GeoCube – fully packaged heat pumps for the most demanding requirements

GeoCube can use a variety of heat sources including local rivers and lakes as well as the ground to generate heat loads of up to 36°C, offering poultry farmers a predictable, controlled heat source delivering more than four times as much output for each unit of input. GeoCube is only available from IPT.

Geocube Heat Pumps IPT

Innovative packaged heating and cooling solutions
developed specifically for poultry sheds

GeoCube heat pumps use the latest refrigeration technology to absorb heat from one source (air, water or ground) and transfer it to another source and raise it to a temperature suitable for space heating and hot water.

GeoCube can use a variety of heat sources including local rivers and lakes as well as the ground to heat poultry houses up to 36°C, offering poultry farmers a predictable, controlled heat source delivering as much as four times as much output for each unit of input.

Heat pump technology has been around for over 60 years, but has only recently been recognised as one of the best ways to heat and cool poultry units with a fast return on investment. GeoCube heat pump systems, developed specifically for the poultry industry, will improve bird welfare whilst generating reliable, sustainable, low cost heat with the option of reversible cooling during hot weather.

Efficient

More efficient than most conventional heating systems

Save on heating bills

Savings of 30-70% on bills when replacing conventional heating

Financial assistance

Available from the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive

Compatible

Compatible with most current heating and hot water systems

GeoCube Heat Pump Monitoring and Maintenence

Unlike many other heating technologies, GeoCube heat pumps do not have large maintenance requirements, apart from periodic refrigerant and general system checks.

IPT offers comprehensive maintenance and monitoring packages for our GeoCube heat pump customers including a 24-hour technical helpline, on call duty engineers, planned maintenance, remote system checks and performance reports.

As with all of our renewable systems, we consider our remote monitoring service as the best way to maximise your system’s performance and lifespan. With minute by minute data uploads, we can quickly react to any alerts either remotely or with a visit to site.

Benefits for Poultry Sheds

Efficient Cooling

An efficient cooling system is vital in poultry shed design. As birds grow they give off increasing amounts of heat, increasing the temperature and humidity in the shed. If this is not carefully controlled, heat stress will result in the birds eating less to limit heat generation, resulting in reduced growth and welfare.

We offer both passive and active cooling through our reversible heat pump systems. Cooling is delivered into the shed using our bespoke fan coils or Ventmax units, together with careful control through the underfloor system.

Our heat pump systems offer highly controlled, passive and active cooling. For ground source systems we take the heat from the building and replenishing the heat store ready for the next heat cycle. The under floor heating system an remove excess heat and help with litter control and more even shed temperatures.

Unlike conventional systems requiring both evaporation and air movement to reduce temperature and humidity, our systems can efficiently remove heat from the building and store it for reuse. Using active cooling we can design systems to deliver temperatures as low as 12°C into the building.

Passive Cooling

Using the ground or surface water such as a river or lake you can take the heat from a building and reject it into the ground without the need for an air conditioning machine. The ground has the potential to absorb temperatures of 30°C or more while delivering 12°C-14°C into the building. The ground can achieve this for short periods of time and the rejected heat can be stored in the ground until it is required for heating again. A lake can give unlimited amounts of passive cooling providing the source is replenishing at the same rate as the rejected energy.

Active Cooling

Air conditioning is considered as active cooling where the heat pumps compressors take the heat from the building and deliver temperatures as low as 12°C into the building. Using the ground to reject the heat rather than the air (traditional air conditioning systems use the air) the system is a lot more efficient as the ground temperature is consistently below the air temperature when air conditioning is needed.. The heat can be stored in the ground ready for the next heating cycle, making the heating process much more efficient due to the higher ground temperatures. Surface water can be used more efficiently again for active cooling but cannot be stored.

Underfloor Cooling

An underfloor heating system can be used to take the heat away from the building, this works particularly well with a poultry unit where the birds are close to the ground. Birds generate heat as they grow and as they are close to the ground this will heat the floor, having the ability to remove the heat when the birds are fully grown helps the ventilation cooling system. This can also assist in stopping the litter to sweat and remain dryer than if there were no slab temperature control.

Fan Cooling

When the birds are “off heat” and are actually producing heat, by passing cool water through the fan coil heat exchangers this helps to bring down the shed temperature, which can reduce the ventilation requirements for cooling and help prevent the tunnel fans from coming on. The overall effect of managing the air temperature using the cooling system can help with bird performance by preventing excessive heat and mechanical ventilation which in turn prevents any  interruption to the bird feeding patterns.

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