The first Porcus biological air scrubbers in Czechia
Earlier this year our dealer AGE s.r.o. took delivery of two biological air scrubbers for one of their customers. AGE is a turnkey agricultural installation company for pig and poultry houses. Providing a complete system that includes feeding, watering, ventilation, and cooling, heating, silos and of course air scrubbers. The company was founded in 1992 in České Meziříčí and it has realized many projects since then.
For this project, two artificial insemination centres have been built with air conditioning and biological air scrubbers. The local customer built two new houses, a long term investment in good production results. Combined with the all complete feeding, drinking and climate systems its fully future proof. Together, these ensure a good stable climate with minimal impact on the environment. The fact that the barns are two different sizes meant the air scrubbers had to be designed to accommodate this. First compartment with a capacity of 52,400 m3/h, the second 58,200 m3/h.
In the preliminary stages, the Inno+ team and AGE worked together to create an optimal air duct and pressure chamber. The design creates a good inflow from the pressure chamber into the air scrubber, with a low air velocity. The width of the pressure chamber ensures a homogenous distribution of the air. This prevents peak loads at specific locations on the scrubber.
Built and factory tested for optimal performance
Due to its prefabricated design, this means the modular system can be Factory tested before it arrives on site. Minimal ‘last minute’ adjustments or fixes means reduced installation cost and limited risk of failure during final site testing. Before transport, the modules are tested for their functionality. (Factory Acceptance Test) and they passed, making sure the systems function as designed.
Beginning of this year all the construction work was finished and the necessary provision had been made to commission the facilities.
The commissioning of these Porcus air scrubbers is an important part of the process to make sure the equipment runs optimally. The factory testing irons out any small bugs, but running the equipment in production is critical to ensure the system delivers as required.
Firing up the system
With all connections in place, the units were started. The units automatically fill and maintain a constant level through monitoring with a Radar Sensor and opens a water supply valve automatically to refill as required. Once a sufficient level has been reached, the pump starts and cycles water through a filter, up over a series of sprinklers that soak the filter package. The water then falls through the package table and back to the pit where it can be once again drawn up by the pump.
Testing sensor has and alarms
A small amount of water is diverted to the pH and EC sensors that control water quality. With the system running, all sensors can be tested and all alarm situations simulated to ensure the system is working correctly. Finally, levels of gas entering and exiting the module are tested to ensure the reduction of ammonia is achieved by the system as it was designed.
Grant Barden our service manager spent two days with the AGE team, delivering first a day of air scrubber theory training.
- Process and application – what is air scrubbing and how it works. The different system variations, what happens inside an air scrubber.
- Component parts – what are the parts and subsystems that make up an air scrubber. How do they work together.
- Installation – how to build a ‘built in’ air scrubber and how to fit a modular air scrubber to a building. How they are connected and made ready.
- Commissioning – what do we do to get the system running effectively. Testing all subsystems and simulating all alarms before finally putting the system into use.
- Maintenance and troubleshooting – Detailing both User Level and Dealer level Maintenance (videos available online) so the system can be kept in its best condition. Trouble shooting to show the common situations where problems occur and how it fix them.
On the second day, under careful supervision, both air scrubbers were meticulously checked, calibrated, tested and run. The AGE team took very quickly to instruction, learning a lot about air scrubbing, regardless of the slight language barrier. With both systems running, Grant simulated faults for the engineers to solve, which they were straight onto. Resolving the issues and their causes. AGE are a fine addition to the INNO+ Dealer network and we look forward to delivering systems together soon.
At this point, we showed the client the system is operational and taught them how to maintain peak efficiency through regular maintenance and monitoring through the internet portal and our FarmConnect application. The ultimate goal is a well-functioning installation that run optimally at all times.
For more information
About AGE s.r.o. – https://www.age.cz/about-company/ Inno+ systemen
Inno+ modular air scrubbers are specially designed for ease of transport and installation around the world. This means in countries where the licensing authorities are trying to set a benchmark for air cleaning on farms. Inno+ delivers a product with 18 years of development, testing, certification and proven experience behind it.
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