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A powerful tool for safety and equity in COVID vaccination distribution -ESRAG Renewable Energy task force
ESRAG Renewable Energy task force hosts
How to solar power refrigeration for vaccine storage
Solar Direct Drive Refrigeration:
A powerful tool for safety and equity in COVID vaccination distribution

Steve McCarney has a 40+ year career in solar energy applications and has been deeply involved in supporting vaccine cold chain activities starting in 1985. Since 2004 he has contributed to WHO PQS efforts and was employed with Project Optimize, then as s Director of Cold Chain Solutions for the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF). In 2019 he founded Sunny Day LLC to provide ongoing technical support to foster cold chain improvements and solar energy projects in public health.

Through End Polio Now, Rotarians have worked passionately to ensure that children in the
most remote corners of the world get vaccinated. Now, in the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic,
Steve McCarney and Johnny Weiss, consultants of Sunny Day LLC, will describe the utility of
solar direct drive (SDD) refrigeration to store vaccines at safe temperatures in communities
without reliable electric power and now even generate some additional electricity for other
basic needs. They have kindly agreed to offer this free briefing to Rotarians worldwide in
webinar organized by ESRAG’s Renewable Energy Task Force.
More info about the Task Force esrag.org/esrags-renewal-energy-task-force or email
Rotarian Aur Beck at tech@aessolar.com
As a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO), McCarney developed specs for
battery-free solar-powered refrigeration kits, with built-in cold storage for backup to ensure
they can maintain proper temperature through the night and for several days if the sun is not
shining. hundred models of fridges and freezers meet the specs and have been pre-certified
for purchase by UNICEF. These systems maintain temperatures of +2 to +8 degrees Celsius,
consistent with safe storage of the Oxford AstraZenica vaccine.

Feb 12, 2021 10:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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