Creating ice or making such is something that one would least expect from the desert but it seems that all of that has been resolved with the help of a solar-powered leaf.
The solution was arrived at in collaboration with Cofely Refrigeration. The process calls for condensation principles to create the ice over at the Sahara desert.
All of it was made possible when UNESCO-HE simulated desert conditions inside a shipping container to test the solar powered leaf.
The 200 m2 elm-leaf shaped structure has a PV cell coated underbelly, which powers cooling condensers. By heating the shipping container and running a humidifier, the group managed to reproduce the desert’s unique climatic conditions while a fan designed to simulates fierce desert winds, was pointed at the ice that collects on a aluminum shield of sorts.