SunZilla Solar Generator 3.0
SunZilla is a portable and modular, pop-up solar-powered generator.
The SunZilla 3.0 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 The SunZilla prototype is preceded by several outdated versions of the product with varying power ratings and integrated components.The Sunzilla team is located in Berlin, Germany.
The SunZilla team is focused on communities and projects in Europe. SunZilla plans to launch their product in Germany and a looking to enter the developing areas of the world.
SunZilla is the sole distributor of the solar generator.
Prototype costs are near $2,900 USD. Interview with representative in 2016
The primary competitor of SunZilla is IEEE Smart Village SunBlazer II . Other competitors include off-grid energy systems such as micro-hydro, wind turbines, biodigesters or diesel gen-sets.
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
The SunZilla has a wide range of users, ranging from residential yards to small businesses. The Sunzilla has also been used across Europe at events, festivals, refugee camps, and emergency situations.
SunZilla manufactures each system individually in their workshop in Berlin with plans to establish a production facility. Interview with representative in 2016
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
Three SunZilla 3.0 prototypes have been sold along with an undisclosed number of the previous SunZilla versions. Interview with representative in July 2016
Manufacturer-specified power rating
The size of land this system requires
Type of battery used
The type and size of the solar panels included in this system
Is this system compatible with a municipal power grid?
Description of the mobility of the solar power system
“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 in 2016
SunZilla 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.
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
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A. Clark, C.J. Pavlovski, and J. Fry, Transformation of Energy Systems: The Control Room of the Future, IEEE Electrical Power and Energy Conference 2009, October 2009.
SunZilla is working toward Conformité Européene (CE) certification and the development of a recycling program.
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- Video: SunZilla: A DIY Solar-Powered Generator To Go
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.
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