Fishermen from Bluefields, Whitehouse and Oracabessa areas who participated in C-FISH’s Offshore Fishing activity now benefit from an alternative energy sourced freezer. In the past, these fishermen were challenged by the lack of reliable freezer access to store unsold catch. This would result in them having to ask someone to keep their unsold catch, selling it for very little or even giving it away for free at the end of the working day. Therefore, the idea to install freezers powered by alternative energy was well received by these two fishing communities especially since it came at no extra monthly cost.
Each site received a 22 cubic foot Frigidaire energy efficient freezer that is powered by a 500 watt vertical axis wind turbine and three 300 watt solar panels. Other components of the system include an off grid mini inverter, 2 solar chargers and 4 deep cycle solar batteries. The choice of a wind/solar hybrid system is great option as during the day the system will utililize the energy from the solar panels and at night it will utilize the wind which is so common by the coast.
Even though the system is being powered by two renewable energy sources, batteries are still key in case neither wind or solar energy is available. These solar/wind freezers will now allow fishers to to store their unsold catch which will enable them sell their produce at a time that is more convenient to them.