Harvesting solar energy to benefit remote communities worldwide

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Harvesting solar energy to benefit remote communities worldwide

B Medical Systems Solar Direct Drive (SDD) models utilize electricity generated by solar panels to power up refrigerators storing vaccines and medicines in remote parts of the world where a reliable power supply is otherwise unavailable. However, solar panels create more energy than what is required by the company’s SDD products. For this reason, B Medical Systems created the Energy Harvesting System or otherwise known as the Health Center Kit, an additional equipment which can be connected directly to the solar power supply and that can be used to power up essential devices such as lamps, fans and power plugs and sockets.

There are many settlements around the world that are so remote that to this day still lack reliable access to electricity. This puts a serious limit to the way many services that rely on electrical devices to run smoothly can be carried out and vaccinations is one of them. Many vaccines are thermosensitive, meaning that if they are exposed to suboptimal temperatures, they can spoil and seriously impair the ability of a community to get immunized against diseases. This issue can be easily solved by storing these vaccines at the right temperatures with refrigerators and freezers, but without a reliable energy supply, the best bet for these communities is to deploy SDD medical equipment with solar panels such as the one offered by B Medical Systems.

But the safekeeping of vaccines is not the only thing that can be put at risk by the lack of electricity. Other medical procedures need electricity to have equipment work and let’s not forget that with no light at night emergency procedures must be done in the dark, a situation that can put the patient’s life at risk. As an example, it is not uncommon in these places for mothers to give birth in the dark.

Having noticed this issue, B Medical Systems created the Energy Harvesting System, a device which can be connected directly to the solar power supply and utilize the excess electricity created during the day by the solar panels to power its features: two lamps, a fan and multiple USB ports to charge other devices such as mobile phones.

This device can be critical: the two lights it comes equipped with will allow doctors and nurses to help their patients during the night or can be used to create an area where communities can gather after the sun sets. Moreover, this product will be able to deliver a positive impact in the maternal and neonatal care, and in the education sectors. The fan will allow to aerate close spaces and the USB ports will ensure that other electrical devices such as phones will be able to be charged. Moreover, future medical equipment such as the latest-generation ultrasound equipment, will also be able to be connected to the device, increasing its potential uses.

The product is manufactured using rotomoulding technology, thereby guaranteeing its longevity, resistance against corrosion, and sturdiness. The Health Center Kit is also equipped with lockable compartments and storage places for mobiles and other devices. The ‘plug and play’ ensures that these units can be easily connected to the existing B Medical Systems’ SDD products, making it simple to deploy, while its wheels allow for its easy movement in case its relocation is needed.

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