Last updated: February 24, 2015
Solar cookers can be used with pressure cookers or similar devices to provide the heat for autoclave of medical instruments.
Recent news and developments
- July 2013: University graduate students create sun-harvesting nanoparticles - Rice University nanotechnology researchers have unveiled a solar-powered sterilization system that could be a boon for more than 2.5 billion people who lack adequate sanitation. The "solar steam" sterilization system uses nanomaterials to convert as much as 80 percent of the energy in sunlight into germ-killing heat. The researchers hope to work with waste-treatment pioneer, Sanivation, to conduct the first field tests of the solar steam waste sterilizer at three sites in Kenya. Read more...
Articles in the media
- July 2013: Off-Grid Sterilization With 'Solar Steam' - Science Daily
- Students create Salud del Sol to market solar cookers as autoclaves in Nicaragua - State Department Federal Credit Union Brass Magazine
- June 2009: Harnessing Both Sun and Cell Phone to Close Gaps in Local Health Care - Worldchanging
- October 2003: Solar power cooks medical waste - BBC
- July 2006: Use of the Solar Panel Cooker for Medical Pressure Steam Sterilization - Barbara Kerr and Jim Scott
- Naim Janmohamed M.D. is a pediatrician with programs in Kenya, and is a U.N. Rep. for Solar Cookers International. Dr. Janmohamed has used solar cookers and pressure cookers to sterilize medical instruments for health centres miles away from regular supplies of electricity.
- The Kerr-Cole Sustainable Living Center has experience with solar autoclaves