Ensuring access to safe supply of temperature sensitive vaccine even in regions with unstable or non existing electrical provision.
Provide a Solar Thermal solution that uses no mains electrical supply that can maintain vaccine within their critical temperature parameters
Robert and Michael in the Lab at Imperial College London talk of what they are passionate about and why. Addressing the 'Energy Trilemma', an index applied to all countries, 'Energy security', 'Energy equity (accessibility and affordability)' and 'Environmental sustainability'. Comparatively, ranking and Tri-Ratings of UK No5 AAA, Kenya No94 BDC, Ethiopia No110 DDC and Tanzania No121 DDD. Sustainable supply of vaccine for the children is affected by all three factors, and so their caregivers.
Ensuring sustainable vaccine supply for all. Vaccine and medicine are temperature sensitive, too warm or too cold can compromise their integrity rendering them unusable. Not only is it an expensive waste, it can have a tragic outcome for caregivers and the children in their care if there is delay in replenishing the vaccine or worse, not having any available.
A single unit. The unit is robust and will be long lasting.
The design is modular, so depending on the need, units can be connected together to provide the required output for each application.
This is important in itself, as without a cool living environment life can be unbearable or uncomfortable at best. This is relevant to the Caregiver and the Children as it is fundamental in allowing a healthier space to live in. Instead of having to live with doors/windows open for example, insects and pests can be kept out and go towards preventing the conditions for disease to manifest and the potential for spreading across the community.
Cooling is so important for this challenge, vital even, as Vaccine is so temperature sensitive. What if though, the same technology can be used for cooling the living space as mentioned but also for the cooling of the precious crops grown, especially in regions of extreme poverty where every morsel counts? The health benefits of good nutrition are well known and enjoyed by the developed world. What about the rest? Those that are so industrious in producing food, milk and the like but loose half?
Describe what you intend to do and how you'll do it in one sentence (required 250 Characters)
Solar Polar will provide the technology needed to ensure the caregiver and the children in their charge will have access to temperature sensitive vaccine irrespective of where they live even where there is no electricity available for refrigeration.
Explain the idea (less than 2,000 characters)
Vast populations live in regions of the world where electricity provision is unreliable or even non-existent. So then, as much as 75% of vaccines and medicines can be rendered unusable because of inconsistent critical temperature control, ideally +3 to +10 degrees. For example by Freeze Damage say in Ice Boxes. Working back from the end beneficiary, the child, to the caregiver responsible for the child's welfare, to the organisations supporting and engaging with the caregivers, to the supply chain all the way to vaccine production and those who will pay for it.
Solar Polar Ltd's technology was originally conceived as a solution to ensure vaccine stability. It has also evolved into a system that can provide cool air, warm air, potentially non-potable water in humid regions which with the addition of minerals can be made drinkable. With the extra advantages of doing so without electricity, has no moving parts (minimum maintenance), silent and emits no CO2 or other Greenhouse gasses. Produces the cheapest watt of cooling available today.
The benefit are multiple, vaccine integrity, also crop/produce chilling at point of production or domestic storage (If methane of rotten food was counted a county it would be 3rd largest), air conditioning for all. Impacting other big issues such as social inclusion of women, to be free to pursue an education and subsequently seek paid for work rather than being tied to managing difficult every day food sourcing (some walk for miles to buy food on a daily basis) and then meal production for the family/community.
Using the free power of the Sun the equipment utilises a revolutionary Solar Thermal patented technology (not Photovoltaic panels that produce power to then run equipment), primarily to provide cooling.
Not only can we maintain vaccines then, but chill the room and chill the food purchased to stop spoilage. Imagine the holistic health benefits for the Carer and Children alike. A healthier environment and nutrition as well.
Which part(s) of the world does this idea target?
Geographic Focus (less than 250 Characters)
Any region, country and their communities that are negatively impacted by high ambient temperatures, that may have unstable or even non existent electricity supply to run equipment.
Those that do have electricity but it is expensive or intermittent.
Who are your end users and how well do you know them? (750 characters)
All those who are marginalised regarding good health provision services and often are also amongst those affected by extreme poverty.
