Mobile Solar Stations Pop Out Of Shipping Containers
Adaptable configurations gives this portable generator 400% more output than regular solar panels.
- 26 june 2014
Solar panels installed on your roof have countless benefits, but what about communities that are looking for something a bit more portable? Ecosphere Technologies have come up with the Ecos PowerCube, which is touted as “the world’s largest, mobile, solar-powered generator.” Fuelled by high power photovoltaic panels that store energy in onboard batteries, the shipping container solution can be used for disaster relief and humanitarian efforts, as well as residential, retail, and industrial projects.
Designed to be transported by truck, train, boat, and plane, the unit’s solar panels inside a patented drawer system that protects them during transportation, shipping, and inclement weather. Electricity generated can be used to power onboard systems that provide Internet connectivity, satellite communications, and clean water. Power can also be diverted to external locations such as hospitals and schools. To make sure the PowerCube can benefit as many people as possible, it is also available in 10’, 20’ and 40’ ISO shipping container footprints.
Once fully unfolded, the generator has three times the footprint of a regular shipping container, which translates to a power output that is 400 percent higher, up to 15 kilowatts, than if you just put solar panels on top of a regular container.
“If you just used a normal given footprint of a shipping container, you won’t have enough solar power to provide major systems,” Corey McGuire, the company’s director of marketing, told FastCoExist. “There’s just not enough square footage of solar. What we’re able to do is provide life-sustaining systems, whether it’s telecommunications, electricity, Internet, or water treatment systems.”
In addition to the fact the solar system can be controlled and monitored from any given location, it also has plenty of extra space internal space that can be put to use. “A school could be placed underneath it, a hospital, sleeping quarters, whatever you can come up with,” explains McGuire.
Instead of trying to develop entirely new infrastructures in developing nations, or pay for costly installations during short-term projects, the PowerCube could provide a much more effective alternative.