EVA (Evaporative Cooled Food Storage System)

Nearly a third of global food production is lost due to waste and spoilage, contributing to extreme poverty, food insecurity, and approximately 8% of global carbon emissions annually. Team EVA looked to the thermoregulation strategies employed by elephants, jackrabbits, and fennec foxes and designed a low-cost refrigeration system that requires no electricity to operate. They also found inspiration in termites, paperbark, and quiver trees to refine the insulating capabilities of their innovation. This cooling food storage system has the potential to directly address food waste, climate change, poverty, and the use of harmful refrigerants.