World’s Largest Ice Machine


Weighing in at 83,000, the world’s largest ice machine was shipped from Vogt Ice to a power generation facility in North Carolina in 1994.  Imagine the immense size of such a machine traveling down the highway to its new home in North Carolina.  To clear the front gates of the Vogt Factory, the team had to let the air out of the truck tires.

This mammoth machine, was capable of producing as much as 700 tons of ice in a 24-hour period.  In contrast, the single largest Tube-Ice machine built today, the P42AXL (“The Ice King”), will produce 125 tons of ice per day.

Engineers at the power generating facility found that by cooling the air that feeds the gas turbine generators improved the operating efficiency during peak demand periods.  Engineers had used other air-cooling devices to feed turbines but determined ice was an efficient alternative.  The ice makers work at night when power demand is lower, and recycle the water from melted ice to make new ice.


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