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What is dry ice?

Dry ice is carbon dioxide in the solid phase. The raw material for the production of dry ice is carbon dioxide in the liquid form. The production of these liquid gases is a complex process of technologies and procedures, in which continuity of supply of the product and compliance with safety standards are important.

Dry ice resembles water ice, but differs on crucial points. For example, dry ice contains no water and is therefore ‘dry’ in substance. In the transition from solid to liquid form, water ice turns into water while dry ice as a whole turns into gas. The material contains no water/moisture, inhibits bacterial growth and is completely odorless and tasteless.

For an optimal cooled transport result you can choose to transport your goods with dry ice in well insulating and gas permeable EPS boxes. The EcoCoolBox is also suitable for transport with dry ice. However, you will need a bag to put the dry ice in.

Is dry ice suitable for your application?

When you want to transport goods at a temperature below freezing point, dry ice is a good option. Dry ice has a cooling capacity that is three times that of water ice. The maximum duration of transport under cooled conditions depends on the amount of dry ice you add, together with various external conditions.

You use the optimal capacity of the dry ice when you put it into use shortly after receiving it. Because dry ice sublimates (transforms to the gaseous form), nothing will remain of it after a while. Even if you leave the packaging unopened. With a box of 25 kg you can count on a purchase of 4 kg after 24 hours. Depending on the season and the ambient temperature, this can be a little more or less.

Pay attention when transporting by airplane: here is a maximum of the amount of dry ice that is allowed. Is dry ice not the solution for you, but do you want to transport below freezing? Then you can consider our cooling plates (-15 degrees Celsius). Also gel packs or cooling elements with Phase Change Material can be a solution.

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