Bio Robot Concept Fridge Uses Green Goo to Cool Your Food

Imagine a fundamentally different sort of refrigerator–one that offers complete visibility of all your food while consuming a boatload less energy than even today’s most energy-efficient models. Russian designer Yuriy Dmitriev did, and the result is a concept fridge that uses nothing more than some cooling agents suspended in gel to keep foods fresh.

Like the micro-dishwasher concept we recently covered here at ET, the Bio Robot Refrigerator was created for the Electrolux Design Lab Competition, which asks designers to re-imagine today’s appliances for the future; like that dishwasher, the technical details on this bold new fridge are a little sketchy. Suffice to say that the cooling agents in that crazy green gel are “bio robots” that use luminescence — light generated in cold temperatures — to preserve food. Using the fridge is as simple as shoving your food right into that biopolymer gel (which Inhabitat assures us has no odor and is not sticky), where it will hang, miraculously suspended in its cool environs, until you should happen to feel peckish.


image via Inhabitat

While there are some definite issues with this concept (Wouldn’t a head of romaine lettuce wind up with green gel caught up in its leaves? Is the gel strong enough to hold up a jug of Sunny D?), there hasn’t been a whole lot done with the electricity-hogging fridge since the advent of freon-based models in the 1950’s. The Bio Robot Fridge concept exhibits some original thinking on the subject, and best of all, it’s a zero-energy appliance.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.


  • Reply August 18, 2010


    I like to see the various designs that are created to help the environment, as well as increase the efficiency of everyday living.

    It’s ideas like this one that allow us to finally hit on a successful approach.

    Here on the East Coast (NJ), Viridian Energy is offering GREENER electricity at an affordable price to both Residential AND Commercial customers. Due to energy deregulation, people now have a CHOICE! With both 20% and 100% renewable source (wind power) options, there’s no reason NOT to switch to Viridian.

    Keep up the great work, EarthTechling. Thanks, Bud

  • Reply July 30, 2011


    I wonder when it will come out.nnMy kids’ kids’ will probably go to a friends house and say, “You have a rainbow one?! Lucky, mine is only blue”!

  • Reply September 10, 2011

    Aella C

    I want one like asap.u00a0

  • Reply March 19, 2012

    Yormmak Kl

    I’ll like belly flop into gel and eat it Loooks yummy xD

  • Reply May 23, 2012


    i could stick “things” in there

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