Solar Powered Cold Storage Could Provide Relief During Humanitarian and Natural Disasters

A 50-year old company has a solution to provide clean drinking water and power for regions that were hard-hit by the hurricanes last fall. Aldelano Solar Cold Chain solutions is in the process of providing off-grid refrigeration, water generation and power generation equipment to Antiqua, Barbuda and the British Virgin Islands.

The company’s products, SolarColdBox, Solar Chiller, SolarWaterMaker and SolarPowerPak are made in the U.S. and use the power of the sun to provide cold water and cold storage in a portable, modular solution.

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Countries that are facing a humanitarian crisis are also using its solutions. The company told Renewable Energy World that its boxes are used for ongoing humanitarian purposes in underdeveloped areas to combat sickness and disease, to reduce post-harvest losses, which can be as high as 40 – 60 percent, and to provide independence to a location or community by putting them in control of their own resources. 

Natural or humanitarian disasters can lead to outbreaks of infectious diseases, where there is an absence or lack of fresh drinking water and electricity. Aldelano said that its designs help to prevent and control sickness and disease that can wipe out families and destroy nations. It is currently finalizing orders for Nigeria and Angola and in discussions on several other locations in Africa and the Middle East.

The designs solve a global and humanitarian crisis; bringing relief and infrastructure by supplying clean drinking water, refrigeration/freezing cold storage [to avoid food waste], and renewable power to any village or entire community.

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The company said that the cost of the boxes is usually born by the government or the recipient. The boxes start at $30,000.

Aldelano is currently expanding its operations in Tennessee and is looking at potential other manufacturing locations in the U.S.  

Learn more about Aldelano by playing the video below.

Lead image credit Aldelano.

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Jennifer Runyon
Jennifer Runyon is chief editor of and Renewable Energy World magazine, coordinating, writing and/or editing columns, features, news stories and blogs for the publications. She also serves as conference chair of Renewable Energy World International Conference and Expo. Formerly, she was the managing editor of Innovate Forum, an online publication that focused on innovation in manufacturing. Prior to that she was the managing editor at Desktop Engineering magazine. In 2008, she won an "Eddy Award" for her editing work on an article about solar trees in Vienna. In 2010, was awarded an American Business Media Neal Award for its eNewsletters, which were created under her direction. She holds a Master's Degree in English Education from Boston University and a BA in English from the University of Virginia.

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