Could a ‘Bio Cooler’ Be the Answer for Saving Energy?
The idea of creating a Bio Cooler came from Coco-Cola’s desire to supply people in isolated locations around the world with cold refreshments. Coca-Cola realized not everyone has electricity or can live in an ideal location around the world. There are some countries where people live in isolated locations that the summer heat rises above 113 degrees. Therefore, Coca-Cola was looking for a solution to supply these people with cold refreshments that didn’t require electricity to keep them cold. When Leo Burnett of the Leo Burnett Colombia Agency in Columbia heard this idea he decided to take on the project.
The Leo Burnett Colombia Agency teamed up with the International Physics Centre in Bogota to design the Bio Cooler. According to Fernando Hernandez, ECD of the Leo Burnett Colombia Agency, the industrial design team started the project off by using the evaporation system principle for the Bio Cooler. The principle the team chose for the project comes from ancient cultures that used plants and wet dirt to keep their food cold in ceramic chambers.
The Bio Cooler actually performs better under very hot conditions, according to the International Physics Center. The new cooler works two ways. First, when you water the plants on top of the cooler the evaporation cools the chamber. Second, the heat of the sun creates the solar power for the unit. The sun is used to turn the gas inside the refrigerator to liquid. The gas lowers the temperature inside the chamber.
The first Bio Cooler was delivered to a small village in Aipir Columbia. Aipir is one of Columbia’s hottest cities. Furthermore, this small village is poor and doesn’t have access to basic commodities like electricity. Many locals that live in this village are forced to endure a long day’s journey to acquire supplies and ice to take back to the village.
At first this might seem like a publicity stunt for Cola-Cola, but it’s not. The Leo Burnett Colombia Agency believes this invention can be used for keeping medicines and vaccines fresh in hot, out of the way locations around the world. The agency feels this is just the beginning to help small villages around the globe that live without electricity led a better life. The agency has high hopes to carry this project to higher levels. Currently, the company is making modifications to the Bio Cooler original design so it can be used for storing food and medicine.
Watch the video below to see the first Bio Cooler in existence.
Shada is a retired teacher, freelance writer, loves to garden, and do crafts with her grandchildren.