05 Aug '11, 4am

Off-grid Solar Powered Vaccine Cooler Keeping Children in Remote Areas Healthy

Off-grid Solar Powered Vaccine Cooler Keeping Children in Remote Areas Healthy

A solar-powered refrigerator developed in Denmark is helping doctors and staff at health clinics in Kenya’s Rift Valley store and keep critical vaccines fresh and children vaccinated against diseases such as Hepatitis B, according to an AlertNet news report by David Njagi . The off-grid, solar powered coolers are the fruit of research and development begun back in 2001 by the SolarChill Project Partners . The Danish Technological Institute, which had been working on developing a solar-powered refrigerator that didn’t require batteries, joined with Danish refrigerator manufacturer Vestfrost to design and build a prototype, with the Danfoss Company adding its expertise to develop a direct current (DC) hydrocarbon compressor. With funding from Greenpeace International, the first SolarChill Vaccine Cooler prototypes were built and demonstrated in 2002 at the World Summit on Su...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/08/05/off-grid-solar-powere...

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