Forced Air Cooling – Field Trial Report

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2016: $129,514.00
Projected End Date: 10/31/2019
Grant Recipient: University of Vermont
Region: Northeast
State: Vermont
Project Leader:
Christopher Callahan
University of Vermont Extension
Description:
This is a summary of field trials conducted using the forced air coolers on 6 crops. We performed a series of precooling trials using small-scale forced air coolers to cool eggplant, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, zucchini, and roasting peppers. The forced air cooling was done in parallel with standard room cooling and was shown to result in cooling rates ranging from 1.2 to 2.2 times faster than room cooling. This test demonstrated the feasibility and benefit of simple forced air cooling systems to smaller scale farms.
Types:
Article/Newsletter/Blog, Fact Sheet
File:
Authors:
Christopher Callahan, UVM Extension
Andrew Chamberlin, UVM Extension
Target audiences:
Farmers/Ranchers; Educators
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Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.