Speed and simplicity are essential when, for example, a natural disaster occurs and access to electricity is urgently needed to respond as quickly as possible to the emergency. For these cases, and many more, Rapid Roll has been designed, a new solar system that can be anywhere in the world in standard shipping containers. In addition, its installation is so simple that it is enough to deploy this technology as one would do with a carpet because, in a few minutes, have energy.
High power, ease of overall transport, instant installation and ease of use. These are the four strengths of Rapid Roll, according to its creators, the Start British Renovagen. Although it is in the development phase to reach commercial scale, this innovation has as a maxim the ‘Plug & play‘or, in Spanish, plug and play.
This particularity is possible because for Rapid Roll to start supplying energy, no expert is needed. “ Unroll and capture the energy ” would be the perfect equivalent of this Plug & play this is achieved with this type of solar mat. Its modular design not only allows the solution to be adjusted to the needs of each user, but it also helps to contain any damage and, also, to optimize the performance of each section.
The simplicity of the system is reflected in the assembly and usage times. Para una instalación de cinco o diez metros de ancho y hasta cien de largo (la primera, apta para su transported in a container of 20 pies y, la segunda, in uno de 40), la instalación y la puesta en marcha sería cuestión de Hours. “This technology makes it possible to deploy large energy capacities in less time than any competitor”, the creators assure. Up to 18 kW in two minutes of installation and less than an hour for 300 kW.
These attributes make this solution capable of becoming an asset for disaster operations or for resettlement in any area where a humanitarian crisis situation needs to be addressed. The military industry, mining, film production or, also, smart cities, are other potential customers of this technology.
But in addition, its promoters ensure that to all the above is added the capacity of its solution which, they say, can generate ten times more energy than other proposals similar. If, for the moment, Renovagen estimates the capacity at 100 kWp with a 20-foot container shipment, the future target is set at 600, with the integration of more efficient solar cells.
With a lifespan of 10 years, this technology does not lose vapor in low or diffused light conditions. However, it achieves its best performance among the tropics, where they make sure that with it energy self-sufficiency can reach 365 days a year. Waterproof and weight-resistant, but without going overboard (you can walk on the setup, but it’s not designed for it), these roll-up, portable solar farms include inverters and batteries for storage.