The agricultural industry is very critical to countries all over the world. Many of the farmers in countries such as India and many from the African continent farm in areas where there is no electricity infrastructure. Typically these farmers after their harvest want to maximize the price for their produce and as such would like to store this in an environment where the produce will not get spoiled. Today, 40% or greater of the produce go to waste as soon as they are harvested due to inadequate cold storage infrastructure.
The key to solving the above issue is to harness the abundant solar renewable energy that is available. The Cold Storage solutions provided by Mesha are based on the award winning patented Hybrid UltraCapacitor (HUC) technology developed by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore and commercialized by Mesha. It is the first of its kind that combines the HUC with a battery and a powerful Energy Management System (EMS) that has been developed by Mesha. This combines the best characteristics of both the HUC and the battery. These include the following:
- High energy density - characteristic of the battery
- High power density - characteristic of the HUC
- Quick charging from any energy source - characteristic of the HUC
- Longer life - characteristic of the HUC
This solution utilizes the HUC as the workhorse and the battery as the energy reservoir. The storage energy from the battery will be utilized as and when it is required. With this solution farmers are able to reduce their produce wastage and time the delivery to the market so that they can maximize their sale price.