Top 5 industries where it’s critical to have emergency power

Dec 02,2021

Emergency power is vital to many industries within Australia. Without backup power systems, operation of many businesses would halt resulting in loss of profit and even lives.

To be most effective, backup power sources should be considered within the total infrastructure of the site. Here is our list of the top 5 industries that should include emergency power as a critical component of their infrastructure.

Hospitals and medical centres

Power outages in hospitals and medical centres can put the lives of patients, staff and visitors at risk. Medical equipment, communication lines and access to patient data are all essential for optimum patient care.

Hospitals are required to have a backup power solution in case of power failure. In most hospitals, there are multiple generators within the infrastructure to ensure that there is capacity for extended periods.

Food storage facilities

study 1 conducted by Expert Group for the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and Refrigerants Australia in May 2020 estimates that there is approximately $3.8 billion wasted within the cold food chain within Australia.

Food, including fruit and vegetables and meat, is transported across our vast nation in vast amounts. If power is lost during refrigeration, bacteria and chemical changes within the food can cause it to become spoiled and not fit for consumption. A backup generator can help reduce the amount of food lost to spoilage. Industrial generators can be incorporated into the design of manufacturing facilities, whilst transport vehicles can be fitted with portable generators to ensure that refrigeration of food is constant.

Schools and other educational institutions

Technology has become an integral part of schools and universities across Australia. In many institutions, pens and notebooks have been replaced with iPads and laptops, creating a stronger dependence on power. But what if the power went out for a period of time?

Many educational institutions can minimise the impact of power failure by including a backup generator within their infrastructure. By maintaining electricity flow during blackouts, students can continue to access their devices and learn in comfortable environments.

Agricultural industry

Agriculture is one of Australia’s largest industries, equating to approximately 11% of goods and service exports in 2019-20 2 and can be very energy-intensive. Electricity on farms can be used across many applications, from general lighting to running machinery, and can vary depending upon the type of crop/livestock.

With such a reliance on power, the need for a backup power system is crucial. According to a report by PWC entitled Powering the Global Food Bowl 3, the reliability of electricity is one of the issues affecting Australian farmers with up to 55% having a backup energy supply in place.

Farmers can reduce the chaos that can be caused by a power outage by implementing a backup generator in their farming infrastructure to power their machinery and homes during a blackout.


Air travel is fast paced and constant. Power outages at airports not only have a significant impact in the form of delays of check-ins, grounded flights and the inability to operate necessary equipment, but they can also increase the likelihood of accidents as Air Control are unable to communicate directions and warning to inflight planes.

Backup power solutions improve safety and productivity, minimising the risk of profit loss, unsatisfied travelers and accidents. A global trend has also emerged over the last few years with many airports considering implementing microgrids for their entire energy supply.

For over 15 years, PowerLink has supported Australian industries with backup power solutions. From standby generators for small to medium businesses to industrial diesel generators as emergency power sources for large corporations and site, PowerLink has the knowledge and expertise to provide you with the best solution for your needs.

To find your local PowerLink distributor, email us at and we can point you in the right direction.

  1. A Study of Waste in the Cold Food Chain and Opportunities for Improvement. Expert Group. May 2020. ( Accessed on 29 November 2021.
  1. Snapshot of Australian Agriculture 2021, Australian Government – Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. ( Accessed 30 November 2021.
  1. Powering the Global Food Bowl – July 2019. PWC ( Accessed on 30 November 2021.

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