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IIT students create cold storage tech to solve a Rs. 44,000 crore problem

Mechanical engineering student Vivek Pandey and his team at IIT Kharagpur have created a unique cold storage system with almost zero running cost that is powered entirely by solar electricity.

Currently, over Rs. 44,000 crore worth of fruits, vegetables and grains in India are wasted annually due to a lack of cold storage facilities. Various studies have shown that our installed capacity of 30.11 million metric tonnes is about half of what is required. In places with insufficient electricity, this problem is especially acute.

Priced between 5-6 lakh rupees, this cold storage designed by IITians has a minimal running costs and low lifetime costs due to the lack expensive or fragile components that require regular replacement.

Cheap and extremely useful, the technology designed by these IITians is poised to tackle the massive problem of agricultural waste, which results in annual losses of over Rs. 44,000 crore.

The system has successfully completed a pilot project in a Karnataka farmland.

The IITians will start an assembly unit in Pune next month, and aim to manufacture 20,000 cold storage units in the next five years.

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10 Comments

  1. Dinesh BansalOctober 17, 2014 at 1:31 pmReply

    I wish the performance data of this innovative cold storage trial in Karnataka, vis a vis traditional storage system had been shared. There is no technical input in the reporting, claiming 44000 Cr business.

  2. rajan sanghiOctober 17, 2014 at 4:45 pmReply

    we manufacture solar structures also besides transmission line towers /telecom towers/ G.I. sheds /logistics/ transformers

  3. Vijay AivalliOctober 17, 2014 at 5:48 pmReply

    I am very interested to know details. I would like to market this product. Pl get in touch with me.

  4. pramod pathakOctober 17, 2014 at 11:09 pmReply

    We are interested in technology. Pl. let us know the interest.

    with kind regards.

    Pramod Pathak

    IIT Mumbai-alumni

  5. Sanjay GuptaOctober 20, 2014 at 6:06 pmReply

    Great job by IIT Kharagpur students,
    I have been using renewable energy as much as I can, including using my electric car on that.
    Volunteer to help the students in whatever way I can.
    sanjay744@yahoo.com
    Phone 9999662134
    Free from 1st Nov onwards
    I am a professional Pilot (Was with Air India) for 24 years now flying a private business jet, based in Gurgaon
    50 years old.
    Regards

  6. vikasOctober 21, 2014 at 10:57 amReply

    if this is success, I will like to establish 10 units in my area. plz contact.

  7. sheetal vaniDecember 30, 2014 at 5:25 pmReply

    we are almost ready with the cold storage project we are interested in this technology .plz contact us we want to know more about it.

  8. kiranMarch 10, 2015 at 2:06 pmReply

    I am interested in starting this project. Please need your support.
    Thanks
    Kiran Naik

  9. kamal kishore agarwalMarch 14, 2015 at 10:36 amReply

    I am interested in this technology and wanted to set up bold storage with this technology.please contact me or provide your contact details.

  10. kamal kishore agarwalMarch 14, 2015 at 10:36 amReply

    I am interested in this technology and wanted to set up bold storage with this technology.please contact me or provide your contact details.

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