World’s First 100% Solar Powered Mobile Clinic

The world’s first 100% #solarpowered mobile clinic is unveiled Thursday at Clemson University Joseph F. Sullivan Center on campus. The new solar powered mobile clinic by Odulair will provide educational opportunities for Clemson students and increase mobile medical #outreach services to underserved populations in the Upstate and beyond. The new, one-of-a-kind mobile medical vehicle by Odulair includes other features that increase its efficiency and versatility in its role as the mobile arm of the health care center.

Dr. Paula Watt, Sullivan Center director, has seen the center go through two previous mobile clinics since her arrival in 1996. She said the benefit of a mobile clinic is twofold: it allows the center to effectively reach underserved communities and demonstrates to Clemson students the challenges in the care of vulnerable patients. A best-in-class mobile unit such as this new one by Odulair will further enhance the center’s ability to achieve these goals.

“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.”

The clinic is the most ambitious project to date for the mobile medical clinic manufacturer, Odulair, which has built dozens of mobile clinics for other organizations, such as the Mandela Kids Foundation in Africa. Watt worked closely with Anita Chambers, president and CEO of Odulair, to create a unique, durable design for the clinic.

One of Watt’s primary concerns was the clinic’s off-road capabilities, so Odulair started the project with a four-wheel drive base so the clinic could tackle almost any terrain. The clinic features flexClinic™ technology, so that its walls can move and convert into space for one to five rooms. The clinic can be used as one large patient education room for 20 people or a combination of rooms for lab, reception and exam room services.

When parked, the new Odulair mobile clinic draws 100 percent of its power from a special solar battery system, which eliminates the noise and fumes from a traditional generator and decreases operation and maintenance costs. Chambers said the clinic’s solar power feature distinguishes it from other mobile clinics and is the world’s first mobile clinic to incorporate 100 percent solar operations.

“I think we’ve all dreamed of using #solarpower in this way for a long time, but the technology is finally at a stage where it can be useful,” Chambers said. #Mobileclinics are required to sit in farm fields or other remote locations for eight or more hours a day, so the use of #solarpower is a huge improvement.

Popular Posts