Science and Technology : REMOTE MINI POWER STATIONS

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  1. Kemetstry

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    Pop-up solar station can take electricity, water and shelter anywhere
    Becky Crew
    Friday, 27 June 2014

    Released this month, the PowerCube can provide electricity, water and shelter to remote villages and emergency situations anywhere in the world.
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    Image: Ecosphere Technologies
    How do we quickly get power to a remote village sitting miles off the grid or a bunch of homes hit by a natural disaster? "Not very easily", would usually be the answer, but now we have ’the PowerCube’, a new ‘pop-up’ solar station that can be transported via shipping container and installed anywhere with the push of a button.
    Developed over the past seven years by Ecosphere Technologies, a technology and licensing company in the US, the PowerCube is completely self-contained, remotely monitored and controlled, and can be manufactured in three different sizes to match standard shipping container varieties. The first model will be released this month.
    “It can ship anywhere in the world, whether it’s carried in by air or train or boat, and immediately be providing and storing energy,” one of the team, Corey McGuire, told Adele Peters at FastCompany.
    If the weather gets bad, the PowerCube can be popped back inside the container for protection.
    One of the main design problems the team wanted to address was fitting as many solar panels in the smallest space possible. “If you just used a normal given footprint of a shipping container, you won’t have enough solar power to provide major systems,” said McGuire. “There’s just not enough square footage of solar.”
    By folding and layering the panels, which allows them to ‘pop’ out and be stacked away, the team has developed a design that can produce as much as 400% more electricity than would be possible by covering the container's roof in solar panels. The team is estimating an electricity output of up to 15 kilowatts, which is enough to sustain phones, electricity, Internet connections, or water treatment systems.
    And as if electricity wasn't enough, the PowerCube also dispenses water and provides shelter.
    According to Peters at FastCompany:
    The design was inspired by a suggestion from Jean-Michel Cousteau, who serves on the company's board. "He asked us to figure out ways to bring energy, water, and communications to remote places - like a school in a village in the developing world - without the use of fossil fuels," says McGuire.
    The first model includes onboard atmospheric water generators that pull water from the surrounding air, and there’s room inside the device for a temporary school, hospital, or sleeping quarters. All of which sounds a lot more secure than trying to live in the ‘origami inspired emergency shelter’, released some time this year, which looks to us like a fancy cardboard box.





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  2. Clyde C Coger Jr

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    :rofl: ... Talking about promoting robbing :wow: It wouldn't stand a chance in some neighbor hoods ...




     
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    True. :lol:





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    I think though that most people by nature aren't necessarily barbaric by nature but are outcast by society preventing them the same opportunity to make a decent living for themselves, and in turn makes their thinking to turn to robbing, and being destructive acceptable to them...

    The ideas to create something like this can be dreamed up by anyone of of them, a programmed geared to include instead of exclude, while showing them that if they provided the necessary legwork, they could be engineering for humanity products like these and even better.
     
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    I really dig this!

    My only question to them would be,

    Concerning the solar panels, could they have designed a hinge making panels stackable and able to fold out off the hinges in order to provide more?

    I'm certain they pick each others brains over these designs, and quite possibly more may not be better nor efficient, its just a question I'd ask.
    Again I like it!
     
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    Ideally, you make some great points Josef; which may just calculate out as the underpinning beneath all this madness.

    Having said all that, we are left with the end product, the robbing, the killing and all the rest. So, in a world minus "outcast" status of certain individuals, in a society that plays on a level-playing field; these same folk, otherwise known as outcasts would be viable and productive citizens, hardly arguable.

    But you know the deal, currently, we don't live in such a world, and the PowerCube concept just couldn't survive, realistically, maybe idealistically, but certainly not at the present time.


     
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    I just want to know what it costs?






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