The BHSL system of manure to energy and its ability to optimise conditions for poultry growing are the foundations for a performance management portal that is designed to aid grower decision making and improve their bottom line.
Performance management starts before BHSL get to site. A baseline energy demand model is built using information on poultry production, farm structures and historical heating fuel use. This is used to estimate heat demand and manure availability and to size the correct storage area / fuel handling system to the correct sized plant design.
After commissioning, operational reports provide information on the activities within the energy centre such as manure deliveries, heat and electricity output, use of backup heating systems and service availability. These are used to compare actual operation to the baseline model.
A ventilation calculator can be used in real time to measure how effective heat application on the farm is. The calculator uses actual climate and temperature data to determine the optimum ventilation rates and test these against what the site is actually doing. A grower can use this tool to help configure and review the effectiveness of their ventilation controls.
Flock reports allow the grower to assess if they are optimising heat use over time, and make gradual adjustments to ventilation control strategies to optimise the house environment.