After many months of experimentation, toil and prototyping, Degree C’s Darren Cooper officially launched the Micro Hydro concept at a recent field day hosted by Dairy Tasmania.
The event was held at Ashgrove Cheese Farms, home to the first fully functioning low-head, irrigation dam micro hydro installation in Tasmania, drawing a crowd of up to 150 potential buyers.
Degree C General Manager, Chris Whish-Wilson was there...
“The turn out was completely unprecedented,” said Chris. “It shows just how much community interest there is in renewable energy.”
“The audience was comprised mostly of people from the agricultural community which is always looking for smarter, more sustainable ways to do business. And clearly they’re interested in what Darren had to say... they were hanging on his every word.”
Owner of Ashgrove Cheese Farm, Paul Bennett, described Degree C as an innovative, trustworthy, reliable and professional company.
“This is a direct reflection the people involved in this project to date, and of those who have done work at Ashgrove in the past,” added Chris.
“I am very proud of them all. This sort of feedback is priceless.”
For the innovator, Darren Cooper, the Field Day represented the culmination of many sleepless nights and hours spent toiling in muddy paddocks.
“This has been a great experience for me personally and for Degree C,” said Darren.
“I believe that we now have a product with widespread appeal, especially in the agricultural sector. I have no doubt that it will lead to much bigger and better things.”
“I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to Dr Rachel Brown, Senior Consultant on the Dairying for Tomorrow project for her fantastic contribution. And to Dairy Tasmania for their interest and support, and to Paul Bennett for letting me loose on his farm!”