Matsu Chilling Systems has worked with Global Fodder Solutions to design and manufacture a process cooling system used to support the export of Global Fodder’s Excel Module to a challenging agricultural environment. Global Fodder Solutions manufactures climate controlled Barley Grass, growing modules inside shipping containers, providing a secure source of fodder for live stock in places where traditional grazing lands or fodder production is unreliable.
Global Fodder’s Excel Module is a fully self contained portable machine which operates independently of the external climatic conditions. With 90% of the process cooling systems currently operating in the Middle East, the Excel Module’s can operate reliably with outside temperatures reaching above 50°C and are designed to function in climates reaching down to -25°C. The heating, cooling and air purification technology, lighting and water management enable trays of fully grown fresh fodder to be produced in a seven day cycle; providing a constant supply of fresh fodder in every season. The Excel Module also has a unique feature which allows the process cooling systems to recycle up to 70% of their daily water usage.
The harsh climate of Saudi Arabia in the Middle East presents significant problems for growing food for livestock. The ability of Global Fodder Solutions to provide pesticide and herbicide free natural fodder in dry, hot areas relies heavily on reliable chilling equipment to maintain container temperature at a safe level to inhibit the growth of dangerous bacteria which would affect livestock. Summit Matsu Chillers was selected to design and manufacture process cooling systems to fit within the shipping containers.
Matt Reid, Construction Manager at Global Fodder’s Saudi Arabia site, explained the consequences of unreliable cooling equipment; “If the climate inside the containers were to exceed 18.6° Celsius, we would see an outbreak of bacteria on the root mat of our grass, which is extremely harmful to cattle. If cattle were to die, our brand name in the Middle East would be ruined”. To ensure that their process cooling systems are reliable, Summit Matsu Chillers use high quality parts and equipment in the creation of their refrigeration units. “Certainly there are cheaper cooling options on the market especially when you consider companies that import and resell their process cooling systems” Daniel Rollston, General Manager of Summit Matsu commented, “but when it comes down to it, I think most businesses would prefer to pay a bit more for a quality machine which they know is made from high quality parts, especially when the cost of a break down or fault would be disastrous both economically and for the company’s reputation”.
Summit Matsu Chillers worked closely with Global Fodder Solutions in the design stage to provide a process cooling solution that would fit within the confines of the machinery cabinet situated within the shipping container. The process cooling system for each shipping container was comprised of a compressor and condenser unit producing 6kW of cooling. The condensing unit measured only 1 meter long, 56cm deep and 43cm high to maximise the internal space available for the fodder to be grown.
Based in Sydney, Summit Matsu Chillers engineers are experienced and have the knowledge and skills to create customised solutions for a comprehensive range of cooling needs. The benefits of having a locally based company extended even further for Global Fodder said Mr Reid as “having their engineers come and see us at our manufacturing facility was great too. [It] made things a lot easier”. Summit Matsu Chillers offers reliable process cooling systems with high quality components, extensive industry experience and technical expertise as well as a commitment to reducing power consumption.