Inviro Choice Off Grid solution makes it to finals!
Inviro Choice Limited (ICL) are proud to announce our off grid technology has been selected as finalists for the huge Global Leap competition – Off Grid Cold Chain Challenge http://globalleap.org/coldchain/
The Global LEAP Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge (OGCCC) is an international competition to identify and promote the most energy-efficient, sustainable and cost-effective technologies that can meet the cold storage requirements for fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products in the following countries: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
The Challenge was developed in partnership with Energy 4 Impact and support from the UK Department for International Development through the Ideas to Impact Programme to stimulate off-grid cold chain refrigeration for farmers and small traders, enabling better commercialisation of agricultural produce.
Fourteen expert judges evaluated 28 entries from 12 countries and 5 continents. ICL are one of ten finalists who were evaluated and selected based on financial viability, potential end-user impact, understanding of the product’s target market and overall sustainability.
We first heard about the competition in February this year. At this stage we where already in the process of developing our off grid cooling solution. Our technology consists of a vacuum cooler integrated with cold storage run off renewable energy.
We have adapted the traditional engineering behind the vacuum cooler and dramatically reduced the energy consumption. Our new design is completely off grid with energy storage.Inviro Choice Limited director Sean Roche originally started developing the technology as a potential solution to reduce post harvest loss in developing countries.
Post harvest loss
Post harvest food loss reduction is a significant challenge for farmers and growers in the developing economies of the world, where spoilage of produce can lead to as much as 50% of harvested food not reaching the marketplace. This is not only a tragedy for the producers themselves, who suffer from reduced income and lost business opportunities as a result, but also an environmental and resources issue in terms of unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions and wasted agricultural inputs of energy, water and land.
Many developing economies are located in tropical and sub-tropical regions where the production of perishable produce, such as fruits and vegetables, represents a substantial proportion of the income to the people. Cooling such produce to an optimum temperature immediately upon harvest is crucial in ensuring that food entering the supply chain has the best chance of maintaining shelf life for as long as possible. This is particularly important where ambient temperatures are high.
Technology for postharvest cooling is available but typically relies on grid electricity or diesel gen-set supplied power to operate. In a world where 1.2 billion, mostly rural based, people have no access to reliable grid supplied electricity the provision of alternative off-grid solutions is essential. This is particularly important in the case of developing economies, where diesel gen-sets are an unsustainable solution due to high costs, unreliable fuel sourcing and fuel price volatility, as well as their potential environmental impact through greenhouse gas and other emissions.
If we can reduce post harvest loss we will also increase the amount of profit for the farmer, reduce the amount of water waste (irrigated into crops) and there will inevitably be more food available for the increasing population.
Inviro Choice Limited
Inviro Choice Limited is made up of 2 x sectors air conditioning and vacuum cooling/ refrigeration manufacturing and maintenance. Vacuum cooling is a method of cooling for a lot of farmers supplying supermarkets all over the world because of how well the technology reduces post harvest loss and extend’s the shelf life of the product by rapidly removing the field heat and slowing down the rotting process. The extra long shelf life is very important to give the food the best chance of reaching the consumer before it starts to rot.
Before today vacuum cooling technology has only been an option to those with a reliable source of electricity or diesel gen-set, this fact rules out almost 1.2 Billion people who live in rural communities from accessing the technology.
To put things into perspective using lettuce as an example (exact results depends on produce and climate):
- 2 days without refrigeration
- 7 days using cold store or fridge
- Up to 21 days using a vacuum cooler and refrigeration
Inviro Choice Limited team have been working tirelessly over the past few years to develop our technology which concludes of a vacuum cooling system integrated with a cold store, all run 100% off grid. Our technology is essentially addressing the pressing issue of post harvest loss head on and offering a solution where a small hold farmer in a rural area with no access to electricity can make their harvest last just as long as the farmers supplying major super markets in the UK.
Thank you to everyone involved
I would like to thank all of the team here at ICL. We are a small company trying to achieve big results. To date we still have not received any funding towards the development of the product. All of our research and development work is funded entirely from profits made from our commercial vacuum cooling and refrigeration works. We have had a really tough few years financing the development of this solution but by sticking together through the hard times and the good times we have reached this major milestone in securing a place in the finals of Global Leap Off Grid Cold Chain Challenge…
We would all so like to thank all of our loyal customers who with out knowing it have contributed to this project just by using our services . Again all profits from our everyday vacuum cooling and refrigeration business has directly funded the development of this solution so far.
If you are interested in getting involved with Inviro Choice by donating/investing or collaborating into ICL please get in touch..
Service for your Vacuum Cooling system
To ensure your Vacuum Cooling system runs smoothly all year round it is recommended to get it serviced regularly. We offer a maintenance plan which can be of great benefits to our clients. Good, regular maintenance ensures that your Vacuum Cooler will work when you need it most and will keep on working through the years.
If you are interested in our Vacuum Cooler maintenance plan please call +44 151 521 4476 for more details.
Vacuum Cooler Custom Design & Manufacture
Over 55 years combined experience in Vacuum Cooling
We are proud to offer a fully bespoke design & build service from our ICL manufacturing headquarters in Liverpool. Whatever your requirements our highly skilled team can design and manufacture a solution that suits your needs.
ICL have collaborated with Exeter University to research the most energy efficient solutions on the market, we have designed and engineered our Vacuum Coolers to be revolutionary in terms of energy efficiency.
Our passion for quality and innovation means our machines are produced only to the highest standards of quality and workmanship.
If you would like to discuss your requirements for Vacuum Cooler design & manufacture please call +44 151 521 4476
Upgrade or alter your Vacuum Cooling system
With farms changing and expanding all the time you may be looking for some upgrades or alterations for your Vacuum Cooler. Our engineers have extensive knowledge in installing, repairing, upgrading and maintaining Vacuum Coolers so whatever you need, we can do it!
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Installation of a Vacuum Cooling system
With a broad range of Vacuum Cooling products and solutions that can be adapted to meet all of our customer’s needs, the team here at ICL handle every aspect of the procedure from design, installation and commissioning. We also provide a maintenance plan once the installation is complete.
ICL provide brand new Vacuum Cooling and Vacuum Pump installations for a large range of farms across the globe, we can provide both standard and custom-built Vacuum Cooling systems that are crafted to each customers’ needs, for the ultimate Vacuum Cooling installation.
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