The SolarX Works Project - Reducing Post Harvest Waste
Team Member: Donald McGraw
In emerging markets - over 50% of post harvest yield is wasted. That is an incredible statistic. What that means in practical terms is simply that for every two carrots pulled out of the ground one gets thrown away.
We believe the time has come for solar energy to deliver on its promise. We are not talking about solving climate change, halting the use of fossil fuels or displacing large, established energy companies… we are talking about leveraging the best that the solar industry has to offer to solve real and immediate societal challenges across the globe. We are talking about applied solar solutions designed to improve the quality of life for Earth’s citizens. But what does “applied solar” really mean? It means that we use the latest in solar innovations (mixed with some ideas of our own) to:
- Reduce post-harvest waste
- Improve quality of life
- Meet the real, visceral, tangible needs of people
And how will we do so? By leveraging next generation solutions.
You might respond by saying “We hear you! Great goals … but you are talking about big issues … how do you intend to move this forward? What is your focus area?”
Our focus area - to deliver cold air via solar power. Our solution is unique in that it can be hooked up to a variety of different structures to produce a temperature controlled environment without the need of an electrical grid. Do you have an old shipping container or unused structure? With some simple insulation and our solution, we can create a cold environment that can extend the shelf life of perishables in areas that currently cannot.
We are currently looking at opportunities to partner with aid organizations and villages in Liberia and Nigeria... and based on those conversations, we need to finish our prototype design as quickly as possible.
Our proof of concept rocked! -17 degrees inside / 90 degrees outside ... completely off-gird. So confidence is very high. Help us to get this over the finish line and put technology to good use ... improving the human condition.