Amazing Pop-Up Solar Power Station Delivers Energy Anywhere it’s Needed

by , 06/24/14

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Ecosphere Technologies’ latest product combines several of our very favorite things in one easy-to-transport package: shipping containers, off-the-grid solar power, and clean drinking water generation. With their new Ecos PowerCube, the company can deliver a shipping-container-sized, self-sustaining solar power station by air, sea, rail or road to anywhere in the world it is needed.

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According to the Ecosphere Technologies‘ website, the “Ecos PowerCube® is the world’s largest, mobile, solar-powered generator. It runs on high power photovoltaic panels that extend from its container combined with an easy to set up wind turbine. Energy is stored in onboard batteries.” The unit is designed to fit inside shipping containers for easy transportation, and it’s available in 10-foot, 20-foot and 40-foot ISO shipping container footprints. Once unloaded, its array of solar panels roll out from their protective drawers, increasing the size of the array to three times the footprint of the shipping containers and the power output to about 400 percent more than the footprint could generate alone. Power production can start immediately at up to 15kW.

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There are also many other onboard features built into the unit – including communication systems and water treatment and distribution systems. These systems can provide internet connectivity to a range of 30 miles, satellite communications, and clean water, and the unit can power external systems such as hospitals or schools. The patented design is anticipated to have many applications, including humanitarian aid and disaster relief, military applications and power generation in remote locations.

Once the unit is opened up and operational, it provides a large covered area underneath that can be used for temporary classrooms or sleeping quarters. If the weather starts to turn nasty, the whole unit can be packed back up in a flash, and it can be monitored and operated remotely. According to Corey McGuire, director of marketing for the company, the design was developed after a suggestion from board member Jean-Michel Cousteau: “He asked us to figure out ways to bring energy, water, and communications to remote places – like a school in a village in the developing world – without the use of fossil fuels.” To for a 360 degree view of the unit, see the video here.

+ Ecosphere Techologies

Via Fast Company

Images by Ecosphere Technologies

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  1. Debby Green August 3, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    With the amount of sun we have in Australia this should be advertised more here smaller units in everyone back yard would be amazing instead of the ugly ones on top of our houses. how expensive r they

  2. Derek Miller May 2, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    @Robert Creamer – actually, the other pictures clearly show much larger units with up to 64 panels on them. 64 x 250 = 16,000… which is right in the ballpark of their claims. Especially considering that it is a stationary unit… which, in places with lots of sun, should not be a problem. I doubt any additional tilt would be needed either, if they are high efficiency panels. Brilliant concept that I have seen before, but not nearly at the same level.

  3. Robert Creamer November 12, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I estimate 22 panels. At 250W per panel peak production would be 5.5kW, not the 3 times that stated in the article.

  4. Tim Hutchens November 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    This is great but you will lose about 30% production by having them flat why not have them tilttowards the south say 37 degrees

  5. Jeremy Cook September 10, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    May I please receive more information for the pop up solar power stations? It would be greatly appreciated to learn the unit cost per footprint as well as the amount of power each unit can potentially produce. I LOVE the fact that this is portable! All units I have researched are fixed which hinder many factors. Thank you!!! 8824 NW Shontel Ct, Silverdale WA 98312

  6. Doug Lauffer June 26, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Please, i would like more information: The Lawrence Group, 435 Broad Street, Sewickley, Pennsylvania 15143.

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