaries of this initiative are agricultural producers and employees with low educational background as well as poor or no income.

Capital: San José
Official language: Spanish
Total area: 51.100 km²
Population: 4.301.712
GDP/Capita/Year: $7.843
Source: Wikipedia 2012