Using the sun's heat to cool French wine
Producing Saint-Emilion and solar power
Already very involved in renewable energies since 2009 with the construction of a first solarized shed, Château Pouille wished to renew its commitment in the use of solar energy during the construction of a new building on the estate.
The main power consumption of a wine estate is from September to January. However, with expanding business the needs also grow. Thermo-regulated vats, cooling of reception rooms for wine tourists and regulating the cellars balance out the consumption throughout the year.
The challenge of the Château Poupille installation is to ensure that the wine production curve is in line with the energy consumption curve.
- Philippe Carrille and his team produce not only high-quality wine, but also their own green energy.
- With this installation they have made a secured investment. The high-quality glass-glass panels with their 30-year product and performance guarantee secure the vineyard's energy supply for years to come.
- The panels and battery also give the team of Château Poupille piece of mind. They are secured against blackouts and the system runs safely.
New technologies for a traditional craftsmenship
To make sure the wine is stored at the perfect temperature, the PV panels and the battery are completed with the Solarwatt energy management. The team can check the current power generation, consumption and battery status at any time. Connected to the entire system, the manager can charge the battery with surplus solar power to be used at consumption peeks or at night. With individually set thresholds the manager switches the cooling system on or off. The 120 panels are installed on the farm building containing the winery, bottle storage and vats. This makes the use of solar power is easy and efficient.