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The Pack ‘N Cool
NC State developed a mobile refrigerated unit – the “Pack ‘N Cool” – that agricultural producers can use as a model for constructing their own units. The unit combines the mobility of a cargo trailer with the refrigeration capabilities of a commercial cooler in a more cost-efficient package.

Cool and Ship: A Low-Cost, Portable Forced-air Cooling Unit
This NC State Extension publication provides descriptions and plans to build a system that provides rapid cooling for modest amounts of small fruit. It is versatile, portable, reusable, easy to assemble, and inexpensive.

CoolBot 
This website features the CoolBot which is used as a programmed micro-controller to direct an air conditioner’s compressor so that you can keep your flowers and farm produce thermostatically controlled.

The Portacooler
Designed for use in the field, this portable precooler will reduce field heal of berries and vegetables immediately after picking. This design and plan were engineered by USDA.

Postharvest publication series

A series of postharvest commodity resources developed by NC State’s Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, which includes information on cooling, handling, and packaging of produce.

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