THE PERFORMANCE OF AN ICE BANK COOLING SYSTEM FOR USE IN VEGETABLE STORAGE
In an ice bank cooling system for a vegetable store, a small refrigeration unit is used continuously to make ice in a large tank of water. Chilled water surrounding the ice is sprayed into the air used to cool the store and the warmed water is returned to the tank where it is cooled again by melting ice. In this way, the capital cost of the cooling equipment can be reduced, a varying demand for heat removal is satisfied and air at high humidity is supplied to the store to avoid crop dehydration.
An ice bank system powered by a 750 W refrigeration plant was used in experiments to cool air that had been artificially heated and humidified and the amount of heat removed from the air and the power required are given.