Solar-Driven Cold Storage Units to Reduce Food Waste

Conference paper


This chapter presents the current situation of food wastage around the globe by comparing developed and developing countries. The research further focuses on India, presenting the state of food wastage and briefly discussing cold storage facilities and problems faced by the cold chain sector. Sustainable off-grid solar cooling technology measures that can be used for cold storage are briefly described. Finally, the chapter discusses how solar cooling technology could be distributed across India to reduce food wastage and, consequently, how that would benefit society and the environment.


Food wastage Cold storage Solar cooling System Off-grid solar systems 



Advanced flat plate collector


Australian Agency for International Development


Compound parabolic collector


Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization


Evacuated tube collector


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


Flat plate collector


Ministry of Food Processing Industries


Parabolic trough concentrator


The Energy and Resource Institute


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  1. 1.Global Production Engineering in Solar Technology, TU BerlinBerlinGermany

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