Solar panels play key part in Ugandan medical facility

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Solar panels are being used to power a Ugandan medical facility.

The Mount Sinai Kyabira Surgical Facility was designed Kliment Halsband Architects with self-sustainability at the heart of the plans.

According to bimstore, materials used in the construction process were sourced locally – further minimising the project’s carbon footprint.

Ugandans have had free healthcare in their country since 2001, however those in rural areas have still found it difficult to access.

“Surgical treatments are essential to building healthy communities worldwide,” said Kliment Halsband Architects.

“This model is built around developing an independent, self-sustaining facility capable of providing surgical treatments in resource-poor areas.”

Local builders made use of clay which was dug up in the area surrounding the building by turning it into bricks and cladding.

A hybrid battery storage system and online generator generates the power, but if it fails then the facility can run off energy solely stored from the solar panels for another two days.

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