Demonstrating an Optimized Steam and Hot Water System at the Sun-Maid Raisins Facility

This project will demonstrate an optimized hot water and steam system to reduce GHG emissions at a raisin production facility.

Sun-Maid Growers of California


Kingsburg, CA

Recipient Location


Senate District


Assembly District



Project Status

Project Update

The Issue

Mixing of steam and cold water to meet hot water demand is a common practice in food processing operations. However, this practice is inefficient, requires oversized boiler systems, and results in increased costs, maintenance, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. There is significant potential to implement optimized hot water and steam systems in food processing facilities to reduce GHG emissions.

Project Innovation

This project will replace the existing, oversized boiler and steam lines with hydronic water heaters, hot water distribution lines, and point-of-use steam generators at the Recipient's raisin production facility. By implementing these technologies at a large food processing facility, this project will demonstrate the potential for distributed hot water and steam systems to reduce GHG emissions, energy consumption, and operating costs at similar food processing facilities.

Project Benefits

This project will result in GHG and criteria pollutant emission reductions by replacing a natural gas-fired dryer with a fully electric dryer at the facility.

Environmental & Public Health

Environmental Sustainability

This project is expected to reduce GHG emissions by approximately 410 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year and nitrogen oxide emissions by approximately 400 pounds per year.

Key Project Members

Casey Mount

Casey Mount

Engineering Manager
Sun-Maid Growers of California



Skyven Technologies, Inc.


Match Partners


Sun-Maid Growers of California


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