New Medicine: The Medical Field Goes Green

With the recent advances in technology and the increasing demand for environmentally friendly technology, it’s probably occurred to you to wonder why it’s taking society as a whole so long to “go green”. While it may seem that things are the same as they were a few years ago, the reality is that each day, more and more businesses are switching over to solar technology. Wind farms and hydroelectric plants have grown significantly as suppliers of electricity for businesses, eroding the market share of gas-operated and coal-fueled generators.

While many businesses have been quick to adapt to this, however, the medical field seems to be dragging its feet. Why? Well, it could perhaps be waiting to ensure the reliability of these new forms of energy before adopting them as their own power methods. It would seem that that time has now come. For example, a team of scientists in Victoria, Australia have successfully become the first in the world to power a dialysis machine solely on solar power.

In other areas of the medical field, plastic surgeons have harnessed the power of the sun to perform incredibly delicate cosmetic operations. Some have even managed to perform the surgeries entirely on solar power. Efforts are also being made to design medical facilities powered entirely by solar energy. Scientists have even developed a digital eye implant which draws power from photovoltaic cells built into the implant! While the technology of the implant itself has existed for quite some time, scientists claim that the biggest problem, until recently, that they faced was the need for an external power supply in order to power the implant. Now, thanks to solar technology, the power supply can be built in.

Other areas are using solar technology to provide light. For example, the Australian solar company, Solar-Gem Pty Ltd, has recently begun spreading the power of the sun around small villages along the coast of India. Until now, many had been relying on kerosene lamps and candles for lighting after the sun goes down. Even doctors performing medical operations in the dark had no electrical light sources. Also, Mode Electrical, located in St. Leonards, Tasmania, has undertaken a project to provide solar power systems to hospitals in the Sudan to decrease the infant and maternal mortality rates.

Aside from these small areas, large medical companies and corporations are also switching over to solar power. Johnson & Johnson Medical, for instance, have recently revealed one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in the United States (4.1MW). Johnson & Johnson Medical is also responsible for Australia’s largest rooftop solar array.