In response to the need for reliable light and mobile communication in maternity hospitals and clinics in developing countries, WE CARE Solar has designed portable solar electric kits that fit in a suitcase-sized package.
Brent Moellenberg and Lauren Stachel describe the conditions in medical facilities abroad and how these "solar suitcases" are being field tested in Nigeria and Haiti.
Brent Moellenberg is WE CARE Solar's Director for Haiti Operations, and has been working with renewable energy in the developing world for over 5 years.
A mechanical engineer, incessant tinkerer and proud Maker, Moellenberg has varied experience in everything from wheat farming to data storage development, and is a long-time volunteer with the San Francisco Engineers Without Borders Haiti project.
Laura Stachel is the co-founder and director of WE CARE Solar, and is a retired obstetrician-gynecologist who has been researching maternity care in Nigeria over the last two years.
She is the Associate Director of Emergency Obstetric Research for the Bixby Center of Population Health and Sustainability at UC Berkeley and has been delivering solar suitcases to clinics for the last year.