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Home Medical Refrigeration In An Emergency

When the electric power grid goes down in an extended emergency or natural disaster, if you are diabetic or have other medical conditions that require refrigerated medicines, your life or the life of loved ones depends on keeping medicine cold.

A solar powered refrigerator system can save the day. SunDanzer's super insulated super efficient mini refrigerator Model DCR50 is smaller than a washing machine and can operate 24/7/365 with a properly designed off grid solar system.

A typical system costs less than $2,000. Discuss this idea with your doctor and ask if your medical condition justifies a an emergency refrigerator prescription as a medical expense. A system installed and operating before December 31, 2015 also qualifies for the Federal renewable energy tax credit of 30 percent.

The components that make up a system include a solar panel, a circuit breaker, lightning arrestor, solar charge controller, fuses, wire and cables, and battery which is totally sealed and maintenance free. The refrigerator operates on 12 or 24 volt direct current VDC. The installation is simple and straight forward. There is a control option that allows the refrigerator to operate on 115 VAC from the grid when available, or from a small generator.

What if your location is not suitable for solar? The batteries that power the refrigerator can be charged from the grid while available and can provide 3-7 days of backup power. Batteries can also be relocated to a place where solar can work and be charged remotely. A small wind turbine can also be a supplement to charging in some locations. A vehicle alternator can also be a charging source. There are charge controllers used for RVs, travel trailers and boats designed to charge secondary batteries in addition to the vehicle starting battery.

The delivery time on a home medical refrigeration system is typically about a week.

Some reference material:

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/EmergencyPreparedness/ucm085200.htm  

http://ctwatchdog.com/health/insulin-other-medicine-requiring-refrigeration-need-to-read-this-warning-following-electric-outages

The SunDanzer 50 liter DC refrigerator or freezer is the smallest SunDanzer measuring only 26.5 x 23 x 30.5 inches (673 x 584 x 775 mm).

This ultra efficient unit has exceptionally low energy consumption requiring smaller, less expensive power systems and low operating expense.

The Model 50L features the same high quality construction, excellent reliability and long life as SunDanzer's larger solar refrigerators and freezers

Super-insulated cabinets feature 4.3 inches (11 cm) of polyurethane insulation with powdered-coated galvanized steel exterior and aluminum interior. A zero maintenance, brushless, thermostatically controlled DC compressor operates on 12 or 24 VDC. This chest-style refrigerator or freezer is easy to clean using the drain hole at the bottom of the unit.

SunDanzer also has a 115 VAC power supply option.

SunDanzer direct current (DC) refrigerators and freezers are specifically designed for high efficiency and low energy consumption to allow refrigeration to operate on the smallest possible energy input from a solar energy system, micro-turbine, wind generator, fuel cell or battery.

SunDanzer Model 50L Specifications:

  • Voltage: 10 - 31VDC

  • Average Energy Use:

    • DCR50 Refrigerator

      • 114 Watt-hrs/day @ 32C (89F)

      • 9.6 Amp-hrs/day @ 12V, 32C (89F)

    • DCF50 Freezer

      • 280 Watt-hrs/day @ 32C (89F)

      • 24.5 Amp-hrs/day @ 12V, 32C (89F)

  • Gross Capacity: 50L / 1.8 cubic feet

  • Exterior Dimensions (W x D x H)

    • 26.5 x 23 x 30.5 inches

    • 673 x 584 x 775 mm

  • Shipping Dimensions (W x D x H):

    • 27.5 x 24.5 x 36.5 inches

    • 699 x 623 x 927 mm

  • Weight: 75 pounds (24.6 kgs) including packaging, ships via truck freight prepaid and added

SunDanzer Information

Special pricing is available for multiple unit purchases and for export shipments outside the USA and Canada.  We can offer significant price breaks for 5 units, 15 units and full container load orders.  Please contact us with your requirements for a quotation.

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