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Meridian Folding Solar Panel System-Power System

Large Scale Folding Solar Panel System for Backup & Temporary Power. Transport-Temporary-Quick Deploy

Meridian Folding Solar Panel System-Power System

Large Scale Folding Solar Panel System for Backup & Temporary Power. Transport-Temporary-Quick Deploy

pledged of $225,000pledged of $225,000 goal
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, November 2 2016 6:12 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 2, 2016

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Proof of Concept

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About

A number of years ago I was introduced to an industry that I knew very little about.  Large portable solar systems.  Not the type you carry in a backpack to charge your cell phone but large systems.  

Systems like this are typically installed on skids or trailers for quick deployment and easy transport.  I noticed a limitation in this industry when it comes to available power since power is a function of panel array size. There was limited work done for earthbound folding systems.

I designed a way to fold an array with a 6:1 fold ratio.  This would allow for efficient storage, transport and deployment.  I knew the systems could and would benefit so many.

Typical applications may include:

  • Power for Remote Industrial Sites
  • Humanitarian Crisis Areas
  • Natural Disasters
  • Back Up Power
  • Remote Scientific Study Areas
  • Conflict Zones
  • Large Events
  • Water Pumping and Filtration
  • Communication/Telecom Sites

The applications are endless.

I designed and built a working proof of concept. All the design challenges that were faced were figured out on this unit.  I knew a large system would work.

Now is the time to build a large working system with real output.  I plan on building a 18 panel, approx 5000 watt system that is skid based and self deployable.  This systems will also track the sun for optimum energy gathering.

Please join me on this journey and help seed something new and exceptional.  I will document the entire project from start to finish and my goal is 12 months.

This equipment will be awesome.  First of all it is big, a working machine and is semi autonomous.  There are so many applications that can benefit so many.

Thank you for your interest.

Risks and challenges

Every project large or small carries risk. I consider this project large but the risk minimal. The risk is low because of a few factors.
-I know the design will work based on my proof of concept.
-I have the people and vendors in place to execute all requirements.
-I have carefully analyzed the project budget.
-My professional experience has given me insight as to all the potential problems a project like this may encounter.
-Most important, I have passion and a vision. This project is going to work and will be completed.

Some unique challenges that may be encountered? There are always design challenges but I believe most of these are solvable. Same holds true to manufacturing and like design, usually solvable. In the event that the issue at hand is not solvable, a plan B will be initiated.

I have no conflicting issues that would prevent me from executing this project.

This project will have full transparency. Backers will have access to me via e-mail, there will be website for this project and of course social media will be used for updates.

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