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Mobile Solar Power Supply

A talk by Joshua, Andrew, Jacob & Ulysses
Student pitching team, University of South Australia

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A survey of 100 residents and businesses in the Daintree Rain Forrest in Cape York was conducted in March 2016. The results showed that 97% of the Communities and businesses are powering buildings with a combination of solar and generators and 100% are using gas for cooking and hot water.

The mobile solar panel trailer functions as a diesel generator replacement in order to power homes and electrically powered utilities. Communities are spending up to $5000 every year on diesel, whereas the solar panel trailer is a once-off cost of $6580. Solar panels are also environmentally friendly, which avoids damage to the Country when using diesel generators.

The trailer design can produce on average 5.04kWh and is extremely modular. The key focus was to produce a simple design that is easy to use, as well as easy to repair by the Community.

Safety for the Community was a major concern for our group. For example, deep cycle batteries were used instead of lithium-ion to reduce the fire risk.

The one-page summary can be found here.

The full report can be found here.

Join this Zoom session at the start time here.

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