Yes, the Europeans are building several refrigerator/freezers for the
International Space Station which use thermoelectric cooling devices and
vacuum panel insulation. There will be 3 on board at a time in the
Habitation module, which will arrive in 2005. Until then, the crew will eat
thermo-stabilized, dried and canned food.
The Space Station refrigerator will indeed be solar powered because the
whole Space Station is solar powered. Here is one link with a little
information about the power system.
From: EXT-Mendell, Christopher N
Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2000 9:25 AM
Subject: RE: [hreg] solar fridges
Is the space station refrigerator functionality based on thermoelectric heat
pump while utilizing vacuum panel technology for insulation?
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> From: Kim & Garth Travis [SMTP:gartht@...]
> Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2000 8:04 AM
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> Subject: Re: [hreg] solar fridges
> Andrew McCalla wrote:
> > I'm not sure what Kim means by "solar fridge".
> I am referring to the solar fridge that NASA developed for the space
> One of the first HREG meetings was at NASA to look at the fridge and its
> properties. I was wondering if the same technology could be used for a
> freeze. In addition to its every day applications, it would be great not
> need a generator to back up the power for outages such as ice storms when
> grid goes down for 4 or 5 days.