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Supercooling Foods in Residential Refrigerators

Request Number N875237
Author Kevin Andrews
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Haier seeks partners with mature technologies to supercool foods in residential refrigerators.



Supercooling is the process by which a liquid is cooled below with its freezing point without becoming a solid.  In foods, this means that the foodstuff is held below water’s freezing point without ice crystal formation occurring.  There have been recent publications that indicate storing foods in a supercooled state may extend their shelf life and reduce energy consumption.


Haier would like to identify mature supercooling technologies that can incorporated with little or no development work into existing refrigerator lines. 


Conceptual or early stage solutions are not of interest.


Key Success Criteria
Successful responses will:
  • Supercool foods such as meat, fish, or produce to temperatures between -1 to -5°C
  • Be suitable for direct food contact and for use in a residential setting


Possible Approaches

Haier is open to all mature approaches that are capable of achieving the performance goals above.


Approaches not of interest
The following technologies or approaches are not of interest:
  • Approaches that cannot be accommodated within the dimensions of standard refrigerators
  • Approaches that adversely impact food appearance, taste, or quality 


Preferred Collaboration types
  • Joint Development
  • Contract Research
  • Technology Licensing
  • Supply Agreement
  • To Be Negotiated
Items to be submitted

We are looking for concise non-confidential proposals, statements of expertise or other enquiries if your expertise fits our needs. Please note that only non-confidential information can be accepted. The proposal should also provide us with appropriate contact information in order to help us keep update with solution providers.
For all responses please indicate your preferred collaboration approach (eg supply, joint development, research) and capabilities (eg research, concepts, prototype, small scale manufacture, large scale manufacture).  
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Point of Contact
Kevin Andrews
Area of Interest
  • Commercial & Industrial Design
  • Family & Consumer Products & Services
  • Appliances
  • Household Goods
  • Food & Beverage
  • Other
  • Manufacturing & Fabrication
  • Original Equipment Manufacturers
Due Date
December 30, 2016
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