EEP Zambia & Tanzania

Cooling the way to a sustainable future

02/2021 - 04/2023


General Overview

Our project “SelfChill Zambia and Tanzania” aims to introduce solar-powered cooling solutions based on the SelfChill concept to small-scale farmers in Zambia and Tanzania. The project aims to improve food safety, reduce food waste, and increase income. The SelfChill concept focuses on scalable solar cooling solutions based on key components to facilitate local assembly. Within the project, different SelfChill system configurations based on a modular water chiller are locally assembled and installed for demonstration at agricultural cooperatives, farms, and schools.



Small-scale farmers in Tanzania and Zambia face numerous challenges in preserving and storing their produce, leading to food spoilage, reduced shelf life, and decreased income. The lack of access to affordable, sustainable, and reliable cooling solutions exacerbates this problem. SelfChill Zambia and Tanzania seeks to address this challenge by introducing solar-powered cooling solutions that are scalable, locally assembled, and affordable.

Project Outcome

During the project five solar cooling systems have been locally assembled in Zambia and Tanzania and implemented together with different end-users:

  • Solar cold room for hard cheese production at a dairy farm
  • Milk cooling system at dairy cooperatives
  • Mobile milk cooling system to cool surplus milk of smallscale farmers
  • Solar cold room for school cafeteria and neigbouring farmers
  • Solar cold room for training facility

In addition, the project successfully empowered local solar technicians and companies and operated several activities to start dissemination of cooling technologies in the target countries:

  • In Zambia and in Tanzania local assembly workshops for the construction of SelfChill cooling systems have been equipped and started assembly.
  • In Tanzania a technical training and conference took place. In addition, SelfChill was presented at two local trade fairs and one international conference.
  • In Zambia in cooperation with the local training institution, two technical trainings, a conference and info days have been operated. SelfChill concept was presented at a local agricultural trade fair.

In addition, awareness-building activities took place via presentation at international conferences, social media and press publications.

The project “SelfChill Zambia and Tanzania” is supported by the Energy and Environment Partnership Trust Fund (EEP Africa). This is a clean energy financing facility hosted and managed by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) with funding from Austria, Finland and NDF. It is guided by a vision for a climate-resilient, zero-carbon future with the aim of contributing to the achievement of the Paris Agreement on climate change and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).