Commercial Refrigeration Sunshine Coast
Along the Sunshine Coast, you can find more facilities that feature a cold room or freezer room to house food, electronic devices, and other items that are sensitive to the heat. Thanks to advances in commercial refrigeration, the creation of more equipment that can handle the cooler temperatures is a growing industry. Mobile Cold rooms hire and Freezer Rooms hire are the most popular to for sporting events and music festivals.
One of the more important aspects of operating certain types of equipment in colder areas is the use of batteries. How batteries operate in such conditions will help you choose the right type for your needs.
Batteries for the Cold Room Freezer Room
It should be noted that all types of batteries will operate in cold rooms or freezer rooms. From traditional lead-acid batteries that are often used in vehicles to the newer lithium-ion batteries along with thin-plate pure lead types can work even when the temperatures drop considerably. However, their performance is generally affected by the cold even if they still can operate.
This is because these types of batteries use a chemical process to tap the energy. That chemical process works better in warmer conditions. Cold will make the batteries operate in a more sluggish fashion and they will degrade faster compared to batteries at room temperatures.
Lead-Acid: These traditional batteries are best used in a continual fashion when in cold environments. This is because they tend to heat up when in use and cool down when inactive. The longer they stay cold, the tougher it is for them to heat up and tap the energy inside. In cold temperatures, lead-acid batteries will lose from 30% to 50% of their energy capacity.
Lithium-Ion: These batteries tend to work better in cold environment compared to lead-acid, but they are still vulnerable to losing capacity. That is why some devices that operate in a cold room or freezer room that use lithium-ion batteries will have separate heater units to keep the capacity up. Because the heating is separate from the battery itself, it does not pull from the overall capacity.
There are companies that have introduced batteries specifically designed to operate in cold storage areas. This means that they can operate at temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius. You can select batteries that are designed for cold rooms and those designed for a freezer room.
Because they are designed for low temperatures, the chemical interaction needed to provide power operates at a higher efficiency compared to traditional lead-acid and lithium-ion versions. Another advantage that such batteries bring is that they require less maintenance to function. This means that while they may be more expensive to purchase, they can last longer with less maintenance compared to standard batteries. Check with your refrigeration mechanic what repairs will be needed and set up a maintenance program once batteries are chosen.
As e-commerce grows and the need for more cold storage areas expands, low maintenance batteries designed for frigid environments will become more in-demand. In fact, despite the restrictions placed by Covid-19, the demand is already growing.
The construction of a cold room or freezer room that uses commercial refrigeration needs equipment that can stand the reduced temperatures. For business owners in the Sunshine Coast, such equipment is now available and widely used.
Contact Best Refrigeration for any advice on the construction or hire of Cold Rooms and all refrigeration equipment and repairs.