FURI | Spring 2021

Mini Containers Research Project

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The Mini Containers Research project aims to reduce the food waste and carbon footprint of the current technologies used for transporting fresh produce by creating individual environmentally controlled containers that monitor the conditions of the product inside to keep it at optimal levels. This will be achieved by retrofitting the back of a trailer to fit 39 of these containers on top of a central driving unit that will supply air to the container as well as a microcontroller that will be in charge of opening all the valves needed for air to reach the container. The mini containers research project will also allow the transportation of dissimilar producers from different sources, eliminating the risk of cross-contamination and eliminating the waste of transporting one product at a time on top of benefiting small farmers.

Student researcher

Sergio Luis Lopez

Mechanical engineering

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Fall 2023