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In remote parts of the world like Democratic Republic of Congo, patients have to walk long distances in order to reach a hospital. There are health centres but they are struggling due to the lack of access to electricity. Doctors Without Borders/MSF teams cope up with the logistical challenge by relying on diesel generators. However, a cheaper, more effective and sustainable solution is solar power.
In Kigulube, South Kivu, people use motorcycles to get around villages. The hospital of Kigulube is in the centre of the jungle and surrounded by bad roads and stony paths. It is difficult for people to get proper healthcare because without a motorcycle they have to walk for hours.
To save lives, hospitals must have an operating room, intensive care unit and reliable power supply. Generators can provide electrical energy to remote villages but it is difficult to transport fuel to places that are not accessible by trucks or Land Cruisers. Although solar power has been around for decades, existing power systems and batteries are not viable due to price and lifespan.
The availability of new technology will provide Kigulube with a hospital that runs on solar power. Before the installation of a photovoltaic system in KIgulube hospital, MSF has opened a solar-powered hospital, the first of its kind in South Kivu a year ago.
Installation of a solar system at the 2 hospitals will require 100 solar panels and 7 batteries that are capable of accumulating the necessary energy for the facilities to run for 2 days. The assembly will also include storage unit with a lifespan of 5 years that can control both the charge and release the energy from the batteries. The whole system is designed to guarantee continuous and autonomous energy supply. In case of failure, there is a back-up generator.