Testing a low-tech cooling system for dairy farmers in rural Ethiopia
Lia Bardoel, a Masters Student in Industrial Design from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, presented her work on a solar cooling system for milk and the subsequent studies she did on use of the system in remote areas. The cooling system sets out to improve the quality of evening milk and thus the income of the farmers. The solar powered system makes ice at milk collection centres, which the farmer collects and brings home during the day to cool the evening milk before bringing it to the collection point the following day. The system, developed at the Livestock and Irrigation Value chains for Ethiopian Smallholders project, is designed to work on solar and electricity grids. A video on this webpage explains in more details how the cooling system works on the ground.
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