The storage area is a separate sealed area. Once filled at the end of a flock of birds, the manure handling is automated to minimise the need for human intervention in the fuel feed process and prevent cross contamination between the energy centre and growing sheds.
Furthermore, the air for the combustion process is ‘pulled’ from the manure storage area. By maintaining the storage area under negative pressure odours and pathogens are completely negated. Typically, the storage area is located within a purpose built energy centre which also houses the BHSL plant and ancillary equipment.
Manure handling must be automated and capable of conveying the fuel which can vary between dry, wet, sticky or caked.
The BHSL Toploader is energy efficient and easily maintained as all the moving parts are above the fuel.
After being loaded into the bio-secure storage area, BHSL 24/7 operators oversee the material handling process and can remotely observe and overcome problems if required.