This is a hybrid cooling concept worth considering: kitchen cabinet-style distribution and space-saving fridge design. It takes the idea of a portable, personal mini-refrigerator and expands it to the entire cold food storage system within a typical cabinetry-oriented kitchen layout – saving the need for normally-large spaces required to accommodate full-sized fridges.
On top of providing a greater degree of accessibility, this strategy is arguably more sustainable as well. Debatable, perhaps, is the wisdom of breaking up a single cooling system, but opening one fridge will at least not cause the same heat gain problems as would opening a normal-capacity refrigerator.
Other advantages of the Divide&Cool system include variable (and adjustable) levels of cold, humidity, and so forth, allowing for more custom-tailored solutions for different kinds of perishable goods – an extension of the fridge-and-freezer idea on a much more finely-tuned scale. And, of course, as modular parts of a larger set, each one can be custom-located and sized based on specific needs.
Here’s more info:
“The aim of the present invention is the realization of modular kitchen furniture, wherein, means are provided to easily transform the kitchen cabinets either into a cooler or a dry storage compartment, as desired. The modular kitchen furniture designed to fulfill the objectives of the present
invention and described in the first claim and in the other claims related to said first claim, comprises supply and return lines between the compressor unit and the kitchen cabinet, whereby the kitchen cabinets located inside the kitchen are transformed either into compartments used for cooling purposes or dry storage compartments.”
“In order to be able to utilize the kitchen cabinets as coolers, if necessary, supply and return lines are positioned onto the mentioned kitchen cabinets. When the insulated unit is placed into a kitchen cabinet, by easily attaching the evaporator inside the insulated unit to the supply and return lines and thus connecting each element of the refrigeration cycle to each other, the refrigeration cycle is completed.”