July 16, 2019

Seafood & Processing Packaging

From sea to land, prime power and backup powered diesel generator sets are both utilized and needed in seafood processing facilities. Fish are prepped on vessels prior to arriving to the plant where they will be processed for final delivery. In Alaska fisheries such as salmon, wild pollock, and even crab are commonly processed and delivered across the united states to restaurants and grocery chains.

Processing plants located in remote locations without electrical utility power supply often rely on multiple generators running in parallel. As an example four 1000kW generators running in parallel will produce 4MW's of power. While operating a processing plant in off-grid locations relying solely on diesel fueled generators when purchasing pre-owned units it is always recommend to consult with a professional during the purchase processes for inspection, testing, and setup of equipment prior to installation. While Alaska is supplying much of our seafoods today, generators operating in these cold temperatures often require block heaters and onboard battery chargers along with any additional cold weather precautions.

Backup power generator applications such as coolers to automated manufacturing equipment would face immediate effect due to the extreme conditions they work in. No matter the size of a power outage, one can quickly cause a result in loss of production as well as in product. Conveyors can stop moving product from station to station by downed air compressors providing a lack of supply. Fishing vessels unloading caught fish are taken to processing plants where these fish are packed and iced immediately. If you had the chance to read our prior article, Agriculture to Grocery Store, both industries not only benefit from back-up generators, some may rely on them as a requirement for daily productivity. In a recent project Power System Services was able to source 6.8 Megawatts of prime power for an off-grid processing plant while changing the alternator ends from 13.8kV to 480volt and providing specific load bank requirements prior to delivery deadline.