Sugarcane, Seafood, Soybeans, Soft Drinks and Storage?

Why food processing and energy storage? Are you nuts? Energy storage is the best thing for the food processing industry since sliced bread! February 17th marks the opening of California’s largest food processing tradeshow – the Food Processing Expo in Sacramento, California. Green Charge, a proud member of the California League of Food Processors, will be at the show in booth 1232.

According to a report by the CLFP, food and beverage processing in California is a $25.2 billion industry. That’s a lot of dough.

Top Five Food Processing Industries in California

    • Dairy processing – total economic impact in California $15.6 billion
    • Wine making – $11.1 billion
    • Baking (bread, pasta, cookie, cracker and other bakery product manufacturing) – $2.64 billion
    • Fruit and vegetable canning, pickling, and drying – $2.22 billion
    • Soft drink and ice manufacturing – $1.72 billion

Margins can be thin in this business, so every dollar counts. Power demands vary when machinery such as canning lines, electric forklifts, conveyor belts and refrigeration systems are switched on and off during daily operations. These spikes in energy use put stress on the local electrical grid and cause utility bills to climb higher than the temperature on a double boiler.

Energy storage systems lower demand charges by providing power to a facility when it’s needed most and when utility rates are highest. So let’s toast to reducing electric bills in the food processing industry.