A Comprehensive Review of the Impacts of COVID-19 on Food Preservation and the Cold Chain: An Approach for Implementing Green Energy Technologies

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About Prog Sustain Energy. March 8, 2022: e13820. doi: 10.1002/ep.13820. Online ahead of print.


Technology plays a crucial role in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all facets of human life, including food preservation and the supply chain. Changes in food processing and preservation lead to changes in global food choice. In the era of fear of the COVID-19 pandemic, this article explores the framework of food security. It offers insight into food security with a focus on renewable energy to help rural farmers, in addition to exploring the possibility of the spread of COVID-19 through the food chain. This article indicates that the implementation of stand-alone and hybrid renewable energy systems is relatively new in the food processing, preservation and transportation chain. Green food preservation can be a revolutionary idea to meet the challenges of the future in order to secure both producers and customers, in addition to improving the attractiveness of the ecological, economic and creative sectors. This study reveals that the transformation can be achieved from a technological and economic point of view with the key steps to achieve this objective in a profitable way. The observation also shows an appropriate methodology to identify the best energy, economic and environmental scenario to meet the energy needs in isolated areas.

PMID:35573820 | PMC: PMC9087429 | DOI:10.1002/ep.13820