The world is waking up to the huge possibilities of the sun’s free energy. The medical field is no exception. Recently, it has made considerable progress in the use of solar energy to meet varying demands specific to its field. What are they? Read on to get your answers.
The annual mean temperature in Sudan is 85.8 degrees Fahrenheit, and it can soar to as high as 110 degrees during the hot, summer months. Air conditioners are used in a surgery center in Sudan, but the use of conventional cooling systems implies high fossil fuel usage and skyrocketing power bills. To overcome these problems, the surgery facility in Sudan is using solar solutions. It is counting on solar panels and water from the Nile River to keep the building cool during summer. The medical center can now produce cold air without harming the environment.
While doing her doctoral research on a Nigerian hospital, Dr. Laura Stachel, a gynecologist and obstetrician at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, discovered that electricity was not available for more than 12 hours in this medical facility. Statistically, a dearth of electricity and little use of obstetric methods are the major cause of pregnancy-related deaths in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Stachel decided to do something about the situation, and embraced solar. Hal Aronson, Stachel’s husband, created a portable kit called the “solar suitcase” consisting of a battery charger, a mini solar panel, and outlets for LED lights. She took this device to the Nigerian hospital and left it there on the other doctors’ request.
Dr. Stachel, discovering the same problems in other clinics, started bringing more solar suitcases with her. Her determination to do something for the hospital had led to the inception of We Care Solar, an NGO headed by Stachel. Soon, 600 of these devices were used in more than 25 nations of sub-Saharan Africa, including Philippines and Haiti. These suitcases included a headlamp, overhead LED lights, a fetal heart monitor, a battery, an outlet for 12 volt DC current medical equipment, and even phone chargers. The system also incorporated a 40-65 watt solar panel. There is another model that boosts peak available power to about 240 watts. It generates one KW of electricity on a bright, sunny day. These solar kits are now deployed in 200 medical centers in various countries around the world. The solar suitcases are not only used to address obstetric needs, but also in healthcare events and medical emergencies.
Innovation Africa, another NGO, provides hospitals with a 240 watt PV system for operating simple medical equipment, lights, and a small refrigerator.
A groundbreaking PV technology can now convert water into steam to kill germs on dental and other medical instruments.
According to a team of Stanford University researchers, a major cause of poor vision or blindness can be solved by using tiny solar panels in the eyeball. This experiment is being conducted on rats. If it works successfully, human patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration can benefit from solar power.
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