Evaporative Conduction Cow Cooling
This technology provides energy-efficient cooling for cows in hot climates. Bedding area beneath the cow is cooled using heat exchange mats embedded in the soil. Water flowing through the heat exchange mats will be chilled using a novel low-energy sub-wet bulb evaporative chiller.
How Does It Work
The majority of California’s dairy farms are located in the Central Valley, where summers are very hot and dry. Their milk cows need to be cooled both for health and productivity reasons.
California dairy farmers rely mainly on various forms of forced convection and evaporative cooling systems such as large circulation fans and high-water-volume feed lane soaking systems. This requires significant amounts of water and electricity.
Evaporative Chiller Conduction Cooling uses heat exchange mats to keep cows cool, saving energy and water compared to traditional techniques.