Having access to the grid and constant power supply in many parts of the world is a dream, rather than lifestyle. For many communities, diesel fuel and coal are the only means of power generation, causing severe pollution and damages to health. This is especially apparent in places where power generation facilities and networks are difficult to build.
Panasonic, however, has come up with a solution. They developed the so-called “Power Supply Container“, which is equipped with solar cells and batteries, and acts as the ever-so-needed energy system.
On many of the Indonesian islands, people not only lack electricity for their basic needs, but also there is no power availability to run the basic elementary schools that educate the future generations. This is a problem that is addressed by a project aiming to supply electricity to Karimunjawa Island, Jepara District, Central Jawa Province, Indonesia, in an attempt to combat poverty and improve children’s education.
The project is conducted in a joint collaboration between the public and the private sector in Indonesia. As part of it, Panasonic Corporation is to provide a Power Supply Container to the National Elementary School Karimunjawa 01. The technology is large enough and has a sufficient capacity to power school computers, projectors and screens, generating nearly 3kW of electricity.
The unit, which is supposed to begin operation in July this year, has 24 lead-acid batteries, that can store unused solar energy collected during the day. The quality control is performed by Panasonic Gobel ES Manufacturing Indonesia. Once placed, the container should not require any extra professional work, which could not be conducted by an electrical contractor. It is entirely stand alone unit , that takes up solar energy, converts it to electricity, and stores any excess power, without the need of technicians.
Although the design has been specifically created to serve the needs of this project, the success of the technology encouraged Panasonic to develop more of these containers and ship them to other remote areas of the world. Their biggest hope is to lower the prices of the container, so that it could become affordable on much larger scale.
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