Researchers develop practical solar heater for poultry houses

Study shows solar heaters are both economically and technically feasible, say researchers.
Brett Ruffell
December 20, 2017
By Brett Ruffell
Low-cost solar collector is made from perforated pond liner.
Low-cost solar collector is made from perforated pond liner.
December 18, 2017, Tucker, Ga. – Researchers at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., have developed a practical solar heater for poultry houses.

The low-cost solar collector is made from perforated pond liner and heated by the sun.

Air coming into the poultry house is warmed as it passes through the solar collector, supplementing heat provided by propane heaters, thus reducing the potential propane usage.

“We tested it in a turkey brooder room and got a maximum temperature rise of 25.4°C,” explains research lead Dr. Sanjay Shah, “though the average was 8.1°C.”

The study shows that solar heaters are both economically and technically feasible for use in poultry houses, the researchers conclude.

The initiative was funded by USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation and is part of the association’s comprehensive research program.

For the complete report on the study, click here.

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