Capteur Soleil: Using The Sun To Sterilize Medical Instruments

Capteur Soleil: Using The Sun To Sterilize Medical Instruments

An engineering team at Rice University have adapted a cooking device for areas in development into a tool that can sterilize medical instruments.

Kyle Studstill
  • 4 may 2011

Engineering students at Rice University have adapted a heating element from a cooking device for disaster relief zones into a tool that can sterilize medical instruments in the developing world using the sun alone. The device features a super-insulated frame that holds a central steel tube, upon which rays from the sun are focused through use of a concave mirror. The tube heats and boils water into a high-pressure steam, which is used to then sterilize medical tools for safe use.

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