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.  

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Lead image credit Aldelano.

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Jennifer Runyon
Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. You can reach her at Today, in addition to managing content on Renewable Energy World and POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference and expo for the transmission and distribution industry. In her role, she works in close cooperation with a large team of committed industry executives to shape the educational content for the event. She also helps assemble the renewable energy content for POWERGEN and helped launch the first Grid-Scale Storage Summit, a co-located event at HYDROVISION International. She has traveled to Germany to see onshore and offshore wind installations; Iceland to see geothermal energy in action; and France to see cutting-edge smart grids. In the U.S. she has visited and reported about bioenergy power plants in Florida, both large-scale and small-scale hydropower; and multiple wind farms, solar PV, and CSP installations. 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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