In the summer of 1999, a team of engineering faculty and students from Oregon State University performed assessments at 10 seafood processors in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington. Goals were to increase energy efficiency, reduce waste, and improve productivity.
This report is a summary of recommendations and common issues found in these plants. The assessment team identified annual savings of approximately $4.4 million in the energy, waste, and productivity areas. Total implementation cost was estimated to be $5.0 million for an average 1.1-year simple payback of investment. Energy cost savings were approximately $1.4 million with a $2.2 million implementation cost and 1.6-year simple payback. Productivity cost savings were approximately $2.9 million with a $2.7 million implementation cost and 0.9-year simple payback. Waste cost savings were approximately $85,000 with a $54,000 implementation cost and 0.6-year simple payback. Costs and savings were significantly higher in the Alaskan plants because of higher electricity costs and four electrical generation recommendations that were not economically feasible in
Recommendations included electrical generation, refrigeration
system efficiency, process automation, equipment efficiency, and water use reductions. Details of these recommendations and common issues are included in the report.
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