Gallery: POWERCUBE: Rock-Solid Solar Generator To-Go

PowerCube - interior

Portable green power sources are steadily gaining momentum as alternative energy tech gears up to help shoulder the strain of our overloaded energy grids. This recently released generator, dubbed the PowerCube 6000, is showing plenty of potential as an all-inclusive clean energy system. Whether you’re greening your home’s energy sources, preparing for an emergency, or opening up a Black Rock smoothie stand, the PowerCube offers an enticing (if expensive) way to break free from the grid.

True story: as I was drafting this post, my computer ground to a halt. As did the refrigerator, the lights, and my entire San Francisco city block. All irony aside, the experience was a grounding realization of how tenuous our energy grid can be.

Hence the draw of the PowerCube – it’s a totally self-contained power source that is heat, noise, and emission free. The burly cube costs $25,000 and boasts three 200 watt solar panels, 3500 watts of continuous inverter output, and 2400 amp hours of battery storage. Sealed in a watertight casing, the PowerCube is as plug and play as solar systems get, requiring just four steps to set up. Unfortunately, one of those steps requires a forklift, as the unit is fairly massive. Still, it’s a solid option for those able to shoulder its cost and heft. Plus, multiple cubes can be daisy linked together for… EVEN MORE POWER!

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  1. Paul Kamper September 19, 2008 at 7:55 am

    It is very interesting for me! I am also designer for Led-lights installations and wind energy in Netherland/Zeeland

  2. hunter June 5, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    I agree… to costly and too large/heavy… cool idea though. I was just looking at the Solar Stik website and think for the $$ it might be a better way to go… it’s alot lighter! 😉

  3. hunter June 5, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    I like it, but agree that the size is prohibitive. We have a cabin that we are shopping for, and the concept would work great, but the logistics are a bit much due to the size and weight . We have also looked at Solar Stik and at this time that seems like the better answer for the $$.

    Carry on!!

  4. SAJJAD UMEED June 4, 2008 at 7:32 am

    this alternative power solution is exellent but its cast is too high for middle class locality.

  5. creadman May 28, 2008 at 10:32 am

    It\’s a great idea. Would be more economical sense to have a smaller version that would be easier to carry around. Just imagine having one outside your porch, or camping in tents or trailers with a portable. Perhaps a backpack size or a pack in our trunk of the car, with solar on windshield to charge up the battery pack. Backup generator in case eletricity out at home. or separate generator for computers.

    More people would probably buy something that’s smaller and portable and less costly.

    Ideas are endless…….

  6. Obinna May 28, 2008 at 6:45 am

    This portable system affords the manufacturer opportunity to sell at least 5000 units in a year in Nigeria where there is no light from the grid 98% of the day.

    We see good business here but the sellers should review the price to suit Africa’s largest market

  7. M2JL April 1, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Cool idea… My first though was : eco friendly torture chair… Then I saw how massive that thing is. I imagine eventually it will get smaller and more affordable.

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  9. hugo April 1, 2008 at 3:42 am

    Great idea and concept, but if having a forklift around is a demand to be mobile with one of these, I’ll pass. But great substitute for those gas/diesel-powered generators used in remote areas, and with the fuel prices these days even more attractive (8 dollars for a gallon of gas, here in the Netherlands) so also for non-greeneys.

  10. organicgrid April 1, 2008 at 2:17 am

    Wow, I did not realize how large it was until I saw the men standing next to it, very cool.

  11. Brian Lang March 31, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    I love it! Too bad it costs so much. And it does look kinda like a giant LA-Z-BOY….may want to make sure it’s got a good hard coating to prevent scratches when the inevitable happens…

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