Passive Solar Mosquito Trap

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About this medical device
Passive solar mos.jpg
Status Prototype
Made? No
Replicated? No
Designed in United States
Replicated in Africa, Asia, South America
Health topic Malaria
Health classification Preventative
License data
Hardware CC BY-SA 4.0
Documentation data

Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]

Mosquitoes spread malaria. Personal protection typically involves attempting to keep mosquitoes away from your person or drawing them to a trap where they are killed.

Detailed description of the solution[edit | edit source]

During the day, paraffin wax absorbs solar energy as it melts. At night, the container is brought inside where the heat is released at roughly the same temperature of the human body temperature as the wax solidifies. This heat combined with an attractant derived from human sweat collected from a sweat band worn through the day mimics a sleeping body. Mosquitoes are attracted to the device and are trapped in the "trap".

Designed by[edit | edit source]

  • Design: This device was invented by Tom Kruer and is partnered with AltaSim Technologies for clinical trials.
  • Manufacturer location: Columbus, Ohio, United States

When and where it was tested/implemented[edit | edit source]

Initial testing was scheduled for late 2009 and early to mid 2010.

References[edit | edit source]

Internally generated reports[edit | edit source]

"AltaSim Technologies Joins the Global Fight Against Malaria - COMSOL." Multiphysics Modeling and Simulation Software - COMSOL. Web. 19 Apr. 2011. Link available here.

Externally generated reports[edit | edit source]

Schwartz, Ariel. "Engineer Uses Solar Energy, Wax, and Human Sweat to Fight Malaria – CleanTechnica: Cleantech Innovation News and Views." CleanTechnica: Cleantech Innovation News and Views. 31 Jan. 2009. Web. 19 Apr. 2011. Link available here.