MittiCool is a clay refrigerator, suitable for off-grid settings.
MittiCool certified dealers across India including major retail chains.
Goal 2: improve food security and nutrition by preventing gastrointestinal issues due to poorly preserved food.
MittiCool target users are individuals that are part of the rural, off grid, low-income economic segment.
Mass produced at Mitticool’s manufacturing facility.
MittCool is sold at local shops, certified dealers and can be ordered online.
5000 units have been sold as of October 2013.
MittiCool is made of porous, terracotta clay. The upper part of the refrigerator stores water, while the bottom unit has space for fruits, vegetables, milk other perishable items. The porous clay and water enable evaporation to keep the system cool.
MittiCool does not require electricity. Increase in shelf life of perishable food items in comparison to storing at room temperature. Specifically, the shelf life of coriander was extended by 4 days as against 1.5-2 days at room temperature. Shelf life of vegetables like brinjal (eggplant), chilly & okra was increased on an average by 5-6 days in comparison to room temperature.
Gujarat Grassroots Innovation Augmentation Network (GIAN) Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and the National Innovation Foundation extended their help in the form of grant and guidance for getting the patent, making the packaging box and lab testing of products.
No know hazards.
Most academic research is based around designing for the poor, not specifically for refrigeration products.
Relevance and Implications of Grassroots Innovations in India: Ch. Siddharth Nanda et.al. Relevance and Implications of Grassroots Innovations in India, International Journal of Innovative Research and Studies ISSN 2319-9725 Vol.2 Issue 10 (October 2013)
No known international standards cited. ISO certification awarded to Mitticool Clay Creation- first grassroots innovator who received this recognition.
Lab tests of shelf live of produce in comparison to storage at room temperature.
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