John O’Connor

John currently works with NSW DPI as an Energy Research Officer, running the training and education part of the Energy Efficient Solutions project.  He has been involved in agriculture for all his life, after being a “family farm slave”, teacher and African tourist! For the past 30 years, John has worked with the NSW Government’s agriculture services across pastures, livestock and research areas. He and his wife, Jo, have 5 daughters and run a 350 acre farm near Bega, which they have been making more energy efficient.  

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Diesel saving tips for pumps

Water pumps are one of the big users of diesel in agriculture, along with tractors and field machinery. During NSW DPI’s first round of Farm …
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Stand-alone solar for pumping low water volumes

Solar power supply options
Solar pumping systems are well suited to pumping smaller water volumes such as for stock and domestic usage or small-scale irrigation. Free …
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On-farm energy feasibility studies and pilot projects (NSW DPI)

NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) have completed a range of projects to assess the feasibility of technologies and business models that address the …
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Exploring Beyond Diesel No. 4 – Webinar Recording

Agricultural production relies on a variety of energy sources including diesel, electricity and gas, with the dominant energy source being diesel. Diesel usage generates many …
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Improving energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions – Webinar recording

With increasing electricity prices and a transition to decarbonise our businesses, innovation will be crucial to the wine industry in overcoming challenges and capitalising on …
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