There’s a global scramble to drive down emissions of carbon dioxide across the various sectors around the world. The use of renewable energy sources is nothing new to the field of science and technology, and we could possibly have a new innovative product that’s perfect for everyone – a solar powered refrigerator. Although solar powered refrigerators aren’t a new concept, the ‘Anywhere Fridge’ is in a league of its own. Ideal for traveling, but also useful in the case of an emergency, the ‘Anywhere Fridge’ is using its modern technology and marketing to potentially cash in on a market that’s so far been all but a ghost town.
The Story Behind this Solar Powered Refrigerator
“While there are small portable refrigerators on the market currently, they are not very portable and cannot be taken anywhere as they are bound to a wall outlet for power. With the Anywhere Fridge you can charge and power it anywhere,” said inventor and founder of Anywhere Fridge, Spencer Trotter. After analyzing the market of both portable and solar powered refrigeration, Trotter began to develop plans for a next-generation portable device that not only met the current needs of the market, but also went beyond those expectations with the addition of built-in charging outlets for use with phones, laptops and other devices.
By creating the ‘Anywhere Fridge,’ Trotter and his team have been able to take a product that already exists and introduce a more modern design and technological advances – a key element to innovation.
How Does It Work?
The ‘Anywhere Fridge’ offers its refrigeration/freezing capabilities all day and night through its built-in slide out solar panels and smart polymer battery that will hold a charge for up to 12 hours. This is excellent for an all-day outing or going off the grid for the weekend. The refrigerator is 24″x20″ with a height that can range from 6 to 12 inches for easy travel or to carry all of the perishable good you could want or need on your excursion. The 135-watt solar panels provide the 104-watt battery with the power it needs to get the job done and more. The full range digital thermostat makes it adjustable from -4° to 50° F and the compartment freezes down to -4° Fahrenheit in a matter of minutes. UV lights on the inside automatically illuminate at night and kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria such as salmonella or E. coli.
It’s functional AND healthy! As an added bonus, you can use its built-in AC/DC/USB charging outlets to ensure you won’t have to worry about your gadgets losing power while you’re trying to enjoy your day. Lightweight and easy to transport, the ‘Anywhere Fridge’ seems like the perfect companion for travel or providing relief in the case of emergencies.
Could the Solar Powered Fridge Too Good to be True?
While there are many advantages to using a product like the ‘Anywhere Fridge’ such as being easy to transport, cooling rapidly and efficiently, and killing bacteria, there may also be downsides to solar-powered refrigeration. While solar power certainly is less polluting than fossil fuels, some problems do exist.
Some manufacturing processes are associated with greenhouse gas emissions. Nitrogen trifluoroide and sulfur hexafluoride have been traced back to the production of solar panels. These are some of the most potent greenhouse gases and have many thousand times the impact on global warming compared to carbon dioxide. Certain solar cells also require materials that are expensive and rare in nature. There are currently no completely risk-free energy choices, but even with its negatives, solar power and the resource it provides still prove to be among the most advanced and relatively safest options out there.