Short description of the solution
Our F90Vim GEA Geneglace flake-ice machines are in operation in the polar section, where they produce up to 3.5 tons of ice daily. The ice machine at Océanopolis produces the flake ice as needed. An ice storage area with a capacity of 4 tons serves as a buffer between ice production and consumption. The two GEA units are located in a machine room 40 m from the penguin area, so that the operational noise does not disturb them.
A pneumatic conveyor system – also by GEA – assures plentiful ice supply: the ice moves to the penguins through a 40-m pipe with an internal diameter of 50 mm. This arrangement enhances ice quality, since during transport the ice flakes rub against each other and break into smaller pieces. Once it arrives at the penguin section, the ice is fine enough for the penguins to comfortably walk over it.