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Hi-tech cold storage is in

india Updated: Nov 05, 2006 01:16 IST

ENERGY efficiency has become the new buzzword among cold storage chains operational across the State.

A majority of 1,251 cold storage owners are currently dismantling the cooling technology of the 1970s with the state-of-the-art cooling systems leading to substantial reduction in power consumption bills. The cold storages in the State generally store items ranging from potatoes, green vegetables to meat and poultry.

Cold Storage Association of UP president Mahendra Swarup told HT, the cold storages technology of 1970s was sourced from Myanmar (Burma). It needed massive power to run the cold storages and the owners had to pay inflated electricity bills.

“The current spate of technology upgradation taking place in the cold storage industry is leading to almost 50 per cent reduction in electricity cost per unit consumed at the cold storages,” he said

He said a quintal of agro-produce stored in a cold storage earlier required 8 units of power per hour to maintain the desired temperature. With the latest technology such as high speed compressors and coil-based cooling systems, the electricity costs have come down to Rs 4 to 4.5 per unit per hour, he said
“The cooling systems being installed at the cold storages are indigenous, so there is a huge cost-saving on importing cooling systems,” Swarup said.

“The high cost of electricity in UP warranted innovative technology solutions which could drastically lower down the cost of electricity bills substantially as cold storages need high quality uninterrupted power to operate at the optimum level”, he said.

He said that a significant aspect of the entire technology upgradation projects being taken up by cold storage owners is the willingness of the banks to fund purchases of new equipment in the State.

All cold storage owners are now focusing on “Return on Investment” (RoI) for the technology upgradations they are taking up in their facilities as both agri and retail boom in the country is set to significantly increase the demand for cold storages in the coming days, Swarup added.