Heat Recovery System

Heat Recovery System at Gold'n Plump Poultry PlantAWARDS 

  • ABC Projects of Distinction Award 2011
  • AGC Build Wisconsin Award 2010

CLIENT Gold’n Plump Poultry Production Plant, Arcadia, Wisconsin

GOAL To conserve energy through heat recovery from ammonia refrigeration system

OVERVIEW  The Rohde team fully engineered (mechanical and electrical), a system to recover waste heat being generated from the ammonia cooling system, for use in heating water for production and sanitation needs. Design concept is based on the use of a heat pump.


  • Rohde designed, engineered and implemented the system in six months.
  • Rohde worked closely with Gold’n Plump to integrate the new system with minimal disturbance to the existing facility and processes taking place. Installations were scheduled during typical plant shut-downs.


  • Rohde engineers scaled an existing heat recovery design to accommodate the plant’s daily use of 1,000,000 gallons of 140° F water for production and sanitation, making the heat recovery package the largest of this type in Wisconsin – 225HP
  • Heat recovered 4,800 MBH; Heat generated 6,300 MBH


This heat recovery project for Gold’n Plump Poultry will help save the company approximately $170,000 per year in energy costs.


Rohde’s constant focus on innovation in engineering allows it to help industry partners reduce energy costs while implementing efficiencies.