Dorset welcomes underfloor-heated tech centre
A new centre housing an agriculture technology project boasting green-minded solutions like underfloor heating and solar rooftop panels has now opened at the Wool Enterprise Zone Park in Dorset.
The agri-tech scheme has been funded by a grant from Low Carbon Dorset, an organisation run by the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Dorset Council to help enterprises around the county to use renewable energy and become more energy efficient. It has also received investment from the air conditioning system company draperVENT and the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Around £176,000 of the new project’s budget has helped install the energy-saving underfloor heating system, solar panels, a dedicated ground source heat pump and LED lighting within the innovation centre. An installation of charging points for electric vehicles (EVs) has also been included.
The facility, which encompasses 1,720 square metres of space, will now host in-depth research into innovations that can advance automated systems for livestock farming to achieve greater levels of sustainability and animal welfare.
Deputy Chair for Dorset LEP, Sara Uzzell, commented on the new centre:
“The facilities at the Agri-tech Innovation Centre will place draperVENT at the forefront of ventilation innovation. Dorset’s agri-tech sector is worth over £108 million and has been identified as a high growth sector.”
By the year 2025, the joint investment from both draperVENT and Dorset LEP is expected to protect 18 existing jobs while creating 20 new ones. The centre will also feature its own apprenticeship programme designed to encourage younger people to enter the sector of agri-tech in the UK.