Case Study - India

A Case Study on Raibareli Cold Chain

GESS International has installed a sustainable, eco-friendly, and power-saving rooftop solar cold room in an attempt to kickstart green energy adoption in the area of Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh

The present share of Uttar Pradesh in total horticulture production of the country is approximately 26%. U.P. ranks third in fruits, second in vegetable, and first in potato production among all states. Despite the high volume of production and a good range of crops, the earnings from farming are poor. According to the statistics, post-harvest losses in horticultural crops are at Rs. 2000 crore per annum. The reasons for the post-harvest losses are manifold. They include poor production practices, poor post-harvest management practices, lack of grading at farm level, poor transportation, multiple handling, and poor storing & management system.

The GESS Team visited the farmers in Raebareli, had a conversation with them, understood their pain areas, and decided to provide them with a complete end-to-end cold chain solution starting from Trimming, Sorting, Grading, Packing, Pre Cooling, Cold Storage, and transportation using SMART control & GPS tracking. Since there was a lack of proper electricity supply, we offered them our eco-friendly cold room solution, which was installed at the heart of sabzi mandi (farmer market) in order to make it feasible for all the farmers in the area to store their produce, avoid wastage and increase their revenue.

The cold room has a battery-less operation and runs solely on solar panels which are installed on the top. It is fitted with PCM technology, which absorbs the sunlight that isn't being used to generate electricity, and melts from the heat, thereby cooling the entire PV panel. The PCM takes 6 hours to charge after which it can sustain the cooling in the cold room for a duration of 14-16 hours, hence saving power and reducing the operational cost for the farmers. Also, the refrigerant used has a low GWP, thereby proving to be beneficial for the environment. The cold room has storage of 5MT along with first-mile connectivity. It is owned and operated by the farmers and gives them an ROI in 1-2 years, hence proving to be a sustainable and profitable solution for the rural market.