"We are very concerned about the situation in Ukraine. Originally we planned an interview with our Ukrainian client, who recently installed a large drying room with 1.5 tons drying capacity per batch. Our partner is located in Kharkov and we have not been able to connect with him for over seven days. Kharkov is a place where heavy fighting is taking place, and we very afraid for him and his family's safety. Ukraine is a large agricultural producer. Besides wheat and corn, the country also exports fruits, including cherry, apples, pears, plum and raspberry," says Jennifer, export manager at Zhongshan AIM Energy Saving Technology Co., Ltd .
Jennifer continues: "Because of the war in Ukraine, oil and gas prices have surged. High old and gas prices make traditional drying processes more expensive and lower returns. Our heat pump technology is highly energy efficient, and operates with low power consumption. Currently we are developing a new project with a Chilean walnut grower. Chile is the second largest walnut producer in the world, after China which is the largest producer. The walnut drying season starts in April. Our first machine will start operation next month, then we can measure how much costs we will safe for our partner."
"In our estimations we can save up to 80% of electricity currently used to dry. We expect the client's electricity consumption with our newly installed drying rooms at only 20% of their former total electricity consumption. This will create substantial benefits for our client."
AIM's new walnut dry room installation installed in Chile
AIM ships the complete machine by container to its clients. Connections with existing drying rooms are designed before production and installation. The company designs and manufactures energy efficient heat pump dryers. The company's technology can be used to dry fresh fruits and vegetables. Due to its unique technology, drying is done with low energy use. Its machines come in different sizes, with capacities ranging from 50kg to 100 tons, suitable for small, mid-sized and large sized growers. The company's head offices are located in Guangdong, in Southern China.
"Our condensation technology enables us to dry products energy efficiently. As a food dehydrator, our machine will save up to 75% of energy, at low temperatures, gently and with short drying cycles for fruits and vegetables dehydrating. The principle of our machine is similar to those principles behind air conditioning systems. It runs on electric power for heating. The main principal is energy transfer: we do not create heating, but instead we transfer the energy. Like air-conditioning, we transfer energy from outdoor to indoor. Our drying temperatures are no higher than 80 degree Celsius. That is why in our machines the materials retain their good shape and flavors. The drying principle is not freeze-drying, but heat drying. We increase the temperature, but, in contrast to traditional machines, energy consumption remains low: only 25% compared to traditional heat drying techniques. Even in cold areas our machines still work very energy efficiently," concludes Jennifer.
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