Refrigerated Camels

Instead of using refrigerated trucks to deliver medical supplies to people who live in the deserts of Africa, inventors have built solar-powered refrigerators that can be carried by camels, and so the medicines are delivered via refrigerated camel.

Apparently it wasn't that easy to build a camel-carried refrigerator. It had to be lightweight, but also sturdy enough to survive the motion of being on the camel as well as the extreme desert conditions.

More info: ABC News, inhabitat.com



Posted By: Alex - Wed May 31, 2017
Category: Animals, Inventions, Medicine, Transportation, Africa





Comments
Well, that's really innovative. One can obtain 12 volt powered refrigeration devices used in recreation vehicles and I'm sure enough solar panels could be set up to run it. The devices use a part called a Peltier device. You can find them in small cheap refrigerators like you'd buy for a dormitory room.

However, they are not as robust in extreme conditions compared to a compressor type that you have in your kitchen. Still, for transporting drugs needed in backwood areas this is well thought out.
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 05/31/17 at 05:00 PM
Obviously there's no lack of sunlight in that area, but would it a little less bulky to make a compressor powered by the back and forth motion of the camel's walking gait?
Posted by MRM on 06/01/17 at 12:47 PM
@MRM -- TANSTAAFL

The pendulum for extracting useful energy would have to be large, and the camel would have to work harder to replace the energy being extracted. (It's my understanding that camel's are like donkeys in that they'll refuse to budge once they feel they've done enough work.)
Posted by Phideaux in in his own little world on 06/01/17 at 05:39 PM
Then they spit on you. And that's about a quart.

I like the 2nd camel, wearing a neck skirt, apparently. Guess that's a girl camel. How else are you gonna attach her skirt?
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 06/01/17 at 08:41 PM
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