Revolutionizing Crop Storage: Innovative Technologies Save Energy and Reduce Waste
Crop storage technologies from Martin Lishman Ltd are helping farmers across the UK and beyond to optimize their crop storage, reduce energy consumption, and ensure a higher-quality yield. It’s a well-known fact that the farming industry is facing a crisis due to the unpredictable climate, environmental degradation, and rising energy prices. To tackle these challenges, crop storage specialists Martin Lishman Ltd has developed innovative post-harvest technology solutions to improve efficiency and productivity of crop storage.
Bulk tipper haulage company T French & Son, located in Cumnock, Scotland, began their venture into crop storage when they were approached by several grain merchants about storage of their products.
“The large part of our work is deliveries and collections within the agricultural sector. Our grain merchants asked about crop storage, and as we had the space within our yard, we decided to build a large grain store to accommodate their storage requirements. Ensuring that our customers’ products remain in optimum condition while stored at our facility was an important consideration for this project”, explains Liz-Ann McMenemy, Director of T French & Son Ltd.
The new storage facility measures 78 meters in length, 60 meters in width, and 9 meters in height, with a capacity of up to 20,000 tonnes. Given the size of the store, a highly efficient cooling system was required to rapidly reduce grain temperatures, and the facility’s movable concrete bunker walls to cater for different commodities necessitated a versatile modular approach to the installation.
“The FloorVent appealed to us as it can be quickly installed or removed depending on what type of products we had, and the Barn Owl Wireless system would handle both the remote and on-site monitoring and automatic control of cooling fans”, adds Liz-Ann.
Martin Lishman’s FloorVent system is a highly efficient grain cooling solution, the system utilizes the same high airflow perforated tube as the company’s popular Pile-Dry Pedestals but uses underfloor ducts instead of vertical columns. Fans are placed on the outside of the building to vent hot air directly to the exterior to remove the possibility of warm air being drawn back into the grain, making the cooling process highly efficient.
Barn Owl Wireless provides store managers with the convenience of monitoring crop store temperatures from anywhere in the world. Using wireless crop temperature sensors, the temperature data is transmitted to the user’s Barn Owl Wireless web portal. This web portal allows the users to easily check the crop temperatures, humidity levels, and even CO2 readings for all their stores. Additionally, users can efficiently manage cooling programs for their stores with this system.
The T French & Son team opted for 48 FloorVents, 48 Martin Lishman Pile-Dry Fans and 28 Barn Owl Wireless crop sensors to cater for the changing store layout and to ensure the store is cooled efficiently and effectively.
Utilising Martin Lishman’s wireless fan controllers, the fans are connected to the Barn Owl Wireless network and controlled automatically. In automatic mode, the system uses a choice of control programmes and zonal cooling to only turns fans on when it is most efficient to do so, which results in faster cooling and a vast reduction on energy bills.
“It’s hard to find a cooling system that rivals FloorVent. It offers a balance of versatility, installation cost, and performance that other systems struggle to match,” explains Joel Capper, Managing Director for Martin Lishman Ltd. “We were thrilled when T French & Son approached us for a FloorVent system, and we were even more excited when they opted for a Barn Owl Wireless System to accompany it. Individually, the products work very well, but together they create a trouble-free storage solution that can quickly drive down grain temperatures while using less energy. Plus, with rising electricity prices, the energy cost savings will become even more apparent.”
“The wireless crop sensors have been very reliable, and the online portal is easy to operate. Joel from Martin Lishman was very helpful during the installation, speaking to both us during the planning stage and the electricians during the installation stage, which made the process incredibly smooth,” concluded Liz-Ann.
Martin Lishman’s Barn Owl Wireless and FloorVent systems are versatile and scalable, making them suitable for any size storage facility. Originally designed for larger-scale operations, these systems are now being adopted by smaller farmers, thanks to their modular design. With these products, farmers can enjoy the benefits of fast, efficient cooling and reduced energy costs, regardless of their operation’s size.
Farmers have come to recognize the value of optimizing the cooling and management of their stored crops, with hundreds of farms in the UK using these systems.
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