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New technology achieves improved potato storage

January 14, 2020  By Fruit and Vegetable

A new potato cellar design is about 60 per cent more efficient than a traditional cellar and has better air circulation, according to a news report by Colin Tiernan from Times-News. The 270,000-sack ExactAir cellar build is a joint effort between Gary Jones Construction and Double L based out of Mini-Cassia, ID.

Tiernan explains that while most potato cellars have a set of fans at one end that blast air down the entire length of the cellar, the ExactAir cellar has a set of fans along its sides and circulates air in sections. “In theory, the ExactAir cellar could be infinitely long — it would just have to have more fans along its sides,” Tiernan explains.

In addition to the side fans, the floor also has holes in it too to better help the circulation. The entire system can be run by a computerized monitoring system, where humidity and temperature adjustments can be made from a producer’s phone.

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