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Heat exchanger with heaters on existing chicken houses

Two heat exchangers were connected to the existing chicken houses at Broeierij Ghekiere’s broiler farm in Zandvoorde in West Flanders.  Each unit was equipped with an in-line radiator in the boiler room.  Two burners of 200 kW each ensure sufficient heat capacity during start-up, winter and in the interim periods during colder nights.  The water temperature in the radiators is controlled by means of three-way valves so that the additional heating can be continuously adjusted.  This advantage over the on/off working with heaters creates a more stable climate and more stable temperature in the house.  It is also energy-saving: more ventilation and less heating costs.  Cold nights are more easily absorbed with higher ventilation and the complete switch to outside air is much easier. The climate control in the barn and the units were supplied by Sommen Automatisatie from Ulicoten and installed by Instalec from Moorslede.