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The products that the space agency develops have filtered into everyday life for decades, and the NASA publication "Spinoff" has chronicled their progress. The latest issue is now available for free online, and what's inside may surprise you.

NASA advanced photovoltaic (PV) technology is now being widely used to solar-power refrigerators being used by the United Nations Children's Fund to save lives all over the world today.

After licensing the NASA technology, David Bergeron of SunDanzer Refrigeration Inc, former head of the Advanced Refrigerator Technology Team at Johnson Space Center, sought to apply this PV technology and develop battery-free solar-powered refrigeration units to store life-saving vaccines in off grid rural communities.

It is estimated that nearly two billion people in the world are without access to electricity and battery free solar refrigeration technology has greatly increased availability of essential vaccines and medicines that can be stored in remote regions around the world.

NASA technology has also made its way into a number of other areas such as;

Baseball - The panoramic cameras on the agency's Mars rovers have been translated into devices that capture gorgeous panoramic photographs at Major League Baseball stadiums. High-resolution cameras take 360-degree photos of a stadium during the game, and afterward fans can go online, find themselves in the shot and tag themselves on social media.

Water Bottles - You may be holding material first developed in conjunction with Johnson Space Center, which is in Houston. A new, two-level filtration system originally developed to recycle water on the International Space Station has made its way into commercial application, helping world travellers avoid ingesting nasty bugs such as E. coli and Cryptosporidium.

To find out more about Sundanzer Refrigeration Inc. solar-powered refrigerators click here 

To learn more about NASA's space tech spinoffs, visit: www.spinoff.nasa.gov

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WALES: After receiving $100,000 in 2013 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Welsh company Sure Chill have been given further backing by Billionaire Microsoft boss Bill Gates giving the company an additional grant of $1.4m to develop their life-saving vaccine cooler.

The grant will enable the company to conduct field trials over the next 15 months, which will test the ability for the refrigerator to operate for over 35 days without power.

“The funds will allow us to integrate the revolutionary Sure Chill technology into a vaccine cooler, which will mean more lives can be saved in remote locations,” explains Keith Bartlett, The Sure Chill Company’s Chief Executive Officer.

“Conventional refrigeration technologies can put vaccines at risk of either freezing or getting too warm. This reduces potency and means that immunisation programmes are not as effective as they could be.

“The Sure Chill Company’s technology ensures that vaccines reach children in optimum condition.

“This robust, pragmatic and user-friendly cooling solution has the potential to save the lives of countless children across the world.

“The new vaccine coolers will be smaller than our existing vaccine refrigerators, making them ideal for small facilities in remote places.”

Ian Tansley, Chief Technical Officer and inventor, added: “The devices will allow vaccines to be stored safely in challenging environments with no power and ambient temperatures as high as 43°C.”

The project will see close collaboration with key partners, particularly in the field trials, which will be conducted in East and West Africa later in the year.

The latest funding shows great confidence from the foundation and other key partners in the new technology.

The Sure Chill Company’s revolutionary refrigeration technology enables perfect cooling for vaccines with no risk of freezing. The technology harnesses a unique property of water to create a constantly chilled environment within the unit. They already have vaccine refrigerators operating in the field in over 30 countries and, in Q1 2014, shipped 200 devices to the Philippines to help UNICEF in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

About Sure Chill: The Sure Chill Company is behind a unique cooling technology with the power to impact people and businesses around the world. At its heart is its ability to operate without power for 10 days or more.

Sure Chill's refrigerator technology being used by organisations such as Unicef to keep vital drugs and vaccines secure and cool.  The company now has global ambitions and its technology now has patent coverage in 89 countries around the world.

To find out more about Sure Chill's technology click here 

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WALES: Award winning Sure Chill technology is helping in the fight to improve global health by safeguarding vaccine security.  The Sure Chill Company is behind a unique cooling technology with the power to impact people and businesses around the world. At its heart is its ability to operate without power for 10 days or more.

The innovative Sure Chill refrigeration technology enables the safe storage of vaccines even when external temperatures soar above 40°C and electricity is erratic. Sure Chill stores cold in an internal thermal energy store which can be accessed to maintain constant cooling when power supplies are poor, intermittent or non-existent. The unique refrigeration technology cools everything from blood and vaccines to vegetables and cola.

The company, based in Wales, were awarded $100,000 in 2013 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The award will speed the development of a passive vaccine cooler that will allow vaccination programmes to reach children living in some of the remotest places on the planet.  It will allow Sure Chill to develop a range of smaller vaccine fridges with a cool life of up to 30 days even in the tropical temperatures.  The passive vaccine cooler under development will take things a step further harnessing the thermal energy in pre-frozen icepacks to keep things cool for several weeks, whilst limiting the transfer of thermal energy from the ice, and eliminating the risk of freezing vaccines.

The unique patented refrigeration systems were created by British inventor Ian Tansley who, with the help of investor Peter Saunders, created a system which remains cold for up to 12 days without power.  Sure Chill has spent almost a decade developing the refrigeration technology their vaccine fridges are now used in 40 countries worldwide.

Sure Chill's refrigerator technology being used by organisations such as Unicef to keep vital drugs and vaccines secure and cool.  The company now has global ambitions and its technology now has patent coverage in 89 countries around the world.

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