First Call Awards

A fair price for healthy fruits & vegetables: Helping farmers access cold-storage technology

Rustom Irani

Chirag Iceling Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai
Sorin Grama

Promethean Power Systems Boston, MA
The Problem:

Nearly $10 billion of agricultural produce is lost in India every year due to inadequate cold storage and post-harvest transportation facilities.

The Solution:

The team has developed an off-grid refrigerated container, which will be installed on small farms and remote villages throughout India, will increase the farmer's incomes by eliminating costly spoilage while allowing them to sell the produce at a fair price independent of harvest timing. The system does not use an on-board refrigeration compressor for cooling & therefore will not release harmful refrigerant gas into the atmosphere and reduces capital and operating costs.