Providing dependable electricity to remote areas of the world will increase the opportunity for improved life and education possibilities for many people. Panasonic has demonstrated commitment to this endeavor with a new development, an expandable, portable, self-contained photovoltaic system with batteries.
On March 25, Panasonic Corporation announced it had developed the “Power Supply Container,” a stand-alone photovoltaic power package for areas without electricity. The Power Supply Container includes Panasonic monocrystalline hybrid solar cell modules (“HIT” solar modules) and Panasonic deep cycle valve-regulated lead-acid batteries, as well as a newly developed Power Supply Control Unit that acts as the energy management system.
“Indonesia consists of roughly 13,000 islands, and so there is a lack of access to electricity particularly among the minor islands where development of power generation facilities and distribution networks is difficult. In Karimunjawa, electricity is available at night from diesel generators, but in the daytime there is no electricity, which results in an insufficient educational environment,” Panasonic writes.
“To solve this problem, Panasonic will provide a Power Supply Container to the National Elementary School Karimunjawa 01, in order to improve the facilities and educational environment through providing power for the school’s electrical equipment, such as lights and fans, as well as educational tools such as computers, projectors and televisions. Panasonic will introduce the Power Supply Container with an aim of starting operations in July 2014.”
What is exceedingly hopeful for the remote regions Panasonic intends to improve is the easy portability of this system. There is no need for onsite construction. An electrical contractor can quickly install the Power Supply Container. The containers are able to be easily moved and taken to other areas without electricity.
Panasonic shares more regarding this easily moved system:
The Power Supply Container is equipped with twelve Panasonic HIT® 240 solar modules which have a high conversion efficiency and can generate approximately 3 kW of electricity. It is also equipped with 24 lead-acid storage batteries (17.2 kWh as total) which can supply stored power. This project will supply power to the electrical equipment in the school and classrooms during school time, while the excess energy generated out of school hours will be supplied to the local community, helping to stabilize the local power supply.
Panasonic will continue to develop its Power Supply Container as a solution for areas without electricity or places facing frequent power blackouts in Indonesia and other Asian countries and emerging nations, with the aim of realizing a more enriched and comfortable lifestyle in more and more places around the world.
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