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Are Portable Solar Powered Generators Ready for Prime Time?

Posted October 05, 2011 9:06 AM

Everyone would like to have a self-sustaining source of electrical power during a lengthy power outage or disaster, but how do current portable solar-powered backup systems compare to gas- or diesel-powered ones? What new approaches to solar-based electricity show promise in cutting costs and improving efficiency in next-generation portable solar generators? What criteria need to be met before a portable solar generator can be utilized on a longer-term basis to reduce home energy uses?

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10/06/2011 2:30 AM

Getting rid of the fluffy jargon would help.

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10/06/2011 8:35 AM

Portable? If a solar-powered generator of sufficient size to reduce home energy usage takes up the whole of my roof, how is it going to be portable?

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Re: Are Portable Solar Powered Generators Ready for Prime Time?

10/06/2011 9:17 AM

No such-a-thing as "one size fits all", yet. Power goes out frequently in areas hit by hurricanes, and NO solar panels will function til after the storm has passed. And, as much as the glass (solar-panel) coverings hate hail, many don't work even once the sun reappears.

My gas generator has worked great....to keep storms far away from our neighborhood

Someone already stated: a "portable" solar generator isn't likely to ever serve much in the way of reducing home energy use.

However, I (for one) was impressed by the (home) fuel-cell generation systems, demonstrated on nightly news awhile back.... Tho' I haven't seen them at Lowes yet.

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