Ed Davies, who raises 350,000 birds at Cottage Farm in the Powys village of Evenjobb, has recently taken the plunge and installed a system by Dutch manufacturer Installatie Techniek Boxmeer (ITB) in one of his eight sheds.
“I first came across heat exchangers when I was on a 7Y Services study tour to Holland early last year,” he says. “We were actually out there to look at biomass boilers and gasifiers, but it was the heat exchanger that grabbed most attention.”
When he returned home and investigated the options available to him, Mr Davies contacted ITB and two modules from the AIR2 system were installed in a shed housing 52,000 birds as part of a trial for the manufacturer.
Mr Davies was the first farmer in the UK to use the ITB heat exchangers, and after completing four flocks with the system in place he is happy with the amount of energy - and money - being saved.
Looking at results from his most recent crop, the shed with the heat exchangers used 1987 litres of kerosene to heat the building during the first 27 days of the production cycle, while the adjacent shed, with the same number of birds but no heat exchangers, used 4287 litres.