“Energy Innovations recently completed a biomass project at our poultry farm. The quality of the components used, together with their knowledge and expertise throughout the installation, has been faultless. Continued support from the company during the early operating stages has been much appreciated – a very sound and professional team.”
– feedback from just one of our many poultry installations (Gilles HPKI-R Industrial 360kW & 550kW).
At any one time, Energy Innovations’ installations are heating over 2 million chickens in the UK. Suffice to say, the company is experienced in biomass heating for poultry. We have been pleased to be involved in helping this important sector of agri-business improve both its sustainability and productivity through biomass heating with us.
Biomass heating for broiler houses presents a viable improved alternative to conventional gas heating.
First, the lower fuel costs and incoming RHI payments make a significant difference to the running economy of the business. In addition, biomass heating produces a dry heat, resulting in lower condensation levels in the broiler houses and eliminating the CO2 influx that is inherent in gas heating.
In turn, this results in a far more effective method of poultry heating, simultaneously reducing ventilation requirements and improving air quality in the sheds, creating a calmer, healthier atmosphere for the broilers. We have had reports from our poultry clients of upwards of 20% increase in productivity since the installation of their biomass system.
The most appropriate fuels for heating broiler houses with biomass are wood chip, wood pellet or chicken litter. These each offer different benefits:
Wood pellet heating for poultry is a system of allocating one boiler per shed, each running its own individual system. This capitalises as much as possible on the RHI return available to the business, but attracts higher fuel costs due to the comparatively higher price of wood pellets.
Wood chip systems can operate larger boilers to heat the sheds which rely on a district heating system with a number of sheds being heated from one boiler.
Chicken Litter from one crop can now be cleared directly to a fuel store at the end of the crop, ready to be used as a biomass fuel to heat the next crop. For more details visit our webpage Chicken Litter as Fuel.
We can help you to choose which of these would be most efficient for your set up.