The aims of the GEF SolarChill Project are (a) to conduct wide scale field tests of various models of solar direct drive vaccine coolers; (b) to stimulate the development and field testing of solar direct drive food refrigerator prototypes; and (c) to initiate interest and investment by the local and regional private sector in the manufacturing and marketing of SolarChill type medical and food refrigerators. The project aims at demonstrating the reliable and affordable use of the SolarChill technology for medical, household and commercial purposes. Working in close collaboration with the relevant environmental and health ministries as well as governmental institutes in Kenya, the Kingdom of eSwatini and Colombia, the SolarChill technologies should be disseminated in the three countries and beyond.
The preparatory phase of the GEF SolarChill Project “SolarChill Development, Testing, and Technology Transfer Outreach” was completed in 2012-13. The implementing phase was launched in 2016 and is targeted to be completed in 2018.
The SolarChill Project involves a long lasting partnership between diverse international organizations, including: Danish Technological Institute (DTI), Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, HEAT GmbH, Greenpeace International, Programs for Appropriate Technologies in Health (PATH), Swiss Resource Centre and Consultancies for Development (SKAT), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Initially the SolarChill Project also benefited greatly from the involvement of industry participants, most notably that of Vestfrost and Danfoss from Denmark, and more recently, The Fridge Factory from Swaziland.
The GEF SolarChill Project intends to:
In 2001 UNEP and Greenpeace conceived the need for an environmentally friendly, solar vaccine refrigerator. At the same time the Danish Technological Institute (DTI) was investigating the development of solar, direct drive refrigeration. The SolarChill Project was launched in 2001. Partner organizations and industrial participants were invited to join the project to provide much needed expertise in vaccine cooling, food refrigeration and the use of solar technologies in developing countries.
Milestones in SolarChill history