Scientists design low cost powerless system to heat food in remote areas

Lack of heating sources at remote places with no access or uncertain access to power sources is an inconvenience faced by many, especially in remote areas like the North East

A new low-cost heating system which can be activated by plain water anytime, anywhere and does not require any fuel or electricity to heat or power it, can act as a heating solution in any location.

Dr Sumer Singh, Associate Professor, Department of Design, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi along with his research team has developed a technology that works on chemical energy. It is called ‘Powerless Heating Technology’.

With this technology, users can heat ready-to-eat food, make instant noodles, and any beverage like tea, coffee, etc. The by-product of the heating process is a natural mineral that easily integrates into the soil without any toxic effects.

North East Center for Technology Application and Reach (NECTAR), an autonomous body under the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, supported Dr Singh and his team to develop a food box and a liquid container that can be integrated with the Powerless Heating Technology. They have used it to develop containers which can heat food or & beverages on demand.

Anchiale Technologies, a Gurugram-based startup, is scaling up this technology and has started supplying it to the Indian Navy and some food manufacturing companies. A patent for the technology has been filed. A nondisclosure agreement (NDA) has been signed with the Indian Tobacco Company (ITC) for integration of this technology in their food products.

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