Poultry farms in the UK and Ireland can now generate a low cost supply of heat and electricity using their chicken litter.
Integrating a Heliex GenSet with a specially designed biomass boiler creates a unique Combined Heat & Power (CHP) solution that uses chicken litter as fuel.
What are the benefits?
- No more reliance on expensive fossil fuels
- Heat and electricity can be used on site or sold back to the grid
- System is eligible for government incentives
- No need to pay for collection and disposal of chicken litter
Fuel will become much cheaper so you can run the boiler for for longer, resulting in increased environmental conditions for the birds.
What is Poultry Litter?
Bulk poultry litter is a mixture of manure, bedding material and water. The proportion of each will vary depending on the sheds on site.
Why use chicken litter as fuel?
Concerns around chicken litter such as risks to health and dust, smell, and water pollution, mean that it can be tricky to dispose of, especially in large quantities.
Many poultry farms pay to have their chicken litter taken away and disposed of according to UK regulations.
Now the litter can be disposed of on site and then used as a ‘free’ source of fuel. The user gets all the benefits of a biomass CHP system, without having to pay for biomass fuel.
The ash produced by the biomass boiler can then be spread on the land as it’ll be rich in nutrients, without the ammonia and nitrogen of poultry litter.
Chicken litter burning technologies have been available on the continent for a few years. Until now a technology that satisfies local regulations wasn’t available in the UK.
Currently there are several options available, all of which are compatible with a Heliex system.
A leading poultry firm has installed this biomass CHP solution at one of its largest UK poultry farms. Huge savings have been made by switching the old oil boilers to biomass and using chicken litter as fuel. The system is also eligible for payments through the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI.)
The firm has placed orders for two more systems at different UK sites, with a further two to follow.