Saving lives with solar at Nepal blood bank

Aid charities are building a blood bank in Nepal’s capital city which can withstand earthquake-induced power cuts – with solar panels. Blood supplies need to be kept chilled in fridges but in […]

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By ELN reporter

Aid charities are building a blood bank in Nepal’s capital city which can withstand earthquake-induced power cuts – with solar panels.

Blood supplies need to be kept chilled in fridges but in quake-prone Kathmandu, power supplies are a daily occurrence.

Backed by the charity British Red Cross, the Nepalese Red Cross Society is building a new blood bank using hard-wearing steel shipping containers with solar panels on the south-east facing rooftop.

Ashok Nawani, British Red Cross logistics manager said: “An emergency blood bank is essential. We’ve established there will be a huge need for blood after an earthquake… In emergencies, the power is often the first thing to go out.”

According to the British Red Cross, batteries will be stored securely so they can withstand an earthquake without damage although it can also run off the city’s main electricity grid and backup diesel generators.

The centre is set to open in December.