Solar energy powers awesome vending machines
A vending machine could be the perfect saviour when you look for your favourite drink on those hot days. Sadly, vending machines require regular electricity to keep them up and running, making it very hard to install them in open areas.
Not anymore though, as recent developments have popped up a new line of vending machines that you can place literally anywhere without worrying about electricity to power them. These machines use an alternate power source, the sun, to get the renewable energy. Look at these working examples of the solar powered vending machines to get our point.
Free Standing Vending Machine by Coca Cola
Coca Cola has created a freestanding vending machine that runs entirely on solar power. This off grid machine is self-contained and fully functional. It is also very easy to install and easy to ship, thanks to its compact solar panels and internal batteries. The machine can turn out to be a great asset in open areas like promenades, boardwalks, beaches, ballparks, college campuses, amusement parks and even military bases. All that it needs is the sun to function. What if there is no sun? The machine simply stores surplus energy in its batteries, powering the machine for at least five days on this stored energy.
Solar Powered Vending Machine from Springwise
Springwise has also come up with its own unique plan to design a vending machine powered by solar energy. The machine incorporates a strong refrigeration system that can keep the foods and drinks inside it cool for hours. It is fitted with solar panels at the top to absorb the sun’s rays. The electricity thus generated is used to power the vending machine as well as recharge a battery that would keep the machine running at night and on cloudy/rainy days. An inbuilt wind turbine can substitute for solar energy in areas where the sun does not come out too often.
Solar Powered Vending Machine by Solar Vending
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Another company called Solar Vending has developed an entirely off-grid vending machine that uses solar power to power its refrigeration and vending mechanisms. The off-grid ability would allow the machine to be placed even in remote locations like in the middle of a golf course.
A number of companies have started developing solar powered vending machines to keep beverages in the most sustainable manner. Utilizing only the sun’s energy for operation, these machines will be a blessing for people living or travelling remote, off-grid locations.