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Rethink the fridge

Most refrigerators have only 2 climate zones, one for ice cream the other for cooling.

How could a fridge look like if we redesign the fridge for today’s use?

This is who we are

CSSF is a cooperative that pushes the boundaries for smart sustainable farming.

Front runners among farming companies, tech companies and knowledge institutions work together with other relevant stakeholders to stimulate a system change in the agri-food domain in order to fulfill the (coming) needs of the society and avoiding the negative impact of the sector that puts our long term food provision at risk.

Summary Agrifood Challenges

AgriFood challenges are big challenges for the next generations with an increasing world population in combination with global developments that endangers sufficient food supply like climate change resulting in more extremes occurring in the weather system (rising temperatures, drought, heavy rains), soil degradation & pollution, and biodiversity loss.

Big societal challenges in agrifood are also related to human health , to diet change and to animal welfare.

Challenge Rethink the Refrigerator

Most of the refrigerators people have at home only have 2 climate zones. The more luxury and also much more expensive fridges now comes with multiple climate zones. The idea is that different climate zones for different products lengthen their shelf life.

Looking at our use and demand of today, is the refrigerator up for a major overhaul?
What if we look at today’s use and possible future use of our refrigerator, keeping in min sustainability and power consumption, and would start from scratch, waht would be the outcome of a redesign.

Tip, how would primary school children redesign a refrigerator? Can you think out of the box as these children? Then this is your challenge!

Redesign a solution for keeping food fresh at very low energy consumption.

This is why your input is valuable!

Frontrunners among farmers are looking for clever innovations that enable them to produce food in a sustainable way and with the highest yields possible. For the production of fruits and vegetables, many of those innovative farmers have high expectations of small autonomous robots that can work (sow, water, weed, harvest) with high precision at the level of individual plants or fruits.

One of these farmers sees the development of a robot that collects fallen apples form the ground as a first pragmatic step in the direction of a more versatile autonomous robot for vegetables and fruits. Good concepts created by you could be adopted and supported for further development. The apples collected by the prototype robot will certainly be used to make apple chutney to be consumed.


Desired Outcomes

  • Creative concepts
  • Technical solutions
  • Outside the box thinking
  • State of the art overviews are appreciated.

Follow up

If your team comes up with a great concept we and our partners would like to help you by creating a working prototype for testing.