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Which battery technologies can best transport and protect leafy vegetables?

Typically, a truck with an engine powered refrigeration system is used to transport large quantities of vegetables and produce over long distances and open highways. However, with the rise in compact urban farms that are close to their local markets, these truck transportation systems don't make as much sense. Instead, there seems to be room for a creative solution that will safely protect and move vegetables through urban environments better than before.

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What battery or hybrid technology would be best to transport and manage temperature of leafy vegetables between an urban farm and a local market that is less than 100 miles away?

Your solution should do the following:

1. Identify the power source used to manage the temperature of the vegetables.

2. Describe the vehicle that would transport these vegetables. How big is it? Where do the vegetables go? Is it integrated in any way with the temperature control unit? What does it look like?

3. How can the operator track the temperature of the produce? The goal would be to reduce waste, prevent mold and mildew, and maintain optimum quality.

4. Provide an illustration of your idea to help us visualize your temperature control system alone.

5. Provide an illustration of your idea that integrates the temperature control system with the transport vehicle.

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