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IIT-Madras develops portable Cold Storage device

Published on November 14, 2018
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has developed a portable solar-powered Cold Storage device with 500 kg capacity for storing vegetables and fruits, among other items.
IIT-Madras develops portable Cold Storage device
  • The device will help farmers store their produce for sufficient time so that it does not get spoilt before it is sold, thereby preventing wastage of agricultural produce. 
  • The first unit of the device was deployed at a farm in Madurantakam in the Kancheepuram district in Tamil Nadu.

About the Solar-powered Cold Storage device:

  • It has been developed under a project funded by Department of Science and Technology (Ministry of Science and Technology) and IIT-M.
  • It provides storage facility with temperature ranging between 4 and 10 Degrees Celsius. 
  • Vegetables, leaves, flowers and fruits can be stored for 24 hours in the device.
  • Each device is enough for 5 or 6 acres of land or for a group of three to four farmers. 
  • The unit uses thermal energy storage.
  • The photovoltaic-powered refrigeration system is used to charge the indoor thermal battery in the form of latent heat during day time and used to maintain a temperature of 10 Degrees Celcius for 20-24 hours.
  • Each unit costs between Rs 5.5 to Rs 6 lakh and the storage capacity could be scaled down based on requirement.

Question:

Q. Who has developed a portable solar-powered Cold Storage device with 500 kg capacity for storing vegetables and fruits, among other items?
a. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay
b. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras
c. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee
d. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur

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