Innovative modular portable PV system leading Powerstar R&D drive
Published: 24 January 2020 - Carly Wills
An innovative new project being delivered by Powerstar could produce the first modulated portable solar photovoltaic (PV) inverter with battery energy storage as early as 2023.
The modular system, which is currently being developed by product development engineer, Dr Olivia Zeng, includes a foldable PV panel, and is expected to be the first of its kind in the UK.
Anticipated to use a panel as small as a sheet of A3 paper when deployed, the 100-200W PV inverter has been developed specifically for the consumer market, with a range of modules available to simply switch in and out for a range of applications and will be capable of powering/charging devices from mobile phones to small refrigerators.
The solution is the latest in a long line of innovations produced by Powerstar’s purpose-built research and development Delta Lab, and marks a notable step change for the company into the consumer market.
Solon Mardapittas, chief technical officer at Powerstar, said: “We are extremely proud of our continuous innovation and excited to be working on such a ground-breaking project. Whilst there's still a lot of development work to be done, the initial results have been very promising.
“Our ambition for 2020 is to continue the development of the Powerstar Delta Lab, and our team, to push our business forward in what is a dynamic space for both the energy market and smart technologies. Through research focused and innovation-led developments such as this portable PV project, we feel we are in a very strong position to thrive in this fast-paced industry.”