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Manure is an abundant and renewable resource for livestock farmers that often goes unused. As manure breaks down, heat is released into the environment. When looking at this heat dissipation through the lens of sustainability, there is an opportunity to save energy by capturing the heat in manure decomposition and using it where it is needed. This research capitalizes on that opportunity to develop a way to heat water for livestock in the winter. Using a combination of passive solar energy and the natural heat produced through the decomposition of manure, a system has been designed and implemented to offer a low-cost, sustainable solution that combines mechanical engineering with an agricultural application. Further research and development will be completed for partial- to full-automation of the system.
Robert J Brecha
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium poster
"Implementation of Passive Solar Energy and Reclaimed Heat from Manure Decomposition for Livestock Water-heating Applications" (2018). Stander Symposium Posters. 1171.