New Product Puts a Solar Power Plant on Your Back

A U.S. solar energy company will market a solar power pack that weighs 22 pounds and fits in a backpack.

PORTLAND, Oregon – Solardyne Corp says its ‘Solar Power Pack’ provides users with the tools to generate 120 watt-hours of power each day. The unit is designed to power electronics while camping or boating, as well as field research, emergency home power, disaster relief and international missionary work in remote locations at a low cost. It emits no carbon or other greenhouse gas emissions. “The Solar Power Pack is a personal solar power utility, designed to be operated and transported by a single person,” says CEO Toby Kinkaid. “In a single package, users have everything necessary to provide both power and light when they are out in the field without access to traditional electricity.” The Power Pack collects and stores solar energy that can be released any time, and can power AC and DC electronics up to 300 watts and provide backup electricity supplies during power outages. After charging for six hours with the unit’s solar PV panel, the Power Pack can run a laptop computer for three hours or its own high-efficiency light for 14 hours. Customers have purchased the unit for dive boats, trips to Africa and use at the South Pole Station. “We are particularly excited about the prospect of humanitarian organizations using the Solar Power Pack for their relief efforts,” adds Kinkaid. “Imagine the difference these groups can make in people’s lives by taking a portable source of ready power to third-world nations.” The solar panel is designed to last 20 years, and the battery lasts for 600 charge cycles, which is two years under daily use, after which it can be replaced and recycled. The unit sells for $549. Solardyne develops and sells renewable energy technology and appliances online. The company focuses on the sale of solar and wind power equipment, providing consumers with power-on-demand with no accompanying fuel costs or pollution. It is based Portland.

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