Communities who live with minimal infrastructure and facilities.
The individual children who need the vaccine and medicine in order to live a healthy life. The caregivers who tend to the children's wellbeing. The health providers focused on both.
We have already established links with the WHO and The Tear Fund.
How is the idea unique? (750 Characters)
This is a Solar Thermal solution not Photovoltaic, it has no moving parts (low maintenance) and silent in operation, does not need electricity, creates no CO2. The elements within it do not need replenishing and will still exist 50 years from now. According to the World Health Organisation photovoltaic vaccine storage systems have only on average a 17month lifespan, which is not enough for sustainable longterm use.
Creates cooling, and is free to run as solar powered.
Also potentially heating, hot water, grey water in humid climates and if then treated drinkable.
A solar thermal charger for phones/tech.
Developed in part at Imperial College London, the UKs premier science university and LSBU with registered office in Peterborough UK.
Idea Proposal Stage (Select 1)
Prototype: We have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.
How many months are required for the project idea? (140 characters)
In order to facilitate an initial trial system in region would take approximately 9 months. 6 build and test in UK 3 ship and commission.
Organization Name (less than 140 characters)
Solar Polar Ltd.
A UK Limited company
Type of Submitter
We are a Private Sector Corporation
An Engineering and Scientific organisation focused on benefiting our planet and all who live on it.
Organization Location (less than 140 Characters)
HQ Peterborough UK. Developed at ICL and London South Bank universities.
UK manufactured at, Renewable Energy Works, Trefo, Wales.
What is the current scale of your organization’s work?
Global (within 2 or more global regions)
Tell us more about your organization/company (1-2 sentences)
Dr Robert Edwards and Michael Reid, the two co-founders and our team are passionate about 'Product design that protects the planet', providing refrigeration and cooling where none exists presently, removing the need for mains electricity, tackling Global Warming by reducing carbon emissions, drastically reducing the need for fossil fuel energy.
Our whole reason for being is to solve massive problems related to Climate Change, Global Warming, Human Equity, life for all, we can help with this!
Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (750 characters)
Mahendra Patel - Hyperion Research Pvt. Ltd. Our Indian Partner. Providing now a year long test site and local market expertise in India. Manufacturing planned going forward.
Professor Christos Markidies - Imperial College London. Working on thermal efficiency aspects and refrigerant combinations.
John Spencer - Principal Investigator from University of Sheffield AMRC providing materials design and manufacturing expertise.
Professor Chris Sansom - Professor in Concentrating Solar Power and from Cranfield University.
How many people are on your team?
Tell us more about you and your team
We also have a Chairman Stef Kranendijk, Stef is an affiliate partner at SYSTEMIQ and was recently Chairman of the Dutch Sustainability Business Association.
Plus our Finance Director Edward Leek. Edward is a chartered accountant and previously a partner with KPMG. He has international experience having worked in Brazil.
Dr Robert Edwards. Chief Executive and Co-Founder.
Dr Robert Phd of ICL London also holds a first class honours degree in Engineering Product Design and a Master’s degree in IT for Product Realisation. Robert worked for Solar Century Ltd where he played a key role in developing their award winning solar thermal/photovoltaic roof tile system. Has worked at the UK’s Department of Energy & Climate Change as part of the government’s chief scientific advisor’s science and innovation team.
Michael Reid IMechE. Engineering Director and Co-Founder.
Michael is an extremely experienced engineer (Esp. refrigeration), a fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (where he is vice-chair of the Energy, Environment and Sustainability Group). He has a strong track-record in bringing new products from concept to market including the Microgen CHP gas boiler, Hotpoint’s first frost-free fridge freezer range, fluid handling equipment and environmental monitoring equipment.
Professor Graeme Maidment. Technical Advisor.
Graeme leads London South Bank University’s research in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) and is renowned as a world leading expert in RAC. His major areas of research and interest have included the cooling of the London Underground, ground source energy systems, refrigerant leakage and emissions, and energy use from RAC systems. Graeme is currently President of the Institute of Refrigeration.