Wagan Tech has developed scalable off-grid solar power generators

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Wagan Tech has launched new solar power generators for off-grid applications. The Solar e Power Cube 1500 and the Solar e Power Case 450 are both plug and play solar generators providing instant access to AC power.

Problem

Access to electricity is either unreliable or non-existent in much of the developing world, often dependent on expensive diesel generators for power requirements. Natural disasters, such as earthquakes, can disrupt the power source for considerable time, while essential services often have the most urgent need for safe, reliable electricity.

Solution

The larger and more powerful of the two units is the Solar e Power Cube 1500. It boasts a 1,500 watt AC inverter and a 55 AH battery packaged in a sturdy, wheeled case. Once wheeled into place the solar panels unfold and slide out providing 80 watts of solar charging to the onboard battery. The Solar e Power Case 450 is a smaller more compact unit. It features a 450 watt inverter and a 26 AH battery contained in a sturdy metal case with shoulder strap. The 40 watt solar panel unit attaches to the side for easy transport. Both units can accommodate additional solar panels and batteries if quicker charging or more storage is needed.

Applications

In addition to applications in developing countries, they can also be used in emergencies when back up power is needed or by people working or living in remote locations.

Platform

The two solar generators are self contained power sources which makes setup quick and easy. They are equipped with solar panels, an AGM/Gel Hybrid battery and one of Wagan Tech’s legacy power inverters, all packaged together in a rugged case. The Solar e Power Cube 1500 features 1500 Watt AC inverter, 12-Volt DC outlets, and 2.1 Amp USB power ports supported by a 55 AH gel battery. Initial AC charge is up to 24 hours while the solar panel charging time is 16 hours in peak sunlight. The MSRP for the Solar e Power Cube 1500 is US$1,199.00. The Solar e Power Case 450 has an MSRP of US$799.00.

Availability

January 2012 onwards. 

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