Heartland Farm Energy Produce Healthier Food with Less Energy
A contract broiler grower installed waste heat recovery units in two of their four barns. 12 propane gas meters were installed in all four barns and daily propane consumption was recorded. Over two years of operation propane saving in the range of 45-50% were achieved based on weather and other operating conditions.
An independent turkey grower in Cooper County, Missouri installed both the WHR system and a hybrid heat pump (HHP) system. WHR system has been operational for two full flocks through mid March, 2015.
On average during the operating period, each unit’s contribution to barn energy saving is about 16.5 KW/unit, which is equivalent to propane saving of 85 gal/day, which is over 2,400 gallon during the flock of 4 weeks.
Based on the farmer’s operating experience, there are significant benefits from the WHR system for turkey farmers, in addition to propane savings. These are:
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