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Thinking Outside the ‘Fridge

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While necessary to preserve food and beverages, refrigeration requires a steady stream of electricity to maintain a constant temperature. And that power supply, in turn, stresses the environment. It only makes sense, then, to seek out alternative forms of keeping edibles cool without hiking the temperature of the planet.

Here are a few, courtesy of New Atlas:

  • Look In Below: Before the advent of modern refrigeration, people stored food beneath the surface of the ground. Residents of Northern Canada, for instance, constructed storage areas beneath the permafrost. Some were the size of modest dwellings. Permafrost levels are going deeper into the ground, thanks to global warming. In turn, people have adapted the original model.
  • Modified Root Cellar: Groundfridge, the brainchild of Netherlands-based Weltevree, uses a waterproof solution that's ideal for areas that are plagued with flooding and groundwater. A polyester membrane protects the interior, which can hold the equivalent of 20 refrigerators. And the unit is completely off-line.
  • House Incorporated: A Swedish husband-and-wife engineering team decided that their alternative refrigeration space should be an integral part of the new house they designed for themselves. Since the house itself is somewhat subterranean, access to the storage space is possible directly through the partially sunken kitchen.
  • New Inventions: In places where it's neither practical nor desirable to go subterranean, novel appliances might do the trick. A so-called blast chiller can handle a wide range of temperatures with sensitivity and precision."The shock freezer avoids the loss of crispiness in food because it's able to maintain the structure during the freezing process," says one expert.
  • Sunshine: If re-inventing refrigeration doesn't appeal, why not use solar panels to supply power instead? Works for those on-the-go.
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    Jim Lillie

    Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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