Cycle Powered refrigerator developed by ISHRAE

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Mumbai, Jan 17 (UNI) A refrigerator, that runs on the pedal power of a humble bicycle instead of electricity, has been developed by the Mysore chapter of the the Indian Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE).

This refrigerator will help rural farmers and businessmen save thousands of rupees, a release issued here said.

Developed by David PG and GV Rao, contents of the 50 litre insulated box can be maintained at a chill eight degrees celcius using an open type compressor, air cooled condenser, capillary and evaporator. A 12 kg packet can be kept fresh for 30 minutes at an optimum temperature between 11-12 degrees Celcius by pedalling at 16 km/hour.

''ISHRAE through this invention has ventured to put into practice the PURA (providing urban facilities to rural areas) dream of our former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam,'' said Navneeth, ISHRAE, Mysore.

An estimated Rs 40,000 crores of farm produce are lost annually due to lack of proper storage facility in the country, the release added.

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