WE CARE Solar: solar electric systems for rural Nigerian hospitals

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

More than 500,000 mothers and babies die in childbirth in developing countries each year. We Care Solar provides PV electricity for lighting, refrigeration and communication to reduce maternal mortality. The organisation has recently begun deploying a portable PV system (Solar Suitcase) that powers LED lights, walkie-talkies and mobile phones. With a high demand for this solution, there is a need to improve its performance, cost and robustness. This project would involve working with We Care Solar to improve the solar suitcase design, including testing and selecting appropriate lighting, battery, circuit breaker and connector technology with a view to modularity.

Lunch Seminar: WE CARE Solar: solar electric systems for rural Nigerian hospitals. Laura Stachel M.D. M.P.H. is the co-founder and medical director of WE CARE Solar, is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist who is currently pursuing her doctorate in public health at UCB. Her dissertation is focused on reducing maternal mortality in developing countries.

Hal Aronson, Ph.D., co-founder and techical director of WE CARE Solar, has been teaching renewable energy and hands-on solar electricity courses in California for over ten years. He is now developing renewable energy programs for cities around the U.S., including the city of Detroit.

Wednesday, Noon-1:00 p.m., November 25.
323 Barrows Hall (ERG Reading Room)
University of California, Berkeley

This is part of the weekly RAEL lunch seminar series

Laura Stachel, MD and Hal Aronson, PhD will present WE CARE Solar, an NPO started by Berkeley students that promotes safe motherhood in developing regions by providing health workers with reliable lighting, blood bank refrigeration and mobile communication using solar electricity. They will discuss their experience in designing a solar electric system for one Nigerian hospital and ongoing efforts to supply smaller clinics and hospitals with lighting and communication using suitcase-sized portable solar electric systems.

Opportunities for collaboration with Berkeley Students will be discussed on Wednesday!