The ECLIPS Container Roll Out Solar System (CROSS) project includes the detailed design, manufacture and testing of the Container Roll Out Solar System. CROSS is a factory assembled relocatable PV solar ground array. The CROSS development includes 20ft and 40ft configurations (CROSS20 and CROSS40).
The CROSS20 has a maximum output of 2,175W, and the CROSS40 produces up to 4,350W, and can be transported inside standard shipping containers.
The CROSS products are being tested in Canberra, and the project will conclude with a Demonstration Day being held at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) on 12 April 2018.
The project aims to demonstrate rapid handling of the CROSS system by standard material handling equipment equipment, and validate the scale of the temporary power market opportunity.
The ECLIPS Container Roll Out Solar System (CROSS) project recognises a gap in the Australian market for the provision of renewable energy systems at small-commercial scale (100-500 kW), which can be highly mobile and/or temporarily deployed (at timescales of months up to five years). Renewable energy systems which meet this need could be deployed in off-grid and fringe-of-grid areas, and have the potential to offset diesel consumption and improve the security of existing networks. The logistics efficiencies represented by CROSS also reduce some of the barriers to entry for potential renewable power users in remote locations, including short project durations and where power systems need to be periodically relocated.
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The CROSS is delivered factory assembled and pre-wired to a DC isolator, and can be removed from a container and setup in minutes ready for connection to an inverter. CROSS can be stacked up to seven units high, and transported either using standard shipping containers or flatbed trucks, allowing for transport of over 30kW per 40ft container. The CROSS is structurally certified for installation in AS/NZS1170.2:2011 Wind Regions A-D, and allows the solar panel inclination to be adjusted to 10, 20 and 30 degree angles.
A rapidly redeployable solar PV system opens up previously inaccessible temporary power markets, such as defence, disaster recovery, humanitarian, construction and temporary network augmentation. Accessing this market will encourage greater penetration of renewable energy in the locations currently primarily serviced by diesel solutions.
What began life as a way to provide renewable power to Australian troops on the ground even in remote locations could see solar energy powering disaster relief efforts, construction sites and even music festivals.