Something New Under The Sun-SOLAR REFRIGERATOR
The solar refrigerator was a totally unexpected byproduct. “During the experiment,” Dr. Tchernev says, “we couldn’t apply heat to the water fast enough , so it kept freezing into ice. Instead of worrying about it, I said, ‘let’s make it work for us.’ So out of that came the idea for the solar refrigerator.”In 1978 Dr. Tchernev took the plunge and left MIT. “I decided if I really believed in what I was doing, I should be able to take the risk and start my own business making it.” So he formed the Zeopower Company.Work went forward at the small plant in Natick (west of Boston) under a US Department of Energy contract on the major project of developing the hot- and cold-water solar collector.