The world’s only human-powered solar power plant has been launched, powering up a number of devices, including smart refrigerators, electric lightbulbs and washing machines.
The prototype, which was tested in the Mojave Desert in California, has been used in the past to power the world-first ‘smart refrigerator’, a device that can monitor the temperature of a fridge and adjust the temperature accordingly.
PepsiCo, which is owned by PepsiCo’s PepsiCo Group, said the new project will also allow customers to “connect with” their appliances using smart phones, tablets and other connected devices.
The project is part of PepsiCo ‘s ambitious mission to “recharge the world”, as part of the company’s drive to provide customers with the highest-quality, low-carbon energy products.
It will also help the company better understand how to make smarter products that can reduce carbon emissions, PepsiCo said.
In India, Pepsi’s ‘smart’ fridge was installed last year in more than 3,000 homes and businesses.
The prototype has been installed in a number to power up the refrigerators in the city of Coimbatore, in western India.
Pepco’s project is in partnership with the government-owned Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and the city has now installed its first unit.