Solar-Powered Fridge Tackles Energy Inefficiency and Power Outages

Ty Emerald
By Ty Emerald

Imagine living in Lagos, Nigeria, where daily power outages can last for hours. In such conditions, a conventional refrigerator is nearly useless, and consequently, very few people own one. This stark reality isn’t just limited to Lagos; it affects millions worldwide. Amped Innovation’s EasyFreeze offers a transformative solution: a solar-powered fridge that works efficiently even without a reliable power grid.

Bridging the Energy Gap

The EasyFreeze is more than just a fridge; it’s a lifeline for communities with unstable electricity. This meticulously designed appliance can cool to 8ºC (46.4ºF) in under 20 minutes and freeze to 0ºC (32ºF) in less than an hour. Its most impressive feature? It maintains these temperatures for up to 40 hours during power outages or cloudy days, ensuring food and medical supplies stay preserved.

Innovative Ice Battery System

Instead of relying on traditional lithium-ion batteries, which are costly and have safety risks, EasyFreeze uses an innovative “ice battery.” This system involves ice pouches within the refrigerator walls that absorb and release heat. During the day, solar panels cool these pouches, while grid power can be used when available. This method not only enhances safety and durability, but also significantly cuts costs, making the EasyFreeze a more accessible solution.

Expanding Reach and Impact

Amped Innovation is bringing the EasyFreeze to over a dozen countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, targeting areas that need it most. Small businesses benefit from the ability to keep beverages cold, while medical facilities can store vaccines and medicines safely. The fridge’s design includes proprietary circuits, software, and mechanical features to deliver reliable performance in rural settings.

"Selling cold drinks has allowed me to earn an additional 10,000 KES per week."
Samuel Amata
Kenya Shopkeeper

Durability is another key feature of EasyFreeze. Unlike many solar refrigerators that fail within a year, EasyFreeze is built to last. Assembling the equipment locally helps avoid high import fees and reduces costs, ensuring affordability without compromising quality. This approach makes EasyFreeze not only efficient, but also economically viable for the communities it serves.

Eco-Friendly and Energy-Efficient

EasyFreeze uses R-600a refrigerant, which has zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) and very low global warming potential (GWP). This makes it 38% more energy-efficient than other market options. Its powerful 225W compressor and thick, 75mm closed-cell polyurethane insulation ensure rapid cooling and prolonged temperature maintenance, even during power outages.

Retailing at around $900, EasyFreeze is within reach for middle-class families in countries like Nigeria. This price reflects a commitment to quality and long-term affordability, emphasizing the total cost of ownership over the initial purchase price. Amped Innovation’s focus on high-quality materials and efficient design ensures that EasyFreeze offers unmatched value, making it accessible to a broader audience.

Beyond Developing Regions

The EasyFreeze’s utility isn’t limited to developing regions. After the wildfires in Maui in 2023, residents in Hawaii, facing high electricity costs, showed interest in the fridge. With a payback period of just two years, EasyFreeze is economically attractive for both disaster resilience and everyday use.

Paving the Way to a Sustainable Future

As most of us enjoy the conveniences of modern life, we must recognize the need for sustainable innovations that bridge the gap for less fortunate communities.

EasyFreeze reminds us how thoughtful, eco-friendly design can transform lives, offering reliable refrigeration in areas with unreliable power. 

Amped Innovation’s emphasis on efficiency, durability, and affordability positions EasyFreeze as a sustainable choice for refrigeration in sun-rich parts of Africa and Asia. This appliance not only meets immediate needs but also contributes to a more sustainable future.

Amped Innovation

Founded in 2016 in California, Amped Innovation designs and manufactures high-performance off-grid, solar systems and appliances. The company focuses on creating affordable products for solar-rich markets that experience up to 10 hours of blackouts daily. Currently, Amped is active in 30 countries with a secondary office in Kenya.

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