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Published on January 21st, 2009 | by Ariel Schwartz


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

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.

Photo Credit: AMP 

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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.

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