Preservator/Sabjikothi is a wheel mountable storage for transportation of fresh fruits and vegetables. It is a cost-effective, microclimate based, portable storage that extend the shelf-life and preserve the freshness of fruits and vegetables anywhere between 5 to 30 days. The entire setup can be unloaded from wheels, and can doubly acts as on-field & on-market storage. It requires 20 watts of power and 1 litre of water and has battery backup of a day and an option of solar charging. The USP of the technology, therefore, lies in the fact that entire setup can be assembled on any suitable means of transportation (E-rickshaw, mini-trucks, thelas etc.) and it can transport contamination-free fruits and vegetables from field to market without any water loss and decay.
Sabjikothi work by construction of self-adaptable, ethylene oxidizing, and near-sterile microclimate in an insulated chamber. The controlled microclimate created inside the insulated chamber inhibit pathogen growth, delays browning as well as ripening and regulate activity of antioxidant enzyme. It also oxidizes ethylene into hydrogen, carbon di-oxide, water vapour and other small molecules which further creates a controlled atmosphere that enables the storage of fruits and vegetables for anywhere upto 40 days.
It is a self-sustainable solution that only require 20 watt of electricity either on-grid or off-grid, and a litre of water per day.