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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Kenya 2017
Providing solar power and the technique for special cooling systems help farmers to offer a better quality of milk, have fewer losses and therefore earn more money.
Farmers in rural areas face the problem of missing cooling systems for their milk. In Kenya the high temperatures during the day are the cause of high losses of milk. The spread of bacteria makes the milk sour. Most of the time it takes hours to pick up the milk and deliver it to the collection points. Without adequate cooling the milk is lost and this has an adverse effect on the local economy.
To solve this problem, it is important to get the right equipment for the job. By using a special solar power product for cooling the milk and offering addition energy from the process. The technique should be affordable and easy to access. This helps the farmers to make cheese, etc. They don´t lose money and their milk stays fresh for longer because of the cooling system. Training also help the target user to learn how to maintain the system.
The innovative aspect of this project is the effective control of ice production based on conventional direct current cooling products. This enables an efficient ice production with solar energy. The cooling performance will be adjusted based on the available solar power. With help of 50kg ice storage in the cooling box they have daily 12kg ice accessible for about 4 days with adverse weather conditions. The production of special milk pots isolated with ice were another important part of this project. The pots are easy to use and have an ice container to cool the milk.
University Hohenheim, GIZ Initiative Powering Agriculture, Green Innovation Center
Many places in the world, especially in Africa, don´t have a cooling system. Products often have long hauls till they can be sold. This can influence the quality of the products. This project is aimed at milk production due to its limited shelf life. This project has a social and/or economic impact. It improves the hygienic food production and the health. It has a positive impact in the agricultural sector. Congratulations on your initiative!