Aldelano Solar ColdBox supplies safety net

Hunger is a persistent problem in the developing world. The solution seems simple—just grow more food. However the causes of world hunger are more complex.

According to figures from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), up to 40% of food produced in the developing world is wasted before it reaches the market, resulting in a loss of 1.3 billion tons of food with a value of more than $1 trillion. Most of that waste occurs because of inadequate storage and refrigeration equipment in places that lack a reliable infrastructure.

An innovation has emerged that has the capacity to erase those food losses. The American-made Aldelano Solar ColdBox is an industrial-grade, portable, solar-powered cold storage mini-warehouse that provides refrigeration, freezing capacity, water, ice, and a completely renewable auxiliary power source—all by harnessing the power of the sun. All this can be done with virtually no operating costs.

Founded in 1968, Aldelano Corporation supplies customized assembly packaging and warehouse services, and founder Al Hollingsworth has observed the problem of hunger firsthand. An expert in the refrigerated food supply chain, he decided to do something about it.

“We are offering an alternative to the infrastructure, a way to generate power, refrigeration, and safe drinking water almost anywhere, at any time,” he said.

Equipped with the optional Aldelano Solar WaterMaker, each Aldelano Solar ColdBox can also produce up to 50 gallons of clean, drinkable water per day by extracting moisture from the air. This feature is a true lifesaver. Illnesses caused by unsafe drinking water claim the lives of one out of every five children under age five each year worldwide. UNESCO estimates that by 2025, almost 2 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity.

The Aldelano Solar ColdBox is also an ideal fit for warehouses, relief organizations, and the agricultural and grocery industries. Besides the benefit of drastic savings in operating costs and total flexibility in terms of location, the Aldelano Solar ColdBox offers peace of mind. The vulnerability of the US power grid is well-documented, so forward-thinking companies will see the value in acquiring a solar safety net.

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