Solar powered cold chain

This solution was shared by PRE-LAUNCH RESEARCH TEAM , 14 May 2021

Print date: 14 April 2024 10:30

Description of the innovative solution

Cold chain Solar energy Postharvest technology Perishable food

Perishable foods, like fruits, vegetable, and animal source foods are nutrient-dense but are spoiled easily when not stored adequately, contributing to food loss and waste and price volatility. Solar powered cold units can prevent this issue in environments where electricity supply is unreliable or limited by improving storage quality and reducing post-harvest losses.

Supply chain segment

Handling, storage and transport/distribution

Maturity level

Gaining traction


Food safety Food availability Food affordability Climate mitigation

SDG target

SDG 2: Zero Hunger SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production SDG 13: Climate Action


Peri-urban Rural

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Cold rooms reducing food waste
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Article assessing what's needed to further scale solar-powered cold rooms and introducing challenges and solutions to market access of them.
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