Our eco-friendly biomass heating technology provides room for sustainable agricultural practices and optimised production processes.
We can specify, supply, install and maintain bespoke biomass heating solution for multiple agricultural and agri-processing applications. Typical agricultural heating solutions include, but are not limited to, Poultry houses, Dairies, Greenhouses, Drying processes and more.
Poultry Farm Case Study
Heating plays a crucial role in the chicken industry, and is recognised as one of the key performance factors influencing production data like feed conversion – and mortality rates. Heating also constitutes a big portion of production input costs in chicken farming. Heat is usually derived from fossil fuels like coal or gas, combusted in burners, to provide the required heat energy to heat broiler houses and hatcheries.
Biomass in the form of wood chips or wood pellets could act as economical and environmentally sustainable alternative to these traditional fossil fuel.
Please see below poultry farm case study, highlighting the economic and environmental saving achieved in changing a client’s broiler heat load from coal to biomass.
The brief was to change the current broiler heat load from coal to biomass with economically viable and environmentally sustainable fuel and technology. After the initial feasibility based on existing historic data proved favourable a full proposal was presented.
- Nominal power – 350kW
- Dimensions – 2100 x 2526 x 1176 LxHxW
- Flue Diameter – 250mm
- Air Distribution – 4 x Ø250
- Weight – 2100kg
- Electrical Connection – 400, 50-60
- Flue Gas Temperature – 160°C
- 1 x Pelletech Aero 350 industrial hot air generator replacing a 300-kW coal burner
- Supplying hot air to 1470 square meter house
- Burns G50 specification wood chips
- Turnkey supply of 350 kW Burner with a 10 cubic meter hopper fitted with a fuel infeed system, remote monitoring and hot air distribution ducting
PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS AND RESULTS
|Overall OPEX savings||In a straight-line cost comparison – biomass offered a 42% saving compared to the client’s current coal usage and associated operational and maintenance costs.|
|Substantial emission reduction||A switch to biomass had a substantial emission reduction in harmful gasses like SO2 and NOx. It also had lower particulate matter emissions than coal with almost no visible smoke (CO) from the burner stack.|
|Better heating performance related to an increase in production||Better temperature modulation by the biomass burner related to a better Feed Conversion Rate, lower mortalities and ultimately more broiler weight. In other words, more kilograms of chicken were produced, with less mortalities and input cost, due to better temperature regulation.|
|Toxic ash reduction||The average ash content of wood chips is 1.6% versus the 18 to 24% of lignite coal. Furthermore, coal ash contains high levels of sulphur and heavy metals, and is regarded as toxic, requiring certified disposal. Whereas wood ash is environment friendly, and a sough after soil ameliorant used in agriculture.|
|Electricity saving||In this project considerable electricity saving were achieved due to the operational changes directly related to the fuel substitution.|
|Near Zero Carbon Tax||In this project a 98% reduction in carbon tax were achieved.|
|Competitive edge||Savings in heating and associated costs and the resulting increase in production could contribute to a competitive business edge.|
A typical biomass solution for projects of this nature includes a central heating system consisting out of the following sub-systems: