First solar-powered ambulance to roll through Colo.

By Jennifer Stanton
Copyright 2008

DENVER — The world's first solar-powered ambulance will soon roll on the streets of Denver. Denver Health Medical Center will soon have the solar-powered "green" ambulance. It's being assembled right now in the engineering department at the University of Denver.

Ambulances are notorious energy hogs. Because they are filled with medical and communication equipment that has to be constantly kept at full charge, ambulances are parked throughout the city spewing fumes and consuming diesel 24 hours a day.

Denver Health has a total of 34 ambulances.

Dr. Kim Newman, an engineering professor at DU, was assigned the task of assembling a team from Lockheed Martin and the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden to see if an ambulance donated by Denver Health could be retro-fitted with rooftop solar panels and batteries.

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