Panasonic’s solar power plant in a box

In an effort to bring reliable electricity supplies to emerging regions and remote island communities, Panasonic has developed an expandable, portable, self-contained photovoltaic system. The “Power Supply Container” comes equipped with 12 of Panasonic’s HIT240 solar modules on the roof and generates approximately 3 kW of electricity, with 24 lead-acid batteries capable of storing 17.2 kWh of energy used to store excess electricity…

The self-contained units were designed to be portable, easy to assemble and not require any professional construction work to get them up and running. Panasonic also notes the container’s form allows it to be moved with relative ease. They are being manufactured by PT. Panasonic Gobel ES Manufacturing Indonesia, which is aiming to lower the price of the units through mass production.

As part of Indonesia’s “Educational Environment Improvement Policy for Isolated Islands,” the first location set by Panasonic for trials of the Power Supply Container is the National Elementary School in Karimunjawa, an archipelago of 27 islands in the Java Sea, Indonesia. Panasonic chose Indonesia as a test region because of the country’s approximately 13,000 islands, many of which either lack electricity altogether because of power generation and development issues or whose access to reliable electricity is limited…

According to Panasonic, power to the school will be sourced from the energy-generating containers during the day, but excess electricity generated outside of school hours will be supplied to the local community. Over the next few years, Panasonic plans to continue developing and implementing its Power Supply Container program in an effort to bring secure and reliable, 24 hour electricity to other Asian countries and emerging regions.

Another example of how dramatically the cost of off-the-shelf solar power components is dropping, availability increasing. I’m encouraged.

I think if Konosuke Matsushita were still alive he would be pleased.

7 thoughts on “Panasonic’s solar power plant in a box

  1. Sluggo says:

    See also SP Hybrid™ self-contained portable solar system and the SP Hybrid Trailer™, a self-contained portable solar system for remote locations or emergency power @
    Sacred Power is located in Albuquerque N.M. and is the largest Native American owned and operated manufacturer of renewable energy systems.

    • moss says:

      I’m sneaking up on a solar installation finally being affordable for home. I know the longer term benefits. The initial cost is the tough part.

    • eideard says:

      The sort of political crap that also has me considering accelerating what has been a rather casual attitude about adding a solar array to my gradual progress towards energy efficiency at Lot 4.

  2. Gimme says:

    This pop-up solar station looks like Optimus Prime, goes anywhere, and has wifi Additional details and photos @ “Ecos PowerCube® maximizes the total amount of solar power generation possible in 10′, 20′ and 40′ standard ISO shipping container footprints. …With power generation capabilities up to 15 kW, the Ecos PowerCube® can be used to power various onboard systems, including wireless telecommunications, solar powered Internet, and mobile water treatment systems.”

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