Panasonic develops stand-alone PV power system


Japanese eectronics giant Panasonic has this week unveiled a new stand-alone solar power system that the company claims is ideal for use in rural areas lacking access to electric power generation.

The Power Supply Container comprises 12 Panasonic HIT 240 solar modules and 24 lead-acid batteries, controlled by a patented energy management system that oversees the generation and storage of 3 kW of solar electricity for self-consumption.

The Power Supply Container has already been snapped up by a school on the Indonesian island of Karimunjawa as part of the Project to Improve Elementary Education and Alleviate Poverty by Providing Electricity – which was selected and financially backed by the Japanese Embassy in Indonesia.

The Power Supply Container has been designed to enable quick assembly that requires no onsite professional construction work. An electrical contractor can easily install the system and attach it to the power supply, and its mass-produced design will allow Panasonic to lower its price as more and more systems are ordered.

The stand-alone power unit will provide clean solar electricity to power the school’s electrical equipment, and should be installed and up and running by July.