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PowerCube pop-up solar generator provides relief to disaster-struck areas

• gizmag.com

The company has since been busy refining the system's form and function and has now announced the completion of what it says to be the world's largest deployable solar power generator. Capable of generating 15 kW of electricity, PowerCube is transported as a standard shipping container and can morph into a solar-powered shelter, water treatment plant and communications base, all with a push of a button.

Like other disaster relief units, such as the QuickHab and Apparatus X, PowerCube was inspired by what was widely perceived as an inadequate response to 2005's Hurricane Katrina. Though disaster relief was the main motivation for its development, Ecosphere is also touting the potential of the PowerCube in applications such as military and humanitarian aid.

Available in three sizes, the pop-up power station can be transported by truck, train, boat or plane and installed anywhere with enough space to accommodate a 10-, 20- or 30-ft standard ISO shipping container.

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