How is ammonia refrigeration used today?
Ammonia refrigeration has been the backbone of the cold storage and food processing industries since the early 1900s. Ammonia refrigeration is the most cost effective and energy efficient method of processing and storing frozen and unfrozen foods. It is the workhorse for the post-harvest cooling of fruits and vegetables, the cooling of meat, poultry, and fish, refrigeration in the beverage industry, particularly for beer and wine, refrigeration of milk and cheese, and the freezing of ice cream. Practically all fruits, vegetables, produce and meats, as well as many beverages and juices, pass through at least one facility that uses an ammonia refrigeration system before reaching our homes. Ammonia refrigeration is also used in the chemical industry.