Over 10 years BHSL have developed and patented Fluidised Bed Combustion (FBC) Technology to reliably convert poultry manure into heat and electricity for use on the poultry farm.
Immediately after birds are depopulated, poultry manure from the poultry rearing sheds is transferred to a bio-secure building which is completely sealed once the doors are closed. Over the next flock the manure is automatically transferred to the BHSL plant which converts the manure into heat or heat and electricity. The process is overseen by the BHSL Remote Operations Centre, and meets strict European emissions limits.
Poultry litter from one batch is combusted on the farm to provide clean, dry renewable heat to sustain the next batch. Surplus heat is available to produce renewable power for use on the farm or export to the grid. Major savings are made in the consumption of propane for heating. The next batch of chickens thrive in the warm, dry, optimally ventilated, low ammonia conditions of the poultry house, putting on more weight for each kilogramme of grain fed to them. The litter they produce is drier and less odorous. Rather than being transported elsewhere for disposal, with ever-growing environmental consequences, the litter is securely stored on the farm and then combusted on the farm to produce the heat and power for the next batch.
Thus the sustainable cycle is completed, heating costs are saved, bird welfare is ensured, the environment is respected and extra revenue is generated and margins improved.