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Since then many engineers, scientists, and researchers improved his ideas and built their working variants of a solar-powered refrigerator. At the same time USSR made a parabolic mirror which could produce kg of ice per day. An absorption machine with a cylinder-parabolic mirror was made in France and it could made kg of ice per day.
There were also built systems that charged during the day and cooled during the night. Today, solar refrigerators are mostly used for camping and in developing countries where electricity is scarce. Refrigerators generally keep food cool through the process of evaporation.
Compressor, which is a part of a refrigerator, turns the refrigerant gas into a liquid. Pressure is then removed; the refrigerant turns back into a gas and absorbs heat because it has to take energy from somewhere.
That cools its surroundings.
Solar-powered refrigerator works similarly but the refrigerant is replaced with ammonia or lithium bromide mixed with water. Instead of compressor, the heat of the sun is used to increase the pressure of the gas.
From here solar refrigerator works as a common refrigerator: gas again turns into a liquid, heat is removed, the liquid evaporates and lowers the temperature. Solar-powered refrigerator is useful for many reasons.
This material freezes as heat is extracted from the enclosure.
This process effectively creates an "ice pack," enabling temperature maintenance inside the enclosure in the absence of sunlight. Proper sizing of the highly insulated cabinet, phase change thermal storage, variable speed compressor, and solar PV panel allow the refrigerator to stay cold all year long.
To optimize the conversion of solar power into stored thermal energy, a compressor control method fully exploits the available energy. Other power optimization measures include: Smoothing the power voltage via a capacitor, providing additional current during compressor start-up Monitoring the rate of change of the smoothed power voltage using a controller to determine if the compressor is operating below or above the available power maximum, enabling adjustment of the compressor speed if necessary Replacing the capillary tube in the refrigerator system with an expansion valve, improving energy efficiency in certain operating conditions These adjustments to the compressor operation contribute to the conversion of the majority of the available solar power into stored thermal energy.
Applications may include a cold side water loop or incorporation of the evaporator into the thermal storage. Electronic controls also can be added to provide backup power from an alternative power source such as an electric grid.
Why it is Better The standard use of AC electricity supplied by the electric utility to power a single-speed vapor compression cooling system in a moderately insulated cabinet ties refrigerators to an electric grid and limits where they can be used.
This prohibits their use in off-grid applications and maintains a dependence on fossil fuels for power. For these reasons, the demand for solar appliances of all kinds is increasing.