Unilever is constantly seeking to revolutionise its operations and effect on the environment and resource usage. Therefore, as part of its goal to become carbon positive by 2030, Unilever are continuously searching for new and exciting technologies that can help solve the great challenges of todays society including energy usage.
Reliance on electrical power is dependent on a stable grid network which is not always feasible and Unilever would like to supplement the grid with a more sustainable approach. This approach would require new designs or technology solutions to maintain the cooling temperature issue without compromising on the quality that consumers of our products expect.
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Many current freezing and cooling techs are reliant on external power sources - in areas where power supply is unreliable or access to power is limited, there can be detrimental effects on chilled and frozen products. Therefore, we are seeking new innovations in chilling and freezing technologies that can be used to help reduce and/or maintain low temperature.
The solution could be a completely novel cooling technology, a retrofit to existing fridges or freezers, or a step-change in refrigeration design. Solutions could be from a number of industries or technology areas, such as novel insulation material, phase change materials, evaporative cooling refrigerators, or off-grid power solutions. Unilever are looking for breakthrough technologies in these areas to enhance their current capabilities.
The successful technology (or technologies) will be capable of the following performance:
Ultimately, Unilever hopes to identify a cost-effective, non-powered innovation that can be used in an enclosed space to maintain temperatures lower than the ambient surrounding temperature with no grid supply.
Unilever is open to any and all approaches capable of achieving the performance goals described above.
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