Cold storage

Selecting the “best” refrigerant for cool rooms

HCFCs are commonly used as refrigerants in cool rooms that store fruit, but they are being phased out and by 2016 no more imports will be allowed. Therefore, packing shed managers need to start planning to replace them now. Author: Annie Farrow Industry Services Manager, APAL 03 9329 3511 afarrow@apal.org.au “HCFCs are being [...]

By |November 24th, 2014|Cold storage, Saving energy|

Upgrading refrigeration key to saving energy

Refrigeration is the biggest energy cost for fruit production, storage and packing businesses, but there are ways to cut costs.   Author: Amanda Booth Environmental Consultant, KMH Enviromental 02 9468 9348 Abooth@kmh.com.au APAL’s ‘Watts in Your Business’ project did energy audits on 30 orchards and packing sheds Australia-wide and showed that, on average [...]

By |September 22nd, 2014|Cold storage, Saving energy|

Understanding electricity tariffs can save you money

The ‘Watts in Your Business’ project has completed energy audits of 30 packhouses and orchards Australia-wide. This fact sheet shows how understanding tariffs in a packhouse/orchard can save money. Author: Amanda Booth Environmental Consultant, KMH Enviromental 02 9468 9348 Abooth@kmh.com.au In Australia there are three types of organisations involved in providing energy: Generators [...]

By |August 19th, 2014|Cold storage, Grading equipment, Saving energy|

Optimising voltage power to save money

The ‘Watts in Your Business’ project has completed energy audits of 30 packhouses and orchards Australia-wide. This case story of two packhouses in the Goulburn and Yarra Valleys, Victoria, shows how energy use and costs could be reduced by installing Voltage Power Optimisation units to the main electrical supply to packhouse buildings. Author: Amanda [...]

By |July 28th, 2014|Cold storage, Grading equipment, Saving energy|

The future of refrigeration for fruit storage

Author: Michael Bellstedt Managing Director Minus 40 02 8850 4811 michael.bellstedt@minus40.com.au A review of the refrigeration systems on 30 fruit storage facilities conducted by Minus40 as part of the ‘Watts in your Business’ project has shown that most are out of date, energy inefficient and costly to operate and maintain. Impending phase-downs of [...]

By |June 28th, 2014|Cold storage|

Dynamic Controlled Atmosphere storage

Dr Gordon Brown and Dr Robert Prange With consumers demanding more chemical-free food products, Dynamic Controlled Atmosphere (DCA) storage, which combines low oxygen with careful monitoring of fruit stress, offers an effective way to keep apples and pears in good condition for longer without the need for chemical products.   Storing apples and pears for up [...]

By |March 31st, 2014|Cold storage|