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Global Re-Fuel develops new poultry biomass furnace

Post a commentBy Aidan Fortune , 02-Aug-2017

The PLF-500 can save businesses up to $15,000 per year
The PLF-500 can save businesses up to $15,000 per year

Energy technology company Global Re-Fuel has developed a new chicken litter-fuelled biomass furnace that is designed to improve poultry health and farmers’ operating margins by more than $15,000 a year per broiler house. 

The Global Re-Fuel PLF-500 warm-air biomass furnace converts raw poultry litter into energy, eliminating the use of propane by providing heat to broiler houses and creating a pathogen-free organic fertiliser.

Improved poultry heath is achieved with reduced propane usage. With each gallon of propane burned, almost a gallon of water is released into the air, creating excess humidity that contributes to an increase in ammonia, a rise in poultry house pathogens and disease transmission. Additionally, this furnace helps eliminate darkling beetles, further improving poultry health and reducing poultry house damage. 

Our tests show that a Global Re-Fuel-heated poultry house generated ammonia levels of 7ppm versus 27ppm in a propane-heated poultry house – a 74% reduction,” said Rocky Irvin, a founding member of Global Re-Fuel and poultry grower.

A study at Auburn University confirmed that dry heat, such as that achieved by PLF-500 warm-air biomass furnace heat, reduces ammonia in the poultry house by an average of 15ppm, which results in an 80% improvement in bird mortality, increased bird weight of 0.136 lb/bird and a 1.2% improvement in feed conversion rate. In addition, the 7.7% reduction in moisture results in a 4.6% improvement in paw (foot pad) quality. When multiplied by the roughly 275,000 birds per year produced in a typical two-barn system, the resultant annual economic benefits that accrue to growers and integrators are significant.

This technology is advantageous all the way around for farmers and integrators,” Irvin said. “It improves bird health while significantly reducing the environmental impact of the poultry farm.”  

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