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    More than 13MW of power in the Arctic

    HIMOINSA generator sets in the most extreme cold conditions, to guarantee the electricity supply in salmon farms in northern Norway.

    HIMOINSA has supplied several HTW-1530 T5, HPW-800 T5, HTW-920 T5and HTW-2295 T5 generator sets to one of the leading salmon farms in Laksefjord bay, northeast of Kunes (Norway) in the Arctic Circle. In total, nine generator sets  have been installed in two different sites to supply standby and prime power to drive the oxygen and circulation tanks of the salmon fattening platforms.

    The generator sets supply 920-2295 kVA prime power but being able to provide up to 13 MW of standby power.

    They have an engine pre-heating system (temperature controlled for extended life of gaskets and hoses) and an anti-condensation system to combat the extremely

    cold temperatures of the Arctic, and have been placed in special rooms, insulated from the bad weather to protect all the electrical and mechanical parts of the generators.

    The system recirculates hot air from the radiator in to the room during operation to maintain 20°C in the room, even during winter time. This also reduces the amount of humid air being pulled in through the inlet vents.

    The careful design and high level of mechanical resistance of HIMOINSA generator sets allow them to be operated in regions with harsh climates, offering optimal performance and ensuring a reliable electricity supply in case of any grid outage.

    The generator sets have been installed in special rooms


    Akselsen Engineering, HIMOINSA distributor has been a key player in this project. It´s Managing Director, Andreas Frivag ensures that the close and consolidated relationship between HIMOINSA and Akselsen Engineering “position us as a quality brand with excellent After Sales service in Norway”.

    Project information

    Installation A:  

    2x2xHTW-1530  with Woodward Easygen controllers. And also one HPW-800 with an old control system in the power station. The controllers are network connected, and the whole emergency power system is now remotely monitored tested by Akselsen Engineering every month via network gateways.

    Installation B:

    3xHTW-2295, and one  HTW-920. This setup is a bit more complex, with Woodward Esygen controllers on the gensets, and Woodward LS-5 tie breaker controllers on multiple places in the system. The system design was a compromise to be able to integrate the new emergency power system to the old buildings.


    The area where the fish farm is located experiences humidity of 80%, winter temperatures of around -20°C and frequent snowfall, and is one of the harshest environments of extreme cold on the planet.

    The land-based fattening platforms to which power is supplied are used to fatten up salmon to about 500g. These platforms are located in a remote region where a constant supply of oxygen and water circulation in the fattening cubes is required, to ensure the salmon survive this phase of the breeding process. Thanks to the RAS water recycling system, the breeding system requires less water and has become a more sustainable process.

    HIMOINSA met the customer’s needs together because as the costumer says “Tailored solutions are key! With Akselsen Engineering designing the project together with the customer, the flexibility of the company is very helpful. HIMOINSA goes all the way to custom build the gensets to fit for the project.”

    HIMOINSA works on the constant development of equipment and operational kits that guarantee the best performance and functionality of its generating sets in any geographical area, capable of withstanding extreme weather conditions; developments co-financed by the ICEX and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), with the aim of promoting technological development, innovation and quality research. "A way of making Europe". 



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