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Mitticool Refrigerator

Context: Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) develops an Indian Standard for 'Non-electric cooling cabinet made of clay'. 

About Mitticool Refrigerator: 

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has developed an Indian Standard, IS 17693: 2022, for a 'non-electric cooling cabinet made of clay'. It is a natural refrigerator made mainly from clay and can store vegetables, fruits, milk and cooling water. It provides natural coolness without requiring any electricity. Fruits, milk and vegetables can be stored reasonably fresh without deteriorating their quality.

Shri Mansukh Bhai Prajapati from Gujarat is the inventor of this refrigerator technology named 'Mitticool refrigerator'. This projects an eco-friendly technology. The technology (Mitticool Refrigerator) was exhibited at the 4th batch of Innovations Scholars In-residence Programme held at Rashtrapati Bhawan in 2017 in partnership with the National Innovation Foundation (NIF). NIF supports, scouts and spawns grassroots innovations of individuals and local communities in any technological field. It helps them in product and professional development without any help from the formal sector. 

Refrigeration is a food storage technique to prevent bacterial growth by increasing the shelf life and making the food fit for consumption.

BIS standard specifies the performance requirements and construction of a cooling cabinet made out of clay. It operates on the principle of evaporative cooling and is used to store perishable foodstuff without electricity. The efficacy of the product is boundless. 

Benefits of the product: 

  1. It is playing an influential role in reviving the pottery tradition, culture, and heritage; connecting people back to roots in better, healthier ways; 
  2. It will promote sustainable consumption; 
  3. It will economically empower the indigent community; working towards a green and cool earth, 
  4. It will result in economic development and employment generation
  5. It will contribute toward rural women's upliftment and make them financially independent.

In this era, where the world is dominated by technology and advancement, there are people in our country who still bank on traditional cooling. Clay pots have been an integral part of Indian kitchens until factory-made products of various materials invaded the market. 

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