SunZilla Solar Generator 3.1
The SunZilla 3.1 solar generator prototype is an open source, portable, modular and plug and play technology intended for off-grid solar energy production. The prototype is planned to launch near the end of 2016. The SunZilla prototype is preceded by several outdated versions of the product with varying power ratings and integrated components.
SunZilla participated in the [POC 21 innovation camp to further develop the solar generator with software design support from Autodesk Foundation. Previous work of the idea began with Bootschaft, a Berlin based non-profit.
The Sunzilla team is located in Berlin, Germany.
The SunZilla team is focused on communities and projects in Europe and in the Philippines, Cameroon and Sierra Leone. SunZilla plans to launch their product in Germany.
SunZilla is the sole distributor of the solar generator.
Prototype costs are near $2,900 USD. With mass manufacturing, SunZilla hopes to lower the cost. interview with representative
– IEEE Smart Village SunBlazer II
– Other off-grid energy systems such as micro-hydro, wind turbines, biodigesters or diesel gen-sets
Europe: Event organizers, refugee camps or emergency situations.
Emerging markets: Individuals and households that lack access to the electric grid.
SunZilla manufactures each system individually in their workshop in Berlin with plans to establish a production facility. interview with representative
Users can obtain the product from Sunzilla or build the product themselves. The SunZilla is projected to be available at retail price near the end of 2016. SunZilla plans to offer a rent or lease option and offer education workshops. interview with representative
As of July 2016, three (3) SunZilla 3.1 prototypes have been sold along with an undisclosed number of the previous SunZilla versions. interview with representative
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“The surface area of the entire SunZilla platform equals the dimensions of a standard euro-palette (height of 110cm), providing an unfolded solar module surface area of 8.5 square meters.” SunZilla’s webpage
“SunZilla 3.1 is designed for a household up to 7 persons: It is possible to run a fridge, charge mobile phones & laptops and use electric light. SunZilla is modular, so you can interconnect SunZilla Solar Generators to enlarge power of the system and form a micro-grid.”SunZilla’s webpage
For technical support, refer to the online instruction guides or contact SunZilla directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
The batteries, control systems, cables and terminals will need to be replaced over time as the system wears.
The solar panels have a 20 year manufacturer warranty and the battery has an 8 year manufacturer warranty. The lifecycle of the product is 20 years.
Be sure to follow proper electrical installation and control guidelines.
– DC to AC Inverters
– Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Filters
– Water purification
– Cooling and heating systems
– Telecommunication systems
SunZilla is working toward Conformité Européene (CE) certification and the development of a recycling program.
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