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Inverters

Inverters are essential for an array of different applications, thus a range of capacities and features are available on the market.  This discussion focuses on important inverter types and applications, especially with regard to renewable energy and battery storage.

IHFI Completes Guyana PV Installations

USAID’s Improving Health Facility Infrastructure (IHFI) project recently completed the installation of 12 solar photovoltaic systems at nine remote health clinics in Guyana.  Installations took place over a five-week period, with IHFI staff travelling alongside the installers to monitor progress, ensure code compliance and provide training to local technicians and health workers.

It’s World Immunization Week, a week designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an opportunity to build awareness on the benefits and challenges of vaccination, celebrate progress in vaccination coverage and take a close look at the road ahead – including environmental impacts and the role of clean energy.

Load Analysis and Example Calculations

A fundamental part of energy management, and the first step in improving a health facility energy system, is an electrical load inventory.  An electrical load inventory is a listing of all electricity-consuming equipment in a facility, everything from light bulbs to expensive lab equipment to cell phone chargers.

Uninterruptible Power Supplies

Uninterruptable power supplies (UPS) are a class of devices that power equipment in the event of grid power failure, nearly instantaneously, protecting the equipment from damage.  UPS systems vary significantly in their design and functionality, affecting the amount of time they can power equipment, their ability to improve power quality and their cost.

Effective health laboratories are essential to the scale-up of public health programs targeting diseases like HIV/AIDS or TB, and contribute to the overall coverage and efficiency of national health systems.  PEPFAR has evaluated its progress in confronting AIDS worldwide, including its efforts to strengthen laboratory systems through training and infrastructure.

Remote Performance Monitoring Systems

Remote performance monitoring of health facility power installations increases the speed, effectiveness and value of maintenance activities.

Photovoltaic (PV) Systems

Photovoltaic (PV) Systems generate electricity from sunlight collected by solar panels. Energy collected in this manner can be used to supply direct power to electrical equipment, or it can be stored in batteries to provide indirect power.

One of the greatest challenges in expanding HIV, tuberculosis and other vaccination campaigns is delivering the temperature sensitive vaccines to remote and resource-limited health facilities.  Two recent, but early developments in vaccination technology hold potential for eliminating vaccine’s dependence on the cold chain as well as the syringe.

Wiring Renovation Advances at HUEH

Wiring upgrades have been completed at the emergency ward of HUEH hospital in Port-au-Prince.  IHFI’s electrical focus at the facility compliments a larger renovation effort by USAID and other donors, currently underway at the hospital.

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