Recently, we blogged about solar powered food trucks. This new trend combines the convenience of corner restaurants (with far tastier fare than fast food) with free solar power to operate lighting, ovens, refrigerators and more.
So, it only goes without saying that a solar powered ice cream truck would soon be making headlines.
Enjoying a frozen treat is far from a “necessity,” but running on pure solar power without the need for expensive, environmentally damaging grid-based electricity, can definitely brighten your summer mood!
Solar powered refrigeration is nothing new. But this Amsterdam-based studio has combined that concept with solar powered golf carts to create an ice cream truck that runs and operates on energy from the sun.
During the day, while the sun is shining, the system stores solar power in batteries. Enough solar energy is generated that the freezer can be kept consistently cool day and night.
Like a solar powered golf cart, this ice cream truck is outfitted with PV solar panels on the rooftop. Even when the sun is not shining, UV light is absorbed and converted into solar electricity to charge the battery and keep the ice cream at a consistent, cold temperature. The battery in the system also can be charged with electricity – like an electric car – simply by plugging into an external socket.
What’s not to love about a solar powered ice cream truck? Keeping cool with the heat from the sun!
A delicious irony!