TECH NEED

Innovative & Cost-Effective Cooling Technologies for Use in Tropical Retail Conditions

KEY INFORMATION

TECHNOLOGY CATEGORY:
Green Building - Heating, Ventilation & Air-conditioning
Foods - Quality & Safety
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TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVEL (TRL):
LOCATION:
Singapore
ID NUMBER:
TN174388

Background/Description

A multinational F&B company is seeking innovative and cost-effective cooling technologies for products at retail environments. Such products, particularly chocolates, require temperature control in order to maintain their quality, product characteristics and eat experience, especially in high tropical conditions (+40°C). At present, glass-panelled cooling equipment (visicoolers) of various capacities and configurations, ranging from counter-top to bigger models are used. The countertop models are the most often used as they are easy to adapt to smaller stores (15-60L).

Technology Specification

The company is seeking innovative cooling technologies and design solutions that can maintain temperature of 18-22°C in ambient temperatures of +40°C and with pull down time* < 4 hours. The current solution of visicoolers are subjected to stringent retail conditions like frequent opening and closing, heat loss through the glass doors, exposure to higher ambient temperature vs domestic refrigeration systems, so these must be kept in mind while designing any solution.

Solutions must be amenable to trade conditions, more specifically:

  • Have low footprint to fit on countertops (3-5 sqft); target capacity of 15-60L
  • Must be cost competitive vs. standard compressor cooling technology
  • Ensure visibility of product & branding
  • Require minimum intervention from retailer; (Plug and Play solution)
  • Is long lasting, easy to maintain, and scalable

*Time taken to bring load to specified temperature

WHAT WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN

  • Solutions that require effort and intervention from the retailer
  • Solutions that require significant skill to use
  • Me-too ideas with no meaningful advantage vs. current solution

Preferred Business Model

  • Business Collaboration (Joint Venture)
  • Licensing
  • Others
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