Geothermal Heat Saves Energy and Money for Local Turkey Farm

4 years 5 months 1 week ago December 13, 2012 Dec 13, 2012 Thursday, December 13 2012 Thursday, December 13, 2012 11:04:00 AM CST in News
By: Gina Cook
loading

PISGAH, MISSOURI - A mid-Missouri turkey farmer is now heating 13,000 young turkeys on his farm using a much different approach than the standard method of propane heat.

Chris Holliday, owner of Holliday Investments, partnered with University of Missouri Engineer Shawn Xu to install a geothermal heating and cooling system Xu developed for agriculture.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, geothermal is a clean and renewable energy source that uses the constant heat underneath the ground. Pipes looped underground absorb this heat and carry heated water to heating pumps above-ground, which then pump heat into the turkey barn.

Holliday said he wanted to try it because propane costs are unpredictable.

"Energy costs is a problem for us. When propane doubles in price it's hard on us," Holliday said. "When it stays more consistant it's better for us, you know, you can plan for the year what your costs are going to be."

The U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Investment Act funded 75 percent of the project and Holliday spent about $120,000 of his own money to install the system.

Xu said this system is less expensive to install than most geothermal systems, which require extensive drilling to place the pipes verically underground. With Xu's system, however, pipes are buried horizontally seven feet underground, and then again five feet underground.

Now that it has been running for two months, Xu said the data already shows the system is saving energy.

"We anticipated to reduce the cost by 50 percent and already the operation data in the past month has shown that, that we can reach that goal," Xu said.

Heating is important for large turkey operations like Holliday's because the younger birds must be kept very warm.

"We have to keep it 91-92 degrees when they're small babies to keep them living like their mother. It needs to be warm and then it slowly ramps down as they grow feathers and get bigger," Holliday said.

Holliday spends about $20,000 total each year on propane. With Xu's estimation, that cost will drop to $10,000 per year.

Holliday and Xu hope this will encourage other farmers to go geothermal.

"If you can keep your price steady, figure out a new way to deliver heat into the barn to help the environment and save money, I think that's good," Holliday said.

Xu said the same system is ideal for other types of farms and even processing facilities.

"Right now we're pretty much focused on the poultry application, but we believe the same technology can find an opportunity in other farming areas like hog farms."

 

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a man who barricaded himself inside a home repeatedly fired at officers... More >>
3 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 6:54:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City, Missouri, police say they are searching for a man who shot two people,... More >>
3 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 6:46:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A new business pushes it’s clients to their limit and has them sweating bullets. Two former NFL... More >>
4 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 5:06:00 PM CDT in Sports
COLUMBIA - A resettlement agency supporting refugees had a surplus in donations, so it decided to sell some of its... More >>
5 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 4:47:00 PM CDT in News
As of 6:00 p.m. 23,491 Electric Cooperative member-consumers are without power As of 5:37 p.m. Saturday, Ameren reports that... More >>
5 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 4:21:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - Traditional Native American food, crafts and dancing can be found at the tenth annual "For the People"... More >>
6 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 3:48:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Two teens were arrested early Saturday morning in relation to an armed robbery Friday night. Columbia Police... More >>
6 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 3:46:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
BOONE COUNTY - One person was extricated from a vehicle and taken to the hospital with serious injuries after a... More >>
7 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 2:53:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA— The start of the ninth annual Pedaler’s Jamboree was held on Saturday. Nine years ago when the event... More >>
7 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 2:24:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The 29th Annual Salute to Veterans Air Show is scheduled for Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28... More >>
7 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 2:10:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Three people were taken to hospitals by emergency personnel following a three-car wreck Saturday morning. A... More >>
8 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 1:08:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA – Public pools in Columbia opens for Memorial Day weekend, but they are still looking for more people to... More >>
10 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 11:29:00 AM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Two months after the idea was first introduced to leaders in Springfield, Missouri, the city's new... More >>
10 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 11:13:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a man who exchanged gunfire with officers during an hours-long standoff has... More >>
10 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 11:09:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Lawmakers have passed a proposal in a special session that supporters hope will bring hundreds... More >>
16 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 5:13:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY – A father was sentenced in federal court Friday for threatening the attorney who represented one of his... More >>
1 day ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 8:04:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
OSAGE BEACH – People going to Lake of the Ozarks this Memorial Day Weekend may encounter severe weather, dampening the... More >>
1 day ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 7:56:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - A motor vehicle collision left a man seriously injured Friday morning. Elmer Redcay, 62, was northbound... More >>
1 day ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 7:53:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 62°
10pm 63°
11pm 63°
12am 63°
1am 67°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00p
Fast & Furious 6
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
10:29p
Saturday Night Live
9:30p
Seinfeld
10:00p
Rules of Engagement
10:30p
Rules of Engagement

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Fast & Furious 6
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld