Application of Computer Simulation to Evaluate Potential Measures for Improving Energy Efficiency in Hog Production
Swine production is an energy-intensive industry and prices are only rising. Energy use varies widely in Saskatchewan barns, showing that there should be numerous ways to decrease the energy usage. Numerical computer simulation techniques were used to evaluate measures and strategies to use in swine barns. Increasing the insulation of the walls and ceilings has a minimal impact on heat consumption. Other measures will be looked at in the future. Air to air heat exchangers and lighting modifications should decrease the barns annual energy consumption.