Innovative fridge stores natural cold in Kazakhstan09 november 2014, 15:57
An autonomous refrigerator has been invented in East Kazakhstan and will soon be given a try on a farm, Tengrinews reports citing the head of Vibromash UK Anatoly Kovshik.
The device runs on a renewable source of cold that it accumulates in winter in a so-called heat pipe. When warm weather comes, the device switches to a cooling mode, and can work in this manner for several months. It is suitable for long term storage of different products, since the operating temperature in the unit can be changed at any time. The fridge can be used in storages, farms and fisheries.
"The most important thing is that in winter we can pump the cold in large quantities in a special accumulator and then use it during the year. Accumulate cold in winter and then spend over spring, summer and fall. Then winter comes with the cold. The refrigerator turns on automatically without any automation and begins accumulating again," Kovshik told.
Later, Kovshik shared that the fridge will be tested in a farm enterprise. The researchers had finished assembling the prototype and they hope to begin the testing in late November, when temperatures usually fall below zero degrees centigrade.
The tests will help learn how well the device can accumulate cold and keep it for a long time. At the farm, the experts will use their fridge to store meat.
Kovshik said that his company was ready for mass production of autonomous refrigerators and it was now the question of funding. The local environmental protection department covered part of the costs to build the prototype but much more money would be needed to set up the production.
Kovshik added that the invention caught the interest of the Ministry of Environment of Kazakhstan.
"This year, we are launching the first sample of the refrigerator. If everything goes as planned, we will run ahead of the entire planet and cool them all," he jokingly said.
Reporting by Dmitry Khegai, writing by Dinara Urazova