site Assessment visits, Solarchill B, eSwatini

The assessment team: Peter Chawira, Elizabeth Ngodza, Patricia Mamba and Clifford Dlamini
The assessment team: Peter Chawira, Elizabeth Ngodza, Patricia Mamba and Clifford Dlamini

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:

  • find suitable locations
  • examination of the buildings and the roofs for photovoltaic installation
  • check if building space for refrigerator is sufficient
  • road and security conditions

 

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.

First SolarChill installation in Caldono, Cauca, Colombia

Installation team: Carlos Ferney Lopez Prieto and the team from Caldono
Installation team: Carlos Ferney Lopez Prieto and the team from Caldono

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.