Solar Autoclaving / Sterlization

Solar Autoclaving / Sterlization

All hospitals and other organisations requiring their tools to be sterilized need autoclaves. Autoclaves kill different pathogens by subjecting the equipment and tools to steam 121 deg C for 15 minutes or at 134 deg C for 3 minutes.

Diagram of a typical autoclave using steam is shown below:

Steam AutoclaveDiagram for Steam Autoclave

The steam of the autoclave shown above can be provided from a solar concentrator or from thermal storage. Hospitals, labs and other organisations can greatly benefit from using solar heat.

Rural Primary Health Clinics where electricity is not available to generate steam could benefit from solar autoclaves.