Optimal conditions during storage and transport increase the chance that a product will reach the consumer in good condition. They also lead to lower energy consumption, less downtime in the chain and cost savings. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research provides companies with practical, easily-applicable advice on the optimal use of conditioning installations and conducts research into new storage systems.
How can you create optimal storage conditions without a large investment? Which cooling methods have the lowest environmental impact? Fruit, refrigeration and transport companies want to become more sustainable, without compromising product quality. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research advises on the purchase and installation of storage systems, and on their use and maintenance. From determining the desired product temperature at loading to the design of storage systems that operate on sustainable energy.
Most comprehensive research facility
For more than eighty years, Wageningen experts have been studying the science of measuring the quality and extending the shelf life of fresh produce. Expertise ranges from postharvest technology and robotics & computer vision techniques, to storage, agrologistics and packaging. Research takes place in the world's most comprehensive research facility for postharvest technology and agrofood robotics. Any question about the storage and transport of fresh products can be studied here at large and small scales: imagine a climate cell into which a large truck fits, or a mini-climate cell for individual products.
Quality improvement and sustainable cooling
Improving the quality of fruit and vegetables throughout the chain is the goal of the Fresh on Demand project. Experts from Wageningen are working together with companies on the smart use of (quality) information from different links in the chain. The ZoCool! project has developed a control system that extracts the maximum out of of solar energy to cool fresh produce. With just a small investment, this system can make the cooling process more sustainable, increase cooling capacity and maintain the quality of the cooled fresh produce. The cooling system operates quietly and uniformly, even with peaks and troughs in the cold demand and solar energy supply.
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Need energy-efficient storage under optimal conditions? Wageningen Food & Biobased Research provides practical, scientifically-based advice. Please contact us for a no-obligation meeting.