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Specifications on Milking Equipment component — Efficient Farming Products program

Milking Equipment component — Efficient Farming Products program

Improve milk quality while conserving energy.

New products

Hydro-Québec is offering a rebate on the purchase and installation of certain milking equipment beginning September 19, 2016.

˲More information on new eligible products

˲ Consult the pamphlet [PDF – 3.0 MB]

Did you purchase a plate heat exchanger before this date? You must fill out the new form that can be found under the How to apply tab.

Hydro-Québec will make sure the model appears in the list of eligible products, which was in effect before September 19, 2016.

Important notice

The rules concerning the acquisition and installation of products under all Program components have changed.

˲More information on new eligible products

Consider energy-efficient models when replacing some of your milking or milk storage equipment, or when purchasing new equipment.

The plate heat exchanger is a device used to transfer heat between two liquids that are at different temperatures, while avoiding direct contact between the liquids.

Advantages

  • Quick and easy
    • Quick and easy rebate on purchase and installation
    • Faster payback
  • Very high efficiency
    • Energy savings for milk chilling can reach 35% to 55%. This can be achieved by lowering the temperature from 36°C down to 16°C–21°C before sending it to be stored in the tank at 3°C.
  • Longer compressor service life
    • Reducing hours of use by about half increases compressor service life.
  • Superior product quality
    • Improved milk quality

The variable-frequency drive vacuum pump is self-regulating. It maintains a constant vacuum to transport the milk to the receiver bowl, where the pump then transfers the milk to the bulk tank. The vacuum pump operates approximately four hours per day (two milkings per day).

In addition to saving energy, the variable-frequency drive vacuum pump reduces noise levels.

Advantages

  • Quick and easy rebate on purchase and installation
  • Reduced electricity consumption of up to 30% compared to the standard system
  • Reduced noise levels

Certain rules apply to determine the capacity of the vacuum pump based on the number of milking units.

A variable-speed milk pump ensures a steady milk flow through the plate heat exchanger, which optimizes thermal exchange between the milk and the chilling water. The milk pump transfers the milk from the receiver bowl to the plate heat exchanger, and then to the milk tank. The milk pump operates approximately four hours per day (two milkings per day).

In addition to saving energy, the variable-speed milk pump improves milk quality—an important factor to consider when deciding to make the investment.

Advantages

  • Quick and easy rebate on purchase and installation
  • Reduced energy consumption when chilling milk resulting from a temperature reduction of approximately two additional degrees before sending the milk to the bulk tank, where it is stored at 3°C
  • Improved milk quality
  • More pre-warmed drinking water for livestock

A milk cooler heat recovery system connected to the water tank is designed to recover some of the heat from the condensation circuit of the refrigeration system. By combining the plate heat exchanger with the tank, the milk is chilled in two steps.

Advantages

  • Quick and easy rebate on purchase and installation
  • Water preheating

Energy savings on water heating with recovery of up to 30% of the energy generated by the condensing unit.

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