A 1,300 kW HFC based Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) will provide heating and cooling for a British 50,000 birds poultry farm.
Representing the largest British GSHP in the sector, the farm will rely on five R417A GSHPs, designed specifically for this kind of use, using 10,000 vertical bore holes to provide controlled temperature loads at 33 °C, dropping to 20 °C across the farm.
Heat pumps offer the additional benefits of cooling and de-humidification during warmer weather, leading to increasing bird welfare, generating less CO2 and humidity.
R417A is a blend of HFC-134a/HFC-125/HC-600 (46,6/50,0/3,4 weight %) and is also used as a HCFC-22 substitute.
Source: Heat Pumps Today