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Breakfast, Egg, Food, Thailand, Chicken - Bird

Bridging power solution for isolated egg production facility

Sectors: Food and Beverage

The Challenge

Quick power to achieve production and financial objectives

One of Japan’s largest egg producers was expanding its network of farms in the country due to increasing demand. The company has stringent quality standard controls with farms ideally situated away from industrial zones and densely populated urban regions to minimise exposure
to pollutants.

The choice of location posed a challenge in terms of power due to its rural location. The current power infrastructure was not able to keep up with the area’s growth. Our customer could only rely 0.5 kW of power from the grid while their daily load requires up to 2 MW of power.

It would take at least two years for the grid to expand its infrastructure to meet the current power demand. They needed a quick solution to bridge the power gap so they can capitalise on market demand, accelerate revenue velocity and reach financial break-even for its new facility.

The customer also wanted to use its existing fuel source AFO, which is a blend of diesel and heavy oil and not a standard fuel.

Project fact file

Cost saved 5,840hours
Install to operation 14days
Power generators 4 X1400kVA
Primary power generated 2MW
Produced per day - max 1.6 million Eggs

The Solution

Turnkey power solution with best-in-class Remote Monitoring Technology (IPM)

The egg producer approached Aggreko for a quick turnkey solution that could help them achieve their production and financial goals.

Our engineers did a thorough site survey with the factory’s operations team to understand the site’s design, operational requirements and challenges before coming up with a bespoke turnkey power solution. In compliance with strict local regulatory processes, Aggreko managed to deploy, install and commission a 2MW power pack with four diesel generators within just 14 days.

With no power engineers or expertise in-house, we offered the customer a turnkey solution from engineering design, installation, commissioning, to operations and maintenance for the power plant.

Aggreko has two key technologies to help our customers directly optimise their energy usage. Aggreko’s Remote Monitoring System (ARM) and Island Power Management System (IPM) were both incorporated into the solution we offered the egg producer.

ARM allows the monitoring and optimization of generators’ power loads and fuel usage, reducing emissions and impact to the environment. It also allows the ability to anticipate performance issues so we can proactively deploy fixes to enhance and maintain the generators’ performance for better efficiency.

The IPM allowed an unmanned site to operate at night time based on automation. It synchronises, optimises load, and controls the start/stop between the generators based on the factory’s power requirements, enabling full automated operation during night-time.

The integrated technological set-up of both these systems allows the reduction of manual tasks previously done by technicians. This means a reduction in both man-hours and overhead costs for plant maintenance.

As for utilising the AFO fuel, Aggreko was able to provide a local specialist pump and ROT filtration system bringing a complete solution that encompasses all the client needs.

The Impact

Achieving production targets and maintain market-leading position

The quick delivery of the solution for the factory ensured there was no production down time. With our bespoke project design, reliable operation and turnkey approach for their power solution, the customer was immensely satisfied with the power plant’s performance. It helped them achieve the required projected production scale to generate additional revenue, while maintaining their leading position in the market place.