To avoid infection, medical equipment need to have the proper sterilization process to avoid unwanted and dangerous infections. And while most medical institutions follow the usual sterilization process, the Little Devices group over at MIT have come up with a solar powered solution to sterilize medical tools.
The SolarClave makes use of the sun’s power to heat and pressure the chamber filled with medical equipment to make sure that all those dangerous microbes are killed. The system suspends an insulated “cooker” in a bucket over an array of 140 pocket sized mirrors.
On a clear day, the mirrors concentrate the sun’s power over 45 – 60 minutes to 250 degrees Fahrenheit – the temperature needed to sterilze the equipment. The sterilization cycle then takes 20 minutes.
The solution should be a neat alternative to the usual electric or gas powered ways of sterilizing medical equipment without compromising or worrying about sudden power outages or shortages.