Gele Chicken Farm

This SolarWall system was installed in 2001, and was projected
to have annual savings of $8,000/year. This means
that since that system has been in operation for over 10+
years, Gele Chicken Farm has saved over $100,000 with
their SolarWall system.
It also means that for every 10 years of operation, the
SolarWall system is eliminating approximately 300 tons of
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
“I’m amazed to see the heat drawn in from the cladding
when the system is turned on. The heat goes where it
should – into the drying process.”
-Mario Gelé, Elevage et grains Gelé
Performance
Surface Area: 1,700ft2
(158m2
)
Energy Savings: 534 GJ /year
CO2 Reduction: 29.5 tons/year

Background

At the Gelé Chicken Farm located near Sherbrooke, Quebec, chicken manure is dried and used as fertilizer. The owners were looking to improve their current drying process with an energy and cost efficient alternative to fossil fuels. In any drying operation, the cost of heating the air is always a significant amount of money, and given the cold winter climate that is typical in Quebec, it represented a large opportunity to reduce costs.

Solution

A black SolarWall® system was installed by the owner at a 75-degree angle to maximize energy gain. The system dries 3300 kg of manure a day, from an initial moisture content of 75% to a final moisture content of 25%. The SolarWall® system is connected to a variable speed fan to fully utilize available solar energy. The manure is exposed to the solar heated air while passing over conveyor belts. At the end of the drying chamber, it is ready for packaging and distribution.

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