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Reducing costs and energy by replacing inefficient ventilation fans
Summary This project will address the RIRDC 20092014 R&D Plan by assisting farmers to adapt to climate change (including increasing electricity prices) and improve resource use efficiency by reducing farm electricity usage. It will also enhance the industry’s modest carbon footprint by investing in energy use efficiency. Information gathered during this project will support and encourage producers to make informed decisions in relation to the replacement of inefficient ventilation fans.

The project will be conducted in two stages. Stage 1 will involve a detailed desktop assessment to quantify the economic feasibility (energy savings and payback period) of replacing inefficient ventilation fans with high efficiency models based on actual fan activity, shed static pressure and ventilation rate data data collected in previous RIRDC project PRJ000599 ‘Monitoring mechanical ventilation rates in poultry buildings (2008)’. Strategies to replace all fans or some of the most used fans on a shed will be considered.

Stage 2 will be an onfarm trial to demonstrate and confirm the benefits of replacing fans on real broiler sheds. This stage of the project will only proceed if the desktop analysis predicts a tangible economic benefit for producers and if a producer can be found who is willing to upgrade their fans for an onfarm trial. Two strategies will be tested: (1) replacing all fans on the shed; and (2) replacing only the most used fans (e.g. 50% of the fans on the shed).
Program Chicken Meat
Research organisation The State of Queensland acting through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Objective summary The objective of this project is to quantify the energy and cost savings of replacing some or all of the inefficient tunnel ventilation fans on a broiler shed with higher efficiency models.
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Monday, July 01, 2013
Project completion date Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority An environmentally sustainable Australia
Rural priority Soil, water and managing natural resources
RIRDC goal CME-Manage the environment for sustainable development
Principal researcher Grant Brown
Research manager Michael Beer
Admin contact Paul Hickey