NIT- IIFPT develops cost effective cold storage system
Cold storage system is more helpful in completing the commodity chain until it reaches the consumers and helps in minimizing post-harvest losses.
National Institute of Technology and Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT), have jointly developed an energy-saving and cost-effective cold storage system. 2TR prototype solar-assisted mobile multi-commodity cold storage system to store fruits and vegetables is to be developed with DST (Department of Scientist and Technology) sponsorship.
Dr Mini Shaji Thomas, director of NIT-T said that “Their commitment is to bring farmers’ problem to the forefront.” She reminded the Institute tagline ‘locally relevant and globally competitive’ and insisted on impact education and sensitizing students towards agricultural problems.
Trichy G Ajeethan, managing director of Tamil Nadu Banana Producer Company Ltd, said that this project is more helpful in completing the commodity chain until it reaches the consumers and helps in doubling the farmer's income by minimizing post-harvest losses.
About cold storage system
N Sivakumaran, professor, event coordinator and one of the investigators of the project informed about cold storage system, “The storage system consists of two cold rooms and a chiller unit kept in between the cold rooms. The shelf life of fruits and vegetables can be increased by maintaining the temperature and humidity of the fruits and vegetables on the recommended range of standards. The uniqueness of the project is using the Low Melting Temperature Phase Change Material (PCM) to store and circulate in the cold storage rooms instead of direct evaporation of a refrigerant”.
The excess cold energy can be stored in the PCM and utilized in the absence of solar energy and grid. This is an energy-saving and cost-effective system when compared to the battery energy storage, he added.