Without electricity, any medical facility would struggle to survive. However, in disaster-stricken and low-income communities, medical facilities are forced to function in harsh conditions, many without consistent electricity.

Limited access to electricity often causes health care provider to give inconsistent or sub-par care, endangering lives by no fault of their own.

However, a team of IEEE students at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County strove to change that. The “Wind-Powered Electrical Supply for Humanitarian Field Operations” project involved IEEE Student Branch members at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County alongside high school students from Howard High School. They partnered with Global Outcomes, Inc. (GO), a non-profit organization that provides resources to promote correct, consistent, and compliant healthcare in rural and low-income areas across the globe.

The project focused on the design and implementation of solar and wind-powered supplies to provide electricity for humanitarian operations at rural and disastrous areas. The device can create enough power for computing/communication, illumination, and small instrument operations. Due to the small size, lightweight, energy-free, and low cost of the technology, the project creates a significant impact on humanitarian operations and the low-income communities.

The IEEE branch members, high school team, and GO worked together not only to accomplish their goals, but also make a lasting impact on underprivileged communities for years to come.