Engineers at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) in New Delhi have developed a solar-powered on-farm storage structure that can increase the shelf-life of fruits and vegetables in regions where cold storage facilities are absent.
The four-cubic-metre storage space, designed by Pramod Kumar Sharma and others at IARI’s division of agricultural engineering, can retain the quality and freshness of fruits and vegetables for an additional period of up to five days, they reported in the journal Current Science on Monday.
Farmers can install them on their farms and need only four solar photovoltaic panels to run. To keep the costs down, they use an inverter that converts DC type power generated by solar cells into AC type and has a battery backup....Read more
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