Pollution levels have reached an all time high as more factories and plants dot our landscape. Factories aren’t the only places that need to change their mode of operations, however; residential houses also need to contribute to lowering the pollution levels and conserving natural resources, else all efforts would be redundant. One way we can do this is to switch to solar powered generators for home use. Since they run on the sun’s energy, they don’t emit pollutants and help conserve fossil fuels.
Lyman Morse has developed the Powercube, a solar and wind energy generator in a bid to go green. Contained in a fiberglass box, the generator will be available in two sizes, each costing $27,000 and $37,000. The batteries are said to be able to store a charge for three weeks as well as being able to provide 3.5kW of power in short spurts. For now, the generators are being tested for use in military applications. The makers say that the Powercube is ideal for areas like construction sites, cellphone towers, island camps and homes that can’t make use of conventional power.
The aptly named, The Harvester, is a portable solar powered generator that’s perfect for home use. Developed by Solar Marsh, the machine acts as a 750W, 12 Volt DC power source, which is able to push small gadgets like small power tools and small televisions into operation. While, its use may be slightly limited, it’s ideal for camping, fishing and hiking trips as it recharges itself for free using a 50W solar panel. Its portability means that you can carry it to any place that doesn’t have access to conventional power.
While most solar generators are equipped with a single solar panel, Wagan Tech has come up with one that comprises five. The rather powerful home generator is meant for appliances that use more energy, which is why the five paneled device is able to provide about 1,500W of power for around seven to eight hours. The unit has a 12 Volt battery with compartments that can hold two more. In addition, the unit can also accommodate another two panels to provide for higher power needs.
The VSP3500 Solar generator is an excellent choice for people having a higher power consumption but don’t want to make use of conventional fuel based generators. Quiet and non polluting, the VSP3500 can provide 3,500W of power with a 12 Volt DC. It has a low voltage alarm as well as high surge protection and an automatic overload shutdown system. Accessories include charge and link cables, a retractable handle to tow the cart easily as well as a solar charge system.
Manufacturer of solar panels and hybrid products, Guangzhou 3Hz Solar Technology Corporation Ltd, has developed a household solar generator system to power devices like televisions and other media devices. Said to be quiet and efficient, the generator uses a microcontroller to achieve automatic control and provides real time information on battery voltage, ambient temperature and charge and discharge rates. The inverter of the generator is resistant to shock loads, which protects your appliances from damage.
Solman’s Mobile Solar Generator has been innovatively built on wheels allowing users to move it from place to place with ease. Depending on how much sunlight it harnesses, the generator can provide 1,200W of AC power, 12 Volt DC power and charge small Ni Mh batteries. The two wheeled cart consists of a 135W solar panel, solar charge controller, AC/DC plugs, three 100 amp/hr batteries, a watt meter and a 1,500W inverter/charger. All Solman generators have been built out of aluminum instead of plastic, guaranteeing a longer life.
EcoTricity is a handy generator that serves as a source of backup power for your home. The 1,800W solar generator makes use of a 90W solar panel to harvest sunlight that in turn charges the AMG batteries inside the machine. Incidentally, the batteries can also be charged using a wall outlet, perfect for those days when the sun isn’t at its strongest. The two wheeled machine makes for easy mobility and can be carted around almost anywhere.
OuXiang International Limited has developed a solar generator for use at home. Ideal for powering devices like TVs, fans, computers and radios, the generator has a maximum DC input of 12 Volts with a watt peak of 20 to 40Wp. It also comes with auto protection in case of overload, short current and voltage fluctuations.
The next on the list is a solar energy generator created by Sunny Energy Industry. 500W of power make it ideal for powering appliances like computers, printers, household lamps, televisions and water pumps. It has the advantage of being able to run for three cloudy days continuously which comes as a relief during those dull days when the sun isn’t out. The unit consists of six solar panels of 84W, four 12 Volt batteries, an inverter, charge controller and one bracket cable set.
The last on the list of solar powered generators for home use is one that takes the cake for being designed by a 13 year old. Aidan Dwyer, is the brain behind the tree like structure whose strange design takes inspiration from the Fibonacci sequence of numbers. What’s unique is that no branch overshadows the other, allowing the panels to harness as much sunlight as is available.