Elliot Chang

WE CARE Solar Suitcase Saves Mothers' and Babies' Lives by Providing a Vital Light Source During Childbirth

by , 05/17/13

solar suitcase, wecare solar, dr. laura stachel, hal aronson, birth, developing nations, light, sustainable design, green design, solar power, renewable energy, health technology, design for health, clean tech, photovoltaic light, solar-powered light

In the developing world, mortality rates for expectant mothers total over 300,000 deaths each year. The WE CARE Solar Suitcase is a brilliant new device that aims to reduce this figure by providing hospitals in off-grid areas with access to a steady source of energy and light. Designed by Dr. Laura Stachel and her husband Hal Aronson, the system includes high-efficiency LED lights, a universal cellphone charger, 12V DC outlets, a set of 40 or 80 watt solar panels, and a 12 amp-hour sealed lead-acid battery.

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