Just when this SolarAccess.com editor thought he had seen nearly every application of solar technology, from wearable solar photovoltaic fabrics, to kilometer-high solar towers – along comes news regarding expansion of a line of solar-powered vaccine refrigeration products.Scottsdale, Arizona – February 9, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Kyocera Solar, which already has a well developed line of solar-powered vaccine refrigeration coolers, has now expanded their VaccPak line to include the larger capacity (50 liters or more) category. The new VaccPak XL6000 is the second model in the Kyocera VaccPak series to be approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). The XL6000 is scheduled to be shipped to Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania in early 2004. The XL6000 joins Kyocera’s other solar-powered solutions for meeting human needs, including solar-powered water pumps, lighting kits, telecommunications power equipment and educational support systems. “Once again, Kyocera Solar is leading the innovation that makes solar power a reality for those who need it most,” said Steve McCarney, International Projects Manager of Kyocera Solar. “Kyocera is committed to developing more affordable solutions for advancing the state of health care all over the world.” According to the company, VaccPak is an extremely efficient product that operates on less power than other vaccine refrigerators, reducing the requirement for solar modules and batteries. The cost efficiency of the system enables health organizations to expand the Vaccine Cold Chain to more remote clinics that are not presently served. (The Vaccine Cold Chain is a coordinated international effort to preserve vaccine potency from manufacturer to end-user.) The solar-powered systems will replace traditional kerosene refrigeration systems that tend to be unreliable, pollute the environment, and require significantly more maintenance. Independent test results from the Intertek Research and Testing Centre, a WHO-approved testing facility, show the Kyocera Solar VaccPak XL6000 and XL2100 as having the lowest energy consumption of any solar vaccine refrigerator systems published in WHO guidelines. Kyocera is also among the few WHO/UNICEF Qualified System Suppliers and has supplied over 1000 solar powered vaccine refrigeration systems worldwide.