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01/15/2014 | HIPOWER SYSTEMS Provides Generator to Simson Maxwell for Use at First Land-Based Closed-Container Salmon Farm in Canada

HIPOWER SYSTEMS, a manufacturer of power-generation and power distribution equipment in the U.S. and Canada, announced that in early 2013 they manufactured a custom engineered HIPOWER generator package that is now providing backup power for the ‘Namgis Closed Containment Salmon Farm, the first land-based salmon-farming project in Canada. 


A leading HIPOWER distributor, Simson Maxwell, worked alongside the Ritchie foundation that donated the generator to the ‘Namgis First Nation, the indigenous band of peoples in British Columbia that own the farm. The goal for the project, which will be one of the world’s first to raise Atlantic salmon to full market size, is to reduce environmental impacts to area wild salmon while creating economic opportunity for local residents.



“Simson Maxwell is proud to be a part of the ‘first in Canada’ ‘Namgis land-based salmon farm project,” said Simson Maxwell President Daryl Kruper. “Simson Maxwell worked with HIPOWER SYSTEMS to provide a custom, engineer-to-order, 611kW, sound-attenuated standby power system generator for this ‘Namgis First Nations project. The Simson Maxwell / HIPOWER-supplied power system will help to ensure that this landbased fish farm never goes without its critical power requirements.”


The ‘Namgis people have been reliant on salmon for thousands of years, long before the development of salmon farming in response to the overfishing of wild salmon. Worried about the state of wild salmon stocks and cognizant of possible dangers of open fish farms—including disease within the farms that could spread to wild salmon populations—the 'Namgis sought an alternative. Working with the SOS Marine Conservation Foundation and Tides Canada, the 'Namgis First Nation launched this pilot project to prove the economic viability of growing Atlantic salmon sustainably on land, separate from the marine environment. The project partners also expect the closed-containment farms will be less stressful for the fish, resulting in faster growth rates―with 30% less feed and no pesticides or antibiotics.


“HIPOWER SYSTEMS was honored to be chosen to engineer the generator for this amazing project,” said HIPOWER SYSTEMS President Rafael Acosta. “It’s rewarding to know that our generator can provide life giving power in the event of an outage for such an important environmental effort.”



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HIPOWER SYSTEMS (a division of Himoinsa, S.L.) is the principal supplier of power distribution and prime, standalone power-generation equipment and packages to the U.S. and Canadian markets, serving the Residential, Commercial and Industrial sectors including the Agriculture, Telecommunications, Healthcare and Oil & Gas Industries. The company builds and customizes diesel generators from 8kw to 3MW and natural gas or alternative fuel/bi-fuel sets from 20 to 400kW with a complete range of accessories, including automatic transfer switches, paralleling switchgear, UL tanks, enclosures and power distribution equipment.

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