In July 1994 John Knight, a grain farmer from Mallee country in Victoria, installed the first wind-driven turbo unit on his farm. Without understanding the technical reasons the wind-driven turbo worked, he just knew that it took the heat out of his silos, and his grain was cleaner and fresher without constant weevil attacks.
In 1996 Anthony Balding, owner of a specialised building supply company, went to the farm and started to investigate and ask questions about what the wind-driven turbo was doing.
From a building ventilation background, we determined that the air movement created by the turbo unit does a number of things:
- Minimises condensation
- Reduces heat build-up in confined spaces
- Drops humidity levels by 20% average
- Enables grain to breathe more freely
Over the past 14 years, we have tested and evaluated a number of different systems to deliver the best systems for grain storage, ventilation and fumigation of silos to the agriculture industry.
On-farm testing took place over an extended period, which resulted in a reduction in temperature and humidity using wind-driven ventilators within the housing of the ventilator.
Further advancements took place in 2000 to introduce a baffle fitted to the underside of the ventilator to be used in sealed silos. This enables fumigation and then ventilation after the fumigation has taken place.
In 2005, we introduced the Air Intake Vents and Fumigation Chamber to allow fresh air to be drawn from the bottom of the silo through the grain and increasing airflow to the turbo wind ventilator and baffle unit.
In 2008, we have a complete system to handle grain and feed storage on-farm for all types of silos and grain sheds.
We are constantly upgrading our systems to be smarter, safer and cleaner.
The Silo Vent and gas seal dampers are proudly designed and manufactured in Australia. The Silo Vent system is distributed exclusively under license by Silo Ventilation Systems Pty Ltd.