Black Stump Launches World‘s First Solar Powered Mortuary at Lae Hospital in PNG


In Papua New Guinea, the consistent supply of electricity from the grid is an almost daily challenge for residents and businesses alike. For the ANGAU Memorial Hospital at Lae the lack of consistent power plays havoc with the day to day running of the hospital.

Without such consistency patient care becomes difficult and the lack of a properly supported cold storage system means that operational areas such as the Hospital mortuary and vaccine storage are placed at risk.

Working with the Lae Hospital redevelopment team comprising of Hospital personnel and Johnstaff Project Management, Black Stump has produced an innovative solution to the problem faced by the hospital. A solar powered deployable mortuary with customised tray system has now been placed at the hospital, giving great comfort and dignity not only to hospital staff but to relatives of the deceased.

Black Stump continues to work with the hospital to provide further solutions to the challenges presented by unreliable mains power.

Mortuary Racking

Image from inside of the solar powered deployable mortuary

Rear of Unit

The solar powered deployable mortuary on site in Lae.