Temperature Controlled Mobile Storage Unit

Temperature Controlled Mobile Storage Units. The same concept used for Pop-Up shelters used for TC-MSU`s
with solar panels driven cooling system. The TC-MSU is insulated according to specific specs for the five different inside temperature ranges, in relation to the following three different outside temperature ranges:

Outside temperature:
below 30°c / 30°c to 39°c / 40°c to 50°c

Inside temperature:
18°c to 25°c / 8°c to 18°c / 0°c to 8°c / -6°c to 0°c / -18°c to -6°c
  • Desentralized cooling unit in rural areas for fishery and agricultural use to prevent food loss and wastage.
  • Medicine storage unit to prevent medicine go wasted because of lack of cooling in the rural areas.
  • Solar powered cooling system
  • Insulated TC-MSU for all temperature areas, rugged to withstand wind, rain, snow and sandstorms.
  • Long lifespan
  • Low cost and low maintenance
  • Easy to assemble
  • Lockable door
Food loss and wastage
KIGALI Cooling Efficiency Program, March 2018

A cold chain is a temperature-controlled supply chain and can refer to the value chain for fresh tropical produce (at 12 to 18°C), chilled fresh produce and food products (at 0 to 4°C), and frozen food products (at -18°C). A major driver in developing countries for the growth of cold chains is a need to reduce high levels of food loss and wastage , with an estimated half of perishable food being lost before even reaching the market, largely due to the absence of proper cooling. Furthermore, in developing and emerging economies, factors such as an increase in disposable income, urbanization, changes in diet, and a demand for enhanced food services such as convenience food and home delivery, are expected to help drive considerable growth in cold chain demand.

Globally it is estimated that 1.3 billion tonnes of food, representing a third of the total food production for human consumption, is lost or wasted every year - this while more than 800 million people globally are malnourished. This results in combined economic losses roughly equating to US$750 billion a year

Food loss and wastage both depresses farmers’ incomes and raises food prices, resulting in an average 15% lower incomes for 470 million smallholder farmers, many of which are also counted as among the part of the world population being food insecure. Asia and Africa together account for two thirds of global food wastage, losing the equivalent of 400 to nearly 600 calories per person per day. In developing countries however, as much as 90% of food waste – made up for 92% by crop foods and dairy - occurs in the supply chain rather than at consumer. Increasing the volume of food that arrives at consumers in good condition can therewith help raise farmers’ incomes, as well as conserve precious farming resources including land and water.

Add to this that studies point towards consumers in low income countries spending 40-50% of their incremental income on food, which means food loss and wastage, or the reduction thereof, directly affects poverty of the consumer base through its impact on food prices and could potentially help alleviate undernourishment.

Additional availability of fresh fruits and vegetables may also help decrease nutritional deficiencies, which affects 180 million children worldwide and can lower lifetime earnings by up to 22%.

Malnutrition is the largest single contributor to disease in the world, according to the UN’s Standing Committee on Nutrition, while more children die each year from malnutrition than from AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

Vaccine distribution
KIGALI Cooling Efficiency Program, March 2018

The lack of a (continuous) cold chain also hampers the effective distribution of vaccines – access to which could prevent more than two million deaths from diseases a year in developing countries.

In 2013 the global vaccine market was worth approximately US$24 billion in 2013 with the large majority of vaccines requiring a cold chain to remain viable.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that nearly 50% of freeze-dried and 25% of liquid vaccines are wasted each year, with disruption in the cold chain as one of the largest contributors to this wastage.

How important vaccines can be for our well-being is exemplified by the role of refrigeration in the eradication of polio. In 2013, the number of cases of polio occurring worldwide stood at 416, compared to 350,000 cases registered in 1988, 25 years earlier.
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