By Greg P Flynn
Refrigerated storage ends up being one of the more costly and unavoidable expenses for many businesses that require a temperature controlled space for produce, goods or products. It can be incredibly frustrating for any business that needs a cold space – especially when you throw other factors like transport, future expansion plans and relocation into the mix. It’s important to have a good look at the different options available before making a decision on which one will be best for your business.
Exploring your options
While freezer rooms are expensive, requiring dedicated space and with a sometimes-lengthy build time, most companies haven’t had a lot of choice. More recently, refrigerated containers have become a popular alternative to temperature controlled storage rooms, many finding the added functionality and lower cost incredibly appealing.
Types of refrigerated storage containers
There are a number of different refrigerated container options to suit any business’ needs. Just because you don’t need a 40ft model with dual temperature controls doesn’t mean there isn’t a model that will work for you. Take a look at some of the different methods of refrigeration both on the ground and in transit.
Cryogenically cooled refrigeration containers make use of frozen carbon dioxide ice to maintain a specific temperature throughout a journey. As the ice melts, the gas evaporates and cools the container before being vented out. Cryogenic freezing is often used for longer journeys, as the method is able to keep stored goods cool for over two weeks.
For static storage, most containers will offer an electric cooling feature. Just plug them in and leave them to do their job. Because energy efficiency is a major concern it is something that is constantly being worked on; the energy usage of a refrigerated container is a lot lower than that of a cold room with a high level of insulation and specific size to maintain temperature within.
For extra stability and reliability, redundant refrigeration is a common cold container solution. Two different sets of fuel-powered units are placed at either end of the container, automatically stopping and starting to ensure a constant, consistent environment. If one of the generators does fail, its backup is there to take its place.
Refrigerated storage containers have long been used in transport and are growing in popularity as cool room replacement options. Standard container sizes are in 20ft and 40ft to suit mobility or extra storage space depending on your needs. Some businesses even opt to use two 20ft containers in place of a 40ft to allow easier transport.
Don’t waste your money and time constructing a cold room and don’t invest in expensive refrigeration trucks to ship your produce. Explore your options, and invest in a refrigerated storage container to take care of your mobile and static cold storage needs, save your business money and facilitate future growth and expansion.
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