Feasibility of the use of heat energy from alternative sources for air conditioning in sows facility

K. Peichev, R. Georgiev
Abstract. A heat engineering analysis of the heat flows in a typical housing facility for raising lactating sows was made. The results obtained were used to design a conceptual model for air conditioning (cooling) by a thermally powered cyclic process of an absorption refrigeration machine. Alternatives for thermal powering by a wood pellet boiler and solar thermal array installed on the roof of the sow raising housing facility were proposed and analyzed. An estimate of the energy consumption of the proposed alternatives and the corresponding electrical energy equivalent was made.