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[http://poweringag.org/innovators/sunchill-solar-cooling-horticultural-preservation Solar Cooling for Horticultural Preservation]<br/>
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[http://www.colostate.edu/ Colorado State University]&nbsp;(United States)<br/>[http://www.technoserve.org/ TechnoServe]&nbsp;(United States)<br/>[http://www.technoserve.org/our-work/projects/tag/Mozambique+Organicos Mozambique Organicos]&nbsp;(Mozambique)<br/>
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[[Mozambique Energy Situation|Mozambique]]<br/>
  
Post-harvest, physiological obstacles such as ethane production, respiration and microbial attack make getting high quality horticultural products to market a significant challenge. Removing field heat from these products can double shelf-life and reduce spoilage rates that often exceed 40% in developing countries. Unfortunately, current off-grid cooling technologies are expensive, energy intensive, and difficult to maintain.<br/>
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Post-harvest, physiological obstacles such as ethane production, respiration and microbial attack make getting high quality horticultural products to market a significant challenge. Removing field heat from these products can double shelf-life and reduce spoilage rates that often exceed 40% in developing countries. Unfortunately, current off-grid [https://energypedia.info/index.php?title=Special:Search&profile=default&search=Cooling+for+Agriculture&fulltext=Search cooling]&nbsp;technologies are expensive, energy intensive, and difficult to maintain.<ref name="Powering Agriculture: http://poweringag.org/innovators/sunchill-solar-cooling-horticultural-preservation">Powering Agriculture: http://poweringag.org/innovators/sunchill-solar-cooling-horticultural-preservation</ref><br/>
  
 
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= Clean Energy Solution<br/> =
 
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[[File:Rebound machinery.png|thumb|right|208px|Digital draft of the cooling machine © Powering Agriculture]]<u>SunChill is a novel, off-grid refrigeration solution enabling increased agricultural productivity by<ref name="Powering Agriculture, Rebound Technology: http://poweringag.org/2013-winners/rebound-tech">Powering Agriculture, Rebound Technology: http://poweringag.org/2013-winners/rebound-tech</ref>: </u><br/>
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<u>SunChill is a novel, off-grid refrigeration solution enabling increased agricultural productivity by: </u><br/>
 
 
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#Removing field heat from crops immediately following harvest, and<br/>
 
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#Providing continued product cooling at local markets and/or central processing facilities.<br/>
 
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This clean energy solution transforms 50°C solar thermal energy into 10°C refrigeration using water-based refrigerants, zero electricity and local, non-precision components. These characteristics enable production of a low cost, low-maintenance technology that reduces spoilage and benefits smallholder farmer livelihoods.<ref name="Powering Agriculture: http://poweringag.org/innovators/sunchill-solar-cooling-horticultural-preservation">Powering Agriculture: http://poweringag.org/innovators/sunchill-solar-cooling-horticultural-preservation</ref><br/>
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This clean energy solution transforms 50°C solar thermal energy into 10°C refrigeration using water-based refrigerants, zero electricity and local, non-precision components. These characteristics enable production of a low cost, low-maintenance technology that reduces spoilage and benefits smallholder farmer livelihoods.<ref name="Powering Agriculture, Rebound Technology: http://poweringag.org/2013-winners/rebound-tech">Powering Agriculture, Rebound Technology: http://poweringag.org/2013-winners/rebound-tech</ref>[[File:Rebound technology.png|thumb|right|200px|Graph showing the structure of the device, © Powering Agriculture]]<br/>
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SunChill is one of the first developing world technologies that reliably removes field heat without a high-cost electrical supply. The low-cost system enables increased horticultural production both for domestic and export consumption, generating additional income for smallholder farmers and increased access to nutritional fruits and vegetables while generating both manufacturing and service based employment.<ref name="Powering Agriculture: http://poweringag.org/innovators/sunchill-solar-cooling-horticultural-preservation">Powering Agriculture: http://poweringag.org/innovators/sunchill-solar-cooling-horticultural-preservation</ref><br/>
  
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[[File:Rebound machinery.png|thumb|left|300px|© Rebound Technology]][[File:Rebound technology.png|thumb|right|300px|© Rebound Technology]]<br/>
 
 
SunChill is one of the first developing world technologies that reliably removes field heat without a high-cost electrical supply. The low-cost system enables increased horticultural production both for domestic and export consumption, generating additional income for smallholder farmers and increased access to nutritional fruits and vegetables while generating both manufacturing and service based employment.<ref name="Powering Agriculture, Rebound Technology: http://poweringag.org/2013-winners/rebound-tech">Powering Agriculture, Rebound Technology: http://poweringag.org/2013-winners/rebound-tech</ref><br/>
 
  
 
