Mechanical cooling is the answer to the demand for longer and better storage of agro products such as carrots, onions, potatoes, and leeks. The quality of apples, pears, and soft fruit is also better preserved. With mechanical storage you are no longer dependent on the weather conditions, so the storage conditions are always optimal for your product. The quality is maintained and due to the longer storage time, you can better respond to price developments in the market.
With traditional ventilation technology, effective cooling is not always possible because you depend on the outside air conditions. It is often too hot or too humid outside to cool your product properly. Outside air that is too dry also has its disadvantages, because it causes too much dehydration of your product. This dependence on weather conditions can be disastrous for your business operations. Due to this uncertainty and fluctuations in storage conditions, you may have to bring your products to market early, even if the price is not optimal.
Mechanical cooling makes the process of drying, cooling, and storage more efficient and reduces the excessive dehydration of your product. Our specialists make sure that mechanical cooling technology is completely tailored to your product. The system adjusts when conditions such as temperature and humidity change. With this type of product storage, you do no longer depend on the outside temperature. Mechanical cooling continuously ensures the right conditions and maintains a high quality of your product.
Growers looking for a solution to the ban on the chemical sprout inhibitor chlorpropham will find the necessary alternative in mechanical cooling. Not the sprout inhibitor, but the stable storage conditions keep potatoes calm so that less is needed of the often more expensive organic sprout inhibitors. Also, the closed storage environment ensures that the sprout inhibitor is not wasted, which would be the case if the storage room is ventilated with the outside air.
We build tailor-made mechanical cooling concepts that allow you to store your products for longer without losing quality. We don’t only do this for potatoes and onions, but also for arable products such as carrots, cabbage, chicory, mushrooms, leeks, apples, pears, and soft fruit.
Mechanical cooling and the use of natural refrigerants, such as ammonia, CO2 and propane, make it possible to save considerably on energy costs. Many agricultural companies have already seen their energy consumption decrease through the use of natural refrigerants. These refrigerants are environmentally friendly, so you also contribute to sustainable production in the agricultural chain which is becoming increasingly important for the buyers of your product.
From 2022, no new cooling installations may be built with synthetic refrigerants. Our research department continuously conducts intensive research for suitable and safe applications of natural refrigerants in both small and large installations. The safe use of natural refrigerants requires a lot of technical knowledge and experience.
By investing in a storage cooling with natural refrigerants, companies are eligible for the Energy Investment Allowance (EIA). This is highly beneficial for you as an agricultural entrepreneur. We are happy to assist exploring these opportunities for you.
If you are interested in our solution but are currently unable to invest in sustainable technology, then ENGIE will help you. In addition to design and realization, ENGIE can also help you finance and operate it. This way, you will immediately benefit from lower energy costs and sustainable entrepreneurship. Explore the options.