Sun's rays to provide solution to cold storage issues

Post by Kevin Jackson on 22nd May 2013 in Technology

Sun's rays to provide solution to cold storage issues

Researchers in America have come up with a new way of keeping food chilled in hot countries.

Scientists at the University of Cincinnati and a number of industry partners have come up with a new cold storage device powered by solar energy.

According to a report by Huffington Post, the SolerCool has been designed for use on farms in India. The units, which are about the size of a garden shed, can be transported to individual farmsteads by truck with ease.   

A batch of eight solar photovoltaic panels on the roof of the unit is used to convert energy from the sun into direct current electricity which is stored in deep-cycle batteries. This energy can then be steadily released to ensure continued operation day and night.

A report by the London-based Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME) published at the start of the year claimed that 21 million tonnes of wheat goes to waste every year in India as a result of a lack of suitable storage and infrastructure.

The 'Global Food Waste Not Want Not' report called for authorities in India and governments in developing countries affected by similar issues, to introduce better technology and food storage facilities.

Further tests are expected to take place before a commercial rollout of the technology begins.

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