During the 2011 season, a completely portable, inflatable potato storage unit has been developed and successfully put to use, providing a low cost, short-term solution for the crop. Potatoes are able to be stored for up to eight weeks at their point of harvest in conditions that replicate permanent, more expensive units.
Named the Airstore, this innovative design is produced using a specialist, “20-year life” fabric developed by Lindstrand Technologies Ltd (UK leader in pneumatic structures).
The structure is designed in modules, with main body sections of 10m in length, which can easily be joined to the required size, with a main and a personnel door appropriately placed. Two ventilation options are available, overhead for box storage and perforated surface level laterals for bulk stores, supplied by Welvent Ltd.