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Mitti Cool Refrigerator: Fridge that does not require electricity!

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Mitti Cool RefrigeratorGetting cool water and preserving your vegetables in a refrigerator that does not need electricity might sound like a dream. For Mansukhbhai Raghavbhai Prajapati, a potter from Wankaner in Gujarat, however, this idea is a reality. This is a fridge for the common man that does not require electricity and keeps food fresh too. With this basic premise in mind Mansukhbhai came up with Mitticool, a fridge made of clay. It works on the principle of evaporation. Water from the upper chambers drips down the side, taking heat from the inside gets evaporated, leaving the chambers cool. Cool and affordable, this is the option to keep food, vegetables and even milk fresh naturally for days.

Prajapati has come up with an innovative apparatus that functions like a refrigerator: It cools drinking water and can store vegetables for days on end without electricity. Made of clay, the 'fridge' has a 10-litre water tank at the top while the lower part has a chamber which can be used to store vegetables or other eatables that need cooling. His innovation is being supported by NIF and GIAN.

The idea offashioning a fridge out of clay to make it affordable for the common man came to Prajapati during the 2001 earthquake, when all his earthen pots were broken and someone said, 'the fridges of the poor are broken'. Prajapati says: "At that time it occurred to me — why can't I make a fridge to serve the needs and fulfill the dreams of the poor?"

After more than three years of continuous efforts and failures, in 2004 Prajapati's clay fridge model worked successfully. He called his product 'Mitticool.' The device works on the principle of evaporation. As the water evaporates through the pores of the clay, it not only cools the water itself, but also the lower chamber and its contents too.

The innovator, who had to quit studying after his tenth standard and joined his parents' pottery profession, said, "I always loved fidgeting with things and trying something new."

Talking about his fridge, he said, "It preserves the original taste of fruits and vegetables better than a regulation fridge. It's a very good alternative for the rural people who cannot afford a conventional refrigerator due to high initial and maintenance cost. My invention does not require any maintenance."

At present, he sells the clay fridges at Rs. 2500, at his residence and during exhibitions. Following the success of his desi fridge, Prajapati has started working on a water filter, nonstick frying pan, pressure cooker — all with clay and aimed to help the poor.

About selling his products on a large scale, Prajapati says: "I am planning to adopt a biz model for selling them now. I am looking for a distributor of these items in bigger cities like Ahmedabad."

Salient Features :
# Better preserve the original taste to fruits and vegetables.
# Very good alternative for the rural people who does not afford the conventional refrigerator due to high initial cost and its maintenance cost.
# It does not require any maintenance.

Innovator Website :  www.mitticool.com

Source- DNA, GIAN

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