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See renewable technology in action at open day.

JRO Griffiths, which supplies potatoes to Walker’s crisps, in collaboration with Calibrate Energy Engineering, is inviting farmers to its farm in Walcot near Telford next month to see renewable technologies in action.

Brothers Robin and Ian Griffiths produce 40,000 tonnes of potatoes annually and have been supplying Walker’s for three decades.  The business recently invested in eco-technology which provides a simultaneous heat and chill system.

During the open day between 10am and 2pm on June 8th, the system with be demonstrated, showing how it warms water for the potato washer, provides warming for the grading shed and washdown and runs the site power management, which the supplier says is providing 650% overall energy efficiency.

Robin said: “What started as a small contract for the family business with my grandfather in the 1980s has grown much bigger over time and we are now a key supplier. These technologies have been an integral part of our business strategy to become more environmentally conscious and contribute to a more sustainable supply chain from field to fork, or in this case, crisp packet.”

Such technology is still a mystery in comparison to more traditional heating, chilling and energy-generating solutions and Jack Smales, Commercial Director of Calibrate, said he hopes the open day will give other growers and suppliers a better idea of how it works and can save them money.

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“If you have seen your electricity bills soar, investing in renewables can save money as well as the planet. We are increasingly seeing a switch to more carbon-friendly solutions, but it is quite a leap of faith to implement,” he said.

The event is free to attend and includes tours and demonstrations as well as refreshments

For more information, email here.

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