Using trigen solutions for dairy farms
If you are finding that the increase in electricity costs is becoming more and more of a financial burden for your dairy farm, finding a long term solution that suits your needs is likely on the top of your list - and trigeneration fits those requirements. Trigeneration systems offer an environmentally-friendly way to decrease your energy costs and increase the reliability of power production on your site, through the use of biogas created on your farm. Give our knowledgeable team of specialists a call today to learn more!
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How does trigeneration work with dairy farms?
Trigeneration, otherwise known as CCHP, trigen or combined cooling, heat and power, is the creation of cooling, heat and power from a single generator. When it comes to its application on dairy farms, a CCHP system creates electricity and useful heat, which is used for hot water or steam production (among other things), as well as for energy efficient cooling for milk products.
How does dairy trigeneration differ from dairy cogeneration?
The difference between cogeneration and trigeneration when it comes to dairy farms is cooling - a trigen contributes to the cooling of milk and other products, as well as heating and electricity generation, whereas cogneneration contributes to heating and electricity generation only.
Why choose a trigen system for your dairy farm?
There are a range of benefits when it comes to CCHP systems for dairy farms, such as:
- Less power to provide enhanced cooling.
- High energy efficiency levels.
- Biogas produced onsite can be used as fuel.
- Lower electricity and energy bills.
- More reliable energy production.
What benefits do an Inoplex CCHP Trigeneration system offer to your dairy farm?
The Inoplex CCHP Trigeneration system is known as the 'Dairy in a Box', offering dairy farmers an alternative to ever-rising electricity bills for enhanced cooling options. The Dairy in a Box includes a highly efficient refrigeration upgrade to enable farms to meet more stringent milk chilling requirements, with its use in a variety of applications showing an impressive 40% energy saving. In essence, the strategy it implements is simply to use less power do provide enhanced cooling.
The Dairy in a Box refrigeration utilises 'natural' lower refrigerants, including propane, as the use of natural refrigerants is well established in many markets. Natural refrigerant contributes to the total system power efficiency, as well as reduces future maintenance costs and the harmful effects of other chemical refrigerants commonly used.
We understand that dairy farms still require water heating and power to function, so a biogas and LPG dual fuel combined heat and power generator is included in the Dairy in a Box. The dairy effluent stabilisation lagoon is converted to a covered anaerobic lagoon digester to produce the required biogas to fuel the system and, where the existing lagoon cannot be converted, either a new lagoon or tank based digester can be implemented.
Trigeneration solutions for dairy farms of all sizes
At Inoplex, we understand that a significant portion of the energy used in most dairy farm refrigeration systems is used to drive fans, which vent heat to the air. This results in 100s of KW of thermal energy wasted to the atmosphere per day, just cooling milk to the appropriate temperatures.
Instead of wasting this milk heat, the Dairy in Box system diverts it into the anaerobic lagoon or tank that is producing the biogas, which enhances biogas production for use as fuel. In essence, the milk refrigeration system is acting as a heat pump, moving heat from the milk into the effluent pond. Working at the warmer temperatures, the lagoon digesters produce extra gas and better clean up the effluent water, offering further benefits for the farm.
The combined heat and power generator also provides hot water for sanitation of the dairy operations, so the energy needed to run the electrically powered hot water systems will be eliminated. Additionally, the generator can also run on LPG, as well as biogas, at a highly efficient rate, costing less than purchasing power from the grid. This also provides a cost-effective back up for the reliable operation of your dairy farm.
Speak to one of our dairy trigeneration experts today
If you would like to know more about trigeneration and how it can assist your dairy farm, give Inoplex a call today on 0448 307 282 and we can discuss the use of trigen for your business.