The international conference on SolarChill units was held the 05. June in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Partners were the Programme Organisation et Developpment des Communautes (PODC, Cameroon) et Solafrica (www.solafrica.ch). The aim was the further dissemination of SolarChill units in Cameroon.
During the meeting it was agreed, that PODC and Solafrica will obtain 5 SolarChill A units from our partnering manufacturer Palfridge (eSwatini) as a donation as soon as the units are available.
A site visit at Naikarra Dispensary, Narok county was done together with Rebekka Oelze from the Christian Health Facility Kenya (CHAK) and Dr. Simon Mischel from the SolarChill project. After a warm welcome of the local health workers we visited the installation place for the SolarChill A vaccine refrigerator. At the moment the health facility uses an old-fashioned absorber refrigerating box driven by LPG for cooling the vaccines. As the nearest place for obtaining LPG is about 50 km away, it is a hard task to ensure the delivery of LPG. Another problem is the limited space such a box provides. See the picture section for more information on Naikarra dispensary.
Naikarra is also an excellent place for installing a SolarChill B unit. The nearby church provides a place where the whole community gathers at the evenings or during community events. Therefore, a pre-site assessment was carried out during our visit to gather important information about the local conditions (e.g. roof structure, room availability).
Rafael Hernán Rivera Caballero performed an installation of a B Medical TCW40SDD unit in Pueblo Bello, Departamento del Cesar in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
The installation site is about 6 hours away from Valledupar city. To reach the site, it takes about 2.5 hours by car followed by a 3 hours hike along the Guatapurí river.
The solar panels were assembled at the site and then mounted on a structure specially designed for the housing of the panels.
Everything went quite well during the successful installation of the unit in an off-grid area somewhere in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
Thanks to our country managers Elizabeth Ngodza and Peter Chawira, together with Patricia Mamba and Clifford Dlamini (both MCIT), the site assessment visits for potential SolarChill B sites were done from 23-27 April 2018 in the Kingdom of eSwatini.
The main purposes were:
The site assessment was done in different locations in the regions Lubombo (4 sites), Shiselweni (5 sites), Manzini (3 sites) and Hhohho (3 sites). All sites have no electricity connection.
The SolarChill project reached an important milestone.
The installation of the first B-Medical SolarChill unit took place in Caldono, Cauca province, Colombia in the health facility "punto de atención Caldono".
First, the solar arrays were installed at the roof of the health facility. Second, the unit was installed inside the building. After wiring and successful testing of the complete installation, the setup was finished. Running for approximately 24h, the temperature inside the vaccine compartment of the B-Medical unit reached about 5.5 °C. This temperature is well within the desirable range of vaccine storage. With the in-build monitoring device we are able to monitor the ambient and inside temperature and thus are able to monitor the performance of the unit.