ICE. It may go well with a cold beer or a tub of prawns, but not the climate in Rockhampton.

Ben Rogers, the director of CQ Dry Ice Solutions, knows that too well.

When he first started producing dry ice out of his Rockhampton business he was losing 600kg of his product a day because of the difficulties with storage and heat.

To solve this problem the innovative company has engineered a specially designed freezer which can hold dry ice in its natural form by balancing temperature and atmosphere pressure.

Until now dry ice could not be stored for longer than a day without losing product, but Ben said their freezer would hold it in its natural form for 10 months.

He spent four years developing the freezer and the last year doing trials and testing, and has now struck a deal with Puma to roll them out at four service stations across Rockhampton and Yeppoon.

INNOVATION: Ben Rogers from CQ Dry Ice Solutions has developed a way to store dry ice for long periods of time and is looking for funding to roll out his product across Australia.
INNOVATION: Ben Rogers from CQ Dry Ice Solutions has developed a way to store dry ice for long periods of time and is looking for funding to roll out his product across Australia. Chris Ison Rokcdryice

If successful, he hopes to expand nationwide, especially in regional areas, to give control of the industry to the public instead of big companies.

He hopes to roll it out by December, but first needs to raise $70,000 to build three more machines.

Dry Ice Solutions has already raised $45,000 but has set up a crowdfunding page for assistance.

Ben said their dry ice would complement the regular party ice staple already found at service stations.

To donate visit http://www.indiegogo.com/ projects/dry-ice-storage- freezers-gas-fuel-stations#/.

Donate

$10: They will donate $2 to the Chat Room to feed homeless people over the Christmas period

$25: Receive a personalised stubby cooler as a thank you

$50: Name or company name will go on the freezer, which has a life of 10 years and will be placed in service stations across the country



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