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Solar distillation and sterilization unit for water

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  • Solar distillation and sterilization unit for water

    The Need:

    Distilled water is one of the most important resources at a hospital. Not only is it used in numerous lab tests, but it should be used in the large steam autoclaves needed for sterilizing medical tools and other equipment. If distilled water is not used, mineral deposits form destroying the autoclaved over time from corrosion. Many smaller health facilities and in some cases large hospitals do not have access to enough distilled water and spend considerable capital on autoclave maintenance and replacement.

    The Technology:

    A low cost, solar distillation unit built from local materials
    Pressure cookers are an easily accessible technology

    Specifications and Restrictions:

    This technology is intended only as a design research project and should not be manufactured for healthcare use without following proper regulations.

    Produce enough distilled water for small hospital/large clinic

    Resources and Previous Work: