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Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Rice parlays sun's saving grace into autoclave Capteur Soleil may sterilize medical instruments in developing world

Rice University
April 28, 2011

Rice University senior engineering students are using the sun to power an autoclave that sterilizes medical instruments and help solve a long-standing health issue for developing countries.

The Capteur Soleil, a device designed decades ago by French inventor Jean Boubour, was modified at Rice two years ago for use as a solar-powered cookstove for places where electricity or fuel of any kind is hard to get.

This year, Team Sterilize modified it further. When a set of curved mirrors and an insulated box containing the autoclave are installed, the steel A-frame sitting outside Rice's Oshman Engineering Design Kitchenbecomes something else entirely a lifesaver.
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