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[http://www.rebound-tech.com/ Rebound Technology] develops tailored refrigeration technologies designed to meet global energy market dynamics while reducing fossil fuel dependence. To successfully design, build and deploy SunChill technology, Rebound will leverage critical partnerships. The Energy Institute’s (Colorado State University) product development experience will support R&D, TechnoServe’s business solutions focus will drive host nation outreach/support, and Mozambique Organicos research farm will provide the primary venue for SunChill deployment and in-field testing.<ref name="Rebound Technology: http://www.rebound-tech.com/">Rebound Technology: http://www.rebound-tech.com/</ref><br/>
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[http://www.rebound-tech.com/ Rebound Technology] develops tailored refrigeration technologies designed to meet global energy market dynamics while reducing fossil fuel dependence. To successfully design, build and deploy SunChill technology, Rebound will leverage critical partnerships. The Energy Institute’s (Colorado State University) product development experience will support R&D, TechnoServe’s business solutions focus will drive host nation outreach/support, and Mozambique Organicos research farm will provide the primary venue for SunChill deployment and in-field testing.<ref name="Powering Agriculture: http://poweringag.org/innovators/sunchill-solar-cooling-horticultural-preservation">Powering Agriculture: http://poweringag.org/innovators/sunchill-solar-cooling-horticultural-preservation</ref><br/>
  
 
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= Progress Update<br/> =
 
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Rebound completed testing of the SunChill™ prototype April 2015. In June 2015, members of the Rebound team deployed to test technology in field conditions in Mozambique. The prototype is being assembled, using mostly locally available materials, at a for-profit farm, which also serves as an incubator to teach farming skills to local women. Feedback received during the demonstration will be incorporated into future designs.<ref name="Powering Agriculture, Rebound Technology: http://poweringag.org/2013-winners/rebound-tech">Powering Agriculture, Rebound Technology: http://poweringag.org/2013-winners/rebound-tech</ref><br/>
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Rebound completed the Powering Agriculture project in March 2016 by validating a SunChill™ field demonstration unit in Mozambique which cooled 43 kg of tomatoes during the pilot. The total project effort resulted in the completion of the engineering work that forms the technology foundation. Remaining is the industrial design work necessary to move SunChill™ to a commercialized product available for deployment. Rebound has utilized some of the data and incorporated lessons learned from field testing SunChill™ into its latest IcePoint™ technology for the US market.<ref name="Powering Agriculture: http://poweringag.org/innovators/sunchill-solar-cooling-horticultural-preservation">Powering Agriculture: http://poweringag.org/innovators/sunchill-solar-cooling-horticultural-preservation</ref><br/>
  
 
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= Further Information<br/> =
 
= Further Information<br/> =
  
*[http://poweringag.org/2013-winners/rebound-tech Powering Agriculture Homepage, Rebound Technology]<br/>
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*[[Portal:Water and Energy for Food|Water and Energy for Food (WE4F) portal on energypedia]]
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*[[Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development|Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development]]<br/>
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*[https://poweringag.org/news-events/program-updates/newsletters Powering Agriculture Newsletters]<br/>
 
*[http://www.rebound-tech.com/ Rebound Technology Homepage]<br/>
 
*[http://www.rebound-tech.com/ Rebound Technology Homepage]<br/>
*[[Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development initiative - Winners|Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development Initiative - Winners]]<br/>
 
*[[Portal:Powering Agriculture|Powering Agriculture Portal on energypedia]]<br/>
 
 
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Latest revision as of 19:07, 14 July 2020

Overview

Innovator

Rebound Technologies



Rebound Technology Logo.png

Project

Solar Cooling for Horticultural Preservation

Collaborators

Colorado State University (United States)
TechnoServe (United States)
Mozambique Organicos (Mozambique)

Location Applied

Mozambique

Post-harvest, physiological obstacles such as ethane production, respiration and microbial attack make getting high quality horticultural products to market a significant challenge. Removing field heat from these products can double shelf-life and reduce spoilage rates that often exceed 40% in developing countries. Unfortunately, current off-grid cooling technologies are expensive, energy intensive, and difficult to maintain.[1]


Clean Energy Solution

SunChill is a novel, off-grid refrigeration solution enabling increased agricultural productivity by:

  1. Removing field heat from crops immediately following harvest, and
  2. Providing continued product cooling at local markets and/or central processing facilities.

This clean energy solution transforms 50°C solar thermal energy into 10°C refrigeration using water-based refrigerants, zero electricity and local, non-precision components. These characteristics enable production of a low cost, low-maintenance technology that reduces spoilage and benefits smallholder farmer livelihoods.[1]



Impact

SunChill is one of the first developing world technologies that reliably removes field heat without a high-cost electrical supply. The low-cost system enables increased horticultural production both for domestic and export consumption, generating additional income for smallholder farmers and increased access to nutritional fruits and vegetables while generating both manufacturing and service based employment.[1]

© Rebound Technology
© Rebound Technology



Organization

Rebound Technology develops tailored refrigeration technologies designed to meet global energy market dynamics while reducing fossil fuel dependence. To successfully design, build and deploy SunChill technology, Rebound will leverage critical partnerships. The Energy Institute’s (Colorado State University) product development experience will support R&D, TechnoServe’s business solutions focus will drive host nation outreach/support, and Mozambique Organicos research farm will provide the primary venue for SunChill deployment and in-field testing.[1]



Progress Update

Rebound completed the Powering Agriculture project in March 2016 by validating a SunChill™ field demonstration unit in Mozambique which cooled 43 kg of tomatoes during the pilot. The total project effort resulted in the completion of the engineering work that forms the technology foundation. Remaining is the industrial design work necessary to move SunChill™ to a commercialized product available for deployment. Rebound has utilized some of the data and incorporated lessons learned from field testing SunChill™ into its latest IcePoint™ technology for the US market.[1]



Further Information


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