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  • India: solar-powered micro cold rooms

    Solar-powered micro cold rooms using phase-change materials could be a solution for small farmers in India.

    • Publication date : 2017/08/25
    • Subjects: Developing country
  • Booming cold storage industry in Brazil

    The total capacity of Brazilian public refrigerated warehouses (PRW), which was less than 100,000 m3 in 1970 exceeds 4 million m3. The main reason of this boom is rapid growth of the agribusiness sector. Brazil has the world's largest commercial...

    • Publication date : 2008/07/11
  • China cold chain industry expected to boom

    With the sustained economic development, fast increase in demand for food, drugs and cosmetics, cold chain logistics industry in China will undergo a rapid growth.

    • Publication date : 2016/08/07
    • Subjects: Figures, economy
  • ICCC2020 highlights: Benefits of IoT technologies for cold chain management

    Internet of Things and cloud services are promising solutions for smart management and maintenance of the multiple cold rooms of supermarket chains.

    • Publication date : 2020/10/22
  • Brief: WHO

    WHO has donated three walk-in vaccine storage cold rooms worth 1.5 million birr (over 140 000 €) to Ethiopia. Two of the 30 m3 cold rooms were installed in Addis Ababa and the other in Mekele. They will be used to store USD 5 million worth of...

    • Publication date : 2005/10/26
  • Briefs: Sustainable fishery in Namibia

    Since November 2009, Hangana Seafood has a new pre-sorting facility in Walvis Bay harbour, Namibia, which uses ammonia as a refrigerant. The 2800 m² sorting facility has a 0°C chill room for holding unsorted fish, two 16°C temperature-controlled...

    • Publication date : 2011/02/04
  • CO2 applications: First commercial CO2 system in Latin America

    Last April Verdemar supermarket chain inaugurated its fifth store in the suburb of Jardim Canada, Nova Lima -Minas Gerais, Brazil. It is the first Latin American supermarket that uses carbon dioxide as a refrigerant. Its Skyrack Breeze, developed...

    • Publication date : 2011/02/07
  • Berry efficient chilling

    The storage and transport of berries has come a long way since they were transported by an iced horse cart in 1843. Today, growers in the Pajaro Valley from the Berry Bowl label are breaking in a brand new USD 2 million state-of-the-art flash...

    • Publication date : 2005/09/30
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    Cold temperatures, a potential ally against cancer

    Exposure to cold temperatures can reduce tumour growth by slowing down the glucose metabolism of cancer cells. 

    • Publication date : 2022/09/28
    • Subjects: Technology
  • Briefs: Losing weight thanks to cooling?

    Could cold temperatures become a way to lose weight? Three recent studies underline the role of brown adipose tissue (BAT) in burning fat to produce heat and regulate body temperature. Human adults were previously thought to be lacking BAT. All...

    • Publication date : 2009/08/13
  • Briefs: cryogenic labels

    In order to identify specimens for forensic investigations, medical research or blood, plasma and semen donations, reliable identification is vital. Labels used for deep-frozen material need to be durable and legible and must remain where they are...

    • Publication date : 2008/10/25
  • Climate control for your desk

    We are used to taking command of our personal climate in planes and cars by using simple controls. Why not in buildings too? A study of the effect of installing individual air-conditioning vents at office desks, and putting controls at each...

    • Publication date : 2010/03/07
  • Data centre cooling

    Data processing environments were estimated in 2006 to consume about 1.5% of the total electricity in the US. Data centre power consumption has roughly doubled in the last 5 years and is expected to double again in the next 5 years to more than...

    • Publication date : 2009/02/25
  • Out of the ordinary: Cool stays

    Looking for a refreshingly cool place to stay? Ice hotels in Swedish Lapland and Quebec , Canada make a refreshing change. The Ice Hotel inJukkasjärvi, Sweden, is built (and rebuilt each year) from 10 000 tons of ice and 30 000 tons of snow; it...

    • Publication date : 2005/02/11
  • CO2 Supermarkets

    The journal Die Kälte und Klimatechnik has just produced an article on the opening of a supermarket using refrigeration installations for the first time running on direct expansion CO2 with both medium and low temperatures in Wettingen,...

    • Publication date : 2005/10/26
  • Hydrocarbon refrigerants

    Hydrocarbons such as R290 (propane), R600a (isobutane) or R1270 (propene/propylene) are low GWP non-toxic natural refrigerants with excellent thermodynamic properties. They offer an...

    • Last update : 2022/06/22
    • Langues : French, English
    • Themes : Hydrocarbons, Containment, refrigerant charge reduction
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    Global cold storage capacity

    This table presents the cold storage capacity in about 50 countries, based on data from the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA).

    • Last update : 2021/12/06
    • Langues : English
    • Themes : Refrigerated storage: economics and statistics
  • Global HFC emissions from the refrigeration sector

    This table shows HFC emissions from the refrigeration sector – including air conditioning – in million tonnes of CO2 equivalent for about 40 countries that are signatories...

    • Last update : 2022/01/20
    • Langues : English
    • Themes : General information on environment (climate change, ozone depletion…)
  • Cryogenics in the pharmaceutical industry: drug design and bioavailability improvement

    Research activities in the pharmaceutical sector focus primarily on developing novel drug formulations which can elicit the desired response upon being administered to the patient...

    • Last update : 2022/11/21
    • Langues : French, English
    • Themes : Freeze-drying in biology and medicine, Cryobiology, cryomedicine: general information