System Sterilizes Medical Tools Using Solar Heat

System Sterilizes Medical Tools Using Solar Heat
(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Autoclaves, the devices used to sterilize medical tools in hospitals, clinics, and doctors’ and dentists’ offices, require a steady supply of pressurized steam at a temperature of about 125 degrees Celsius. This is usually provided by electrical or fuel-powered boilers, but in many rural areas, especially in the developing world, power can be unreliable or unavailable, and fuel is expensive.

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