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474RE: [hreg] solar fridges

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  • Ewert, Mike
    Dec 1, 2000
      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.

      -----Original Message-----
      From: EXT-Mendell, Christopher N
      Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2000 9:25 AM
      To: 'hreg@egroups.com'
      Subject: RE: [hreg] solar fridges

      Is the space station refrigerator functionality based on thermoelectric heat
      pump while utilizing vacuum panel technology for insulation?
      Chris Mendell

      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: Kim & Garth Travis [SMTP:gartht@...]
      > Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2000 8:04 AM
      > To: hreg@egroups.com
      > 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
      > station.
      > One of the first HREG meetings was at NASA to look at the fridge and its
      > unique
      > properties. I was wondering if the same technology could be used for a
      > deep
      > freeze. In addition to its every day applications, it would be great not
      > to
      > need a generator to back up the power for outages such as ice storms when
      > the
      > grid goes down for 4 or 5 days.
      > Kim
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