Photograph courtesy Thomas Galloway/Evaptainers

Great Energy Challenge Innovator: Evaptainers

Project: Using energy efficiency to conserve crops and increase income of the rural poor

Location: Souss Massa-Drâa, Morocco

Summary: Evaptainers are the world's first mobile refrigeration systems requiring no electricity that are ideal for low-income, off-grid areas. The Evaptainer team has combined proven, traditional methods of cooling with state-of-the-art materials and improved design. This will create a more effective, scalable, and mobile clean energy refrigeration solution, enabling the cold chain to reach farther than ever before.

Focusing on Morocco as a pilot test market, Evaptainers is collaborating with the National Research Institute of Agronomy (INRA) and agricultural co-ops throughout the country. Evaptainers is currently testing nine prototypes with INRA and with rural populations to test the effectiveness of the device on reducing food spoilage.

In early 2016, Evaptainers will move onto a larger, impact-focused field test with rural communities around Morocco. Improvements are being made to the prototypes, which will serve as the model for an additional 300 units for a community field test. Evaptainers is working with manufacturing contractors in Morocco to create local production capacity and also collaborating with American companies to research and test new materials and designs to lower cost and increase performance.

Goal: To address the problem of high post-harvest spoilage by providing last-mile refrigeration solutions to vulnerable populations

Project Participants: Spencer Taylor, CEO; Quang Troung, COO; Jeremy Fryer-Biggs, CTO

The Great Energy Challenge grant program, in collaboration with a distinguished group of scientists acting as the board of advisors, awards roughly a half-dozen grants per year. The goal of the grant program is to hasten the growth of promising, global energy solutions as a response to climate change, energy resource constraints and environmental limitations.


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