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23-year-old Emily Cummins's Eco and economical fridge get applause and award from Nobel prize winners

23-year-old Emily Cummins, student of Leeds University got and idea of making the solar powered fridge when she was at the university. She made a prototype from her grandfather's shed. Now, already in use across Africa.

Cummins was selected as a Oslo Business for Peace Honouree in Norway last week, a prestigious award established last year for ethical businesspeople which is overseen by a panel of Nobel prize winners.

Next month, in Japan, the Junior Chamber International will name her one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World for this year.

A metal cylinder is placed inside a larger cylinder made of wood or cardboard. The space in-between the two is filled with a material that can be soaked in water, like soil or cloth, and as the sun heats that material and the water evaporates, it pulls the heat off the inner cylinder. Perishables can be kept at a cool 6 degrees C with no power needed whatsoever.

It's already being used in Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

"Hopefully these awards will inspire other young people to think about how they can contribute to our global community in a positive way," said Cummins to Dailymail.

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