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Con­struc­tion of a cli­mate-friendly fish cold store in Kenya

12/2021 , Publication - Technical Publication :

Guidelines for the installation, design and calculation of a highly efficient solar-powered cold store using natural refrigerants

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Kenya has one of the most active fisheries sectors in the region, consisting of freshwater (lakes, rivers and dams), coastal, marine and aquaculture fisheries. Against this backdrop, the Kenyan Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development and the Green Cooling Initiative launched a collaboration to promote sustainable cold storage solutions in the fisheries sector with an approach to climate-neutral cooling through the use of energy-efficient cold storage powered by renewable solar electricity and the use of cooling systems with natural, low-GWP refrigerants.

As part of the cooperation with GIZ, the Kenyan Ministry launched a tender for local operators to pilot Green Cooling cold storage in their operations. More than 10 companies were shortlisted and Lakeview Fishery, which operates a fish farm on Mfangano Island on Lake Victoria, was selected. The company received financial support from the Green Cooling Initiative and funds from the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The company also received technical support in planning and installing the cold store.

Within this framework, this practical guide was developed. It contains general and practical advice on the construction of environmentally friendly cold storage facilities.