Refrigerator head pressure reduction - Caernarvon Orchard

Publisher: 
Australian Government
Date: 
September 2014
Authors: 
Apple and Pear Australia Ltd
Type: 

At the JW Kirkwood Ticehurst Orchard in Tasmania, 58% of  the annual electricity spend of around $90,000 is for refrigeration of its cool rooms and other systems. In WA, Newton Brothers packhouse and cold storage spends 70% of its $350,000 annual electricity costs on cold storage.  Both could save money by reducing the head pressure in their refrigeration units. this would cost around $5000, save between $2500 and $3500 a year and have a payback period of just 1-2 years.