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Published on January 21st, 2009 | by Ariel Schwartz

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New Solar-Powered Electricity Generator is Safe, Silent, and Mobile

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January 21st, 2009 by  

A few years ago, I slept at a campsite next to a trailer running an obnoxiously loud diesel-powered generator all night long. If AMP’s silent, solar-powered portable generator had been around, I may have gotten a full night’s sleep. The silent, all-weather generator is installed in a trailer with photovoltaic solar panels on its roof.

An average AMP system is decked out with four Kyocera KC-130 photovoltaic modules that output 4,400 continuous watts and can withstand surges of 8,800 watts. If the trailer is parked in a cloudy location, it can also be charged from any standard 120V or 140V A/C electrical outlet.

When fully charged, AMP’s generator includes enough battery power to run a 42 inch LCD television and sound system for over 50 hours. An emergency response AMP System could power 500 watts of lighting for over 36 hours or 2000 watts of light for over 9 hours.

While an AMP generator could be handy for trailer-bound travelers, it will probably be most useful in emergency situations where grid power is down. The components installed in the AMP system do not have regulatory approval for use as a life-safety system, but the device’s inverters can easily run most medical devices.

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was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a senior editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine, and more. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.



  • Solarian Info

    Must see the new SSHS Small solar home system made by Solarian Energy Ltd
    http://www.solarian.info/?lang=1&dir=s_mobil

    • http://cleantechnica.com/ Zachary Shahan

      I’m just seeing streetlights on that page.

  • http://alternativemobilepower.com AMP Systems

    The system is intended to operate as a temporary power system, recharged with the sun or with utility power like an electric vehicle. Our latest system increases the solar input with side mounted tilt-up panels.

    We also make other platforms with far more solar power input, similar to what Mobile Power International claims to do. We, too, are the manufacturer, and do custom systems.

  • http://alternativemobilepower.com AMP Systems

    The system is intended to operate as a temporary power system, recharged with the sun or with utility power like an electric vehicle. Our latest system increases the solar input with side mounted tilt-up panels.

    We also make other platforms with far more solar power input, similar to what Mobile Power International claims to do. We, too, are the manufacturer, and do custom systems.

  • Akeem EDUN

    i believe the whole unit will best be of use in sub saharan africa where the sun is always blazing all year round will be very much intrested in pioneering the product, as i am from that part of africa and i want you to know that i have the skills to make the market boom there. very very possible

  • Akeem EDUN

    i believe the whole unit will best be of use in sub saharan africa where the sun is always blazing all year round will be very much intrested in pioneering the product, as i am from that part of africa and i want you to know that i have the skills to make the market boom there. very very possible

  • http://www.mobilepowerintl.com Andy Brazier

    Mobile Power International has the widest selection and most versatile mobile solar powered generators on the market right now. Our units are designed to run 24-7. Although, we’re designing a larger model, our current largest unit generates 3kw off of 18 panels. We can fit them with water pumping and purifying units. We can add a wind turbine to give us around 2 more panels worth of energy. We also have much smaller units available and have the ability to do custom units because we are the manufacturer.

  • http://www.mobilepowerintl.com Andy Brazier

    Mobile Power International has the widest selection and most versatile mobile solar powered generators on the market right now. Our units are designed to run 24-7. Although, we’re designing a larger model, our current largest unit generates 3kw off of 18 panels. We can fit them with water pumping and purifying units. We can add a wind turbine to give us around 2 more panels worth of energy. We also have much smaller units available and have the ability to do custom units because we are the manufacturer.

  • Smarter Than You

    So you are talking about a giant battery here with a trickle charger. You make it sound like it will run a whole lot but in reality a full days worth of sun in the summer sun of Arizona wouldn’t even half charge the system. I guess if you camp for a day or two and then recharge over the next couple weeks you would be fine, but then why not just take the batteries with you? A good idea but we need more efficience cells and batteries to make this practical.

  • Smarter Than You

    So you are talking about a giant battery here with a trickle charger. You make it sound like it will run a whole lot but in reality a full days worth of sun in the summer sun of Arizona wouldn’t even half charge the system. I guess if you camp for a day or two and then recharge over the next couple weeks you would be fine, but then why not just take the batteries with you? A good idea but we need more efficience cells and batteries to make this practical.

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