Eutectic cold

Rechargeable cooling

OLIVO eutectic plates are professional cold accumulators. All you have to do is freeze them and you’re ready to go. Simple, economical and effective refrigeration.

Choose the temperature of the eutectic plate from 7 eutectic liquids capable of handling negative (-20°C), positive (+2°C) or ambient (+20°C) preservation.

The terms eutectic cartridge, eutectic block, cooling gel or cooling pack are also used to designate the eutectic plate.
Discover a wide range of eutectic plates for refrigerating large-capacity ROLL-type isothermal containers or small-volume BOX-type isothermal packaging.

Our range of eutectic plates

Eutectic fluid

Seven qualities of eutectic liquid are available to maintain positive, negative or “hot” temperatures, in all climatic conditions of transport.

Choosing the right coolant pack for your needs involves combining the thermal capacity of the plate with the quality of the temperature restored. Don’t hesitate to contact us for advice:

choosing the plate temperature

to determine the number of eutectic plates to use

The temperature in an isothermal container refrigerated with cold eutectic plates can be maintained for up to 24 hours or more.

Long-lasting cold

OLIVO eutectic gels are non-toxic.

All OLIVO eutectic solutions are stable and do not degrade over time.

You can also use eutectic cartridges for an unlimited period of time, as they retain their cooling power.

Transparent cold

OLIVO has chosen to produce transparent envelopes because each eutectic solution is coloured. So if the label marking the eutectic plate becomes less legible over time, the colour of the eutectic solution speaks for itself. This is of particular interest to users who deal with two temperatures and need to distinguish between FRESH and FROST accumulators.

The cold accumulator casing is made of food-grade polyethylene.
For larger models, the shell is rotomoulded for greater strength. Integrated, moulded-in handles make them easy to handle.

The casing of small-format accumulators is blow-moulded to reduce weight.

Thermodynamic principle

OLIVO eutectic liquids are aqueous solutions containing mineral salts and refrigerants.

A eutectic solution is essentially a mixture of water and salts whose melting point (or freezing point) is constant and lower than that of water. For example, a -17°C eutectic liquid will melt (or solidify) at -17°C: its melting point is much lower than 0°C, the melting point of water.
The best-known eutectic is the water/salt mixture: salting roads in winter lowers the freezing temperature of the road surface.

When a pure liquid thaws (changes state), its temperature remains constant until the liquid has completely melted.
The capacity of a eutectic liquid is similar: to restore a constant temperature (that of the melting point) throughout its thawing (change of state).
The quality of a eutectic solution is judged by the stability of its temperature range. As it thaws, the eutectic liquid slowly releases its cold to a perfectly stable temperature. This is called a temperature plateau because if we measure the temperature of a -17°C eutectic liquid during the thawing phase, the temperature curve is flat and continuous at the fixed temperature of -17°C.
The quality of a eutectic solution is defined by the cooling power it provides during thawing and by the stability of its temperature plateau.

Accumulate to restore

The operation of a cold accumulator is very simple. The eutectic plate is frozen before being placed inside the isothermal container.

During the freezing phase, the eutectic liquid accumulates cold. This is why the eutectic plate is often referred to as a cold accumulator.

Once placed in the isothermal box, the plate releases the cold accumulated during the freezing process, providing a constant, regulated cold inside the container.
The eutectic plate is recharged by freezing for further use.

The eutectic plate(s) should be placed at the top of the container, above the product load if possible. OLIVO isothermal containers have internal grooves to optimise natural convection inside the isothermal container and allow the cold air from the eutectic plate to circulate around and through the load being transported.

Freezing the plates

The eutectic liquid must be perfectly frozen and solidified before using the eutectic plate. Without deep freezing, the eutectic liquid will not accumulate enough calories and its cooling power will be degraded.

At what temperature should the plate be frozen? The freezing temperature of the eutectic plate must be at least 5°C below the melting temperature of the eutectic liquid. For example, a -17°C eutectic plate, i.e. one with a melting point of -17°C, should be frozen at a minimum of -22°C.

To speed up freezing, the eutectic plates should be separated from each other inside the freezing chamber. Stacking them without cold circulation considerably increases their freezing time.

The correct freezing of cold accumulators can be checked either visually if the envelope is transparent, or dynamically by shaking the accumulator; any movement resulting in a liquid or semi-liquid state indicates that the eutectic solution is not frozen through.

The freezing time can vary from 6 to 24 hours depending on the refrigeration cabinet used. A double set of eutectic plates gives you immediate availability of cold, with one set being permanently recharged.

Handling eutectic plates

For farms using a large number of cold accumulators, it is important to plan their management.

OLIVO offers plate trolleys that can be used in a number of ways:

Using hot eutectic plates

Hot plate is probably not the right word, since OLIVO hot eutectic plates can maintain an interior temperature of between +15°C and +25°C in extreme conditions, whether very cold or very hot.

The hot plate is used in the same way as a cold eutectic plate. Its preparation before use is different.

In winter conditions (-10°C) :

Summer conditions (+35°C ambient)