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Polycool laterals in Europe

Thursday 12th February 2015

Polycool laterals working well keeping the Popz Popping corn grain store at the correct temperature.

LateralPopz were looking for a system that would allow for the ambient air drying of harvested corn over a three month period at their European facility in Hungary. Corn for popping can not be dried at high temperatures as this alters the chemistry in the grain and consistent popping does not always occur

POPZ had three low volume drying silos that would cope with all of the drying work in an average harvest. High yielding, wet harvests stretched this system and they were keen to explore how they could convert existing floor storage into drying capacity when needed.

Following a site visit by Rob White to their storage and grading plant in Hungary in July of 2014, POPZ placed an order for 90 x 6m x 450mm lengths of Polycool ducting to dry corn on three floors. Each floor would consist of 10 duct runs of 18m in length joined to a tunnel that would be blown by two 15kW fans.

Corn would be dried down slowly by 2-3% over an 8-12 week period. Low levels of heat can be introduced if needed.

Popcorn facts: Popcorn is able to pop because, its kernels have a hard moisture-sealed hull and a dense starchy interior. When heated, pressure builds within the kernel, and a small explosion (or "pop") is the end result. Some strains of corn are now cultivated specifically as popping corns.

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