CHEYENNE, WY, Dec.13, 2016—Odulair, LLC, the world’s leading manufacturer of mobile health clinics and mobile medical vehicles today announced the launch of the world’s first 100% solar powered generator free mobile health clinic for Clemson University. Samsung made headlines in 2013 by launching Africa’s first partially solar powered mobile health center, however, the solar panels only powered the lights, television and small appliances with the majority of the equipment still requiring an onboard generator or electrical power plug. The Odulair 100% solar powered mobile health center does not require, nor include a generator as everything in the clinic is powered by the Odulair proprietary SolandaTM Mobile Solar Power System.
The Odulair SolandaTM Solar System consists of high efficiency photovoltaic panels (PV) on the roof of the mobile clinic. The PV panels are connected to a custom designed 48-volt lithium ion battery pack for energy storage with constant telemetry of all batteries and connections. The mobile clinic technical design is far from existing mobile clinics that are often inefficient in terms of power consumption. The Odulair 100% Solar Powered Mobile Health Clinic even utilizes a direct current (DC) heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system similar to those used on bullet trains to increase efficiency by up to 30% over standard alternating current (AC) HVAC systems.
The Clemson University Joseph F. Sullivan Center is now utilizing this groundbreaking mobile clinic to increase outreach efforts to underserved populations across South Carolina while also providing educational opportunities for Clemson students. In addition to immediate care, the clinic also provides breast and cervical cancer screenings and connects them to a regular health care provider.
Dr. Paula Watt, director of the Sullivan Center, explained, “The benefit of a mobile clinic is twofold: it allows the center to effectively reach underserved communities and demonstrate to Clemson students the unique challenges in the care of vulnerable patients. We did immeasurable homework on what we wanted, because this will be a rolling billboard for Clemson University and the outreach it provides,” Watt said. “This vehicle is truly a dream come true for me and our staff.”
“I think we’ve all dreamed of using solar power in this way for a long time, but the technology is finally at a stage where it can be useful,” said Dr. Anita Chambers, President and CEO of Odulair. “Mobile clinics are required to sit in farm fields or other remote locations for eight or more hours a day, so the use of solar power is a huge improvement. Eliminating the generator as the power source eliminates the noise, vibration, and noxious unhealthy fumes; it also significantly reduces the mobile clinic maintenance and annual operations costs.”
The revolutionary mobile clinic by Odulair was made possible by support from the State of South Carolina led by Senator Thomas Alexander (R). Alexander regularly champions outreach and access to care for underserved populations, and he said he hopes the Sullivan Center will become the model for other organizations who wish to pursue the evolution of health care through the empowerment of an individual in their own health.
“It’s critical that the state make it possible for organizations like the Sullivan Center to bring health care to folks who need it most,” Alexander said. “The state should support any mission that leads to better health outcomes, and the preventative and educational components provided by mobile clinics have proven time and again to do just that.”
Watt said she is ready to take that mission and literally roll with it, preferably up a steep hill or down a muddy path upon which no other mobile unit can reliably tread. “Our educational mission is to see students truly embody the Clemson determined spirit due to these experiences,” Watt said. “They will rise to the challenges faced by the individuals this clinic serves and lead the way to improved health care across our state and beyond.”
The Odulair 100% Solar Powered Mobile Clinic is one of many “world’s first products” from the United States based manufacturer of mobile clinics. Most recently, these include the world’s first Mobile Dialysis Unit and the world’s first patent-pending Ebola Patient BioContainment Unit. Odulair continues to break barriers leading to more efficient, effective, and robust mobile clinics for the delivery of healthcare to underserved communities.