The effect of potato store operation on energy usage and weight loss

Devres Y., Bishop C.

POTATO RESEARCH, vol.38, no.3, pp.251-256, 1995 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 38 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/bf02359907
  • Title of Journal : POTATO RESEARCH
  • Page Numbers: pp.251-256


The effect of various storage parameters on the power usage and tuber weight loss for a fully refrigerated potato store were investigated. A computer model validated by detailed monitoring of potato stores was used for the calculations. The store parameters considered were: storage temperature, store relative humidify, local ambient conditions, store capacity or loading factor, half cooling time and the infiltration rate or air tightness of the store. The investigation showed that the power consumptin was most affected by the storage temperature and the infiltration rate of the store, and that weight loss was most affected by the half cooling time.