Walk-in cold rooms, a practitioner's technical guide: Design and Operation of Walk-In Cold Rooms for Precooling and Storage of Fresh Produce in Hot Climates, in Off-Grid and Unreliable Grid Situations

Kilian Blumenthal, Judith Evans, Lisa Kitinoja, Steve McCarney, Karthika Sasidharan, J.A. Verschoor, Jakub Vrba, Giovanni Cortella (Editor), Jeremy Tait (Editor)

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Abstract

The number of manufacturers of small cold rooms for rural farming and food use is increasing from a low base. However, the learning curve for newcomers remains steep and even well-established suppliers are learning more every day. There are extreme challenges for cold rooms when operating in locations remote from reliable power, away from supply chains, hard to reach for technical support and with a hot climate. This guide consolidates the current state of the art on designing and operating walk-in cold rooms that are well suited for this type of market. Drawing on the practical experience of leading experts and suppliers across Africa, India and elsewhere, it will help suppliers and users to achieve the best solutions for each application and avoid common mistakes.
The purpose of the guide is summarised as:
To present accessible, practical guidance that enables developers, owners, operators and suppliers to specify, install and operate effective and appropriate precoolers and cold rooms that are as economically viable as possible in off-grid, unreliable and limited power supply situations.
The guide assists the project manager through the process of procuring a cold room, enabling them to have effective discussions with
specialists and suppliers, through to operating the cold room effectively. The project manager will be armed with information to be able to ask informed questions and give suppliers the information needed for good design decisions. The guide will also help suppliers to improve their system designs.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEfficiency for Access
Number of pages228
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023

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