CORRECTED: Alternative energy powers Taylor Farms salads

11/07/2012 03:15:00 PM
Mike Hornick

Taylor FarmsCourtesy Taylor FarmsTaylor Farms Retail has begun sourcing power for its salad plant from five new 200-kilowatt energy servers from Bloom Energy.(CORRECTED) SALINAS, Calif. – Taylor Farms’ retail division has activated an $8 million clean energy system at its Salinas salad plant.

It’s expected to meet 70% of the company’s power needs using an alternative energy source.

The system, from Sunnyvale-based Bloom Energy, is comprised of five new 200-kilowatt energy servers. It uses a fuel cell technology, converting fuel into electricity without the combustion required by a conventional electrical generator.

“This innovative clean energy system allows us to continue exploring ways to reduce our impact on the environment and moves us much closer to our specific goal of taking this Salinas production facility off the electrical grid,” Bruce Taylor, Taylor Farms chief executive officer, said in a news release.

The retail division’s 85,000-square feet of salad and processing lines were constructed in 2010. Mark Campion, president of Taylor Farms retail, called it the most advanced salad processing plant in the U.S.

“We are making it the most energy efficient as well,” Campion said in the release.

The servers generate power 24 hours a day, seven days weekly.

Each server is expected to produce more than 1.75 million kilowatt hours annually, enough to power about 160 average U.S. homes.

The system cuts carbon dioxide emissions by almost 30%, according to Taylor Farms, and nearly eliminates nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide emissions. It produces electricity using nearly no water – close to 100% less than an average power plant.

“We are committed to leading the industry in innovation with exciting new products and services, food safety breakthroughs and new systems to enhance sustainability,” Campion said.

Taylor Farms also has a foodservice processing plant, and operates about 600,000 square feet of commercial space in Salinas.

Note on correction: The original story misstated server capacity.



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Frank    
Philadelphia  |  November, 08, 2012 at 02:37 PM

5x200 megawatts eh? That's a lotta juice!

Brian Clark    
South Orange, NJ  |  November, 08, 2012 at 02:39 PM

I want you to come to my neighborhood in NJ, which has been out of power now for 11 days, and put up an energy server which will power our part of town. I don't think you'd find anything but support. And I'm not kidding. Every time we have a storm, we lose power and it has to stop. Thank you.bc

Giorgio    
Munich  |  November, 08, 2012 at 02:52 PM

That would be awesome, to get 1 gigawatt for $8 million. Unfortunately the servers only produce 200 kilowatt. Still nice though!

Spanky    
Earth  |  November, 29, 2012 at 02:12 PM

30% lower Carbon emissions than WHO? http://www.pge.com/about/environment/pge/climate/ "PG&E provides its customers with electricity that has among the lowest rates of greenhouse gas emissions in the nation. In fact, PG&E's most recent independently verified CO2 emissions rate of 575 pounds of CO2 per MWh is about half the national average among utilities." Bloom = 884lbs/MWh PG & E = 575 lbs/MWh 884/575 = 1.537 Isn't that 53.7% WORSE than the PGE grid today? If all of this is about lowering Carbon, what is the point of having higher CO2 emissions than your utility? In 2015, what happens when AB-32 levies a tax on carbon in natural gas? Who pays for that? Then there is this: "Delaware opens Pandora’s Box with BloomEnergy black box" http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/48833

Spanky    
October, 09, 2013 at 01:49 AM

http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20131005/BUSINESS/310040052/River-Ranch-Fresh-Foods-closing?gcheck=1 I guess they should have got something that actually helped them stay in business for a change. Expensive Green fashion statements have consequences.

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