Chicken Litter Case Study


Case Studies

Chicken Litter

Industry: Poultry/Food

Application: Biomass

Country: UK

Power: 110 kW

Model: HP145

Steam in/out: 14 Bar G / 0 Bar G

A Heliex system combined with speciality litter burning biomass boiler provides a unique and cost effective Combined Heat and Power (CHP) solution for leading UK poultry firm.

The Client 

A biomass developer working for a poultry firm that supplies over 100 m chickens and turkeys annually. This innovative litter burning CHP solution has been installed at initial customer site, orders have been placed for 2 more sites, with a further 3 to follow. 

Poultry farms across the UK must comply with strict regulations about the disposing of chicken litter and typically pay for it to be collected. They also face high energy costs for heating chicken sheds. The end user explored how to reduce costs while enhancing onsite sustainability and environmental conditions for the birds.

The solution 

The end user burns chicken litter on site for use as ‘free’ fuel for a Polytechnik 1500kw litter furnace with 1500kW Steam boiler and Heliex HP 145 GenSet. The residual heat is used to warm 11 poultry sheds and the low cost electricity generated by the HeliexGenSet is for general use on site. There’s now no need for the chicken litter to be collected and the low cost energy is eligible for payments from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and Renewable Obligations Certificates (ROCS).

Fuel cost savings: 2000 tons of carbon dioxide

Payback on Heliex system is under 1 year