Home Solar and Wind Generated 12V Power

  What Is It?
The new  MER Alt-Spark takes wind power, solar power, and power from the enclosed external combustion generator and concentrates the power. This power is concentrated in the large battery bank and is available to power A.C. and D.C. loads. 12V or 24V loads may be powered by the solar/wind hybrid. The unit also produces heat for export, using the mediums of circulating hot water or forced air.
Why Do I Need This?

With ultra-low exhaust emissions, high portability, and operated remotely, the Alt-Spark can power over twenty types of sites.  If you need power at an environmental clean-up site for example-you need clean power that wont’ make the site worse. Likewise the MER Alt-Spark provides emergency telecom power. The module is  easy to deploy and quick to set-up.
How Long Does It Take To Set-up?

One day. It is fully self contained, and with moderate wind and solar activity, needs fuel at three-month intervals.
What’s Inside The Enclosure?
The aluminum clad enclosure houses the electrical panel, control panels, batteries, propane fuel (optional low-emission diesel power is available), and the satellite comunnication equipment. The satellite communication module lets your operator monitor from one to a hundred modules. Remote control of the unit is an option as well.
The fan-powered hot air duct can easily be connected to warm a building, boat, truck, heavy equipment, or any other area that needs clean dry heat.  Marine engineer, Tyler Allen is comfortable designing for small spaces, and he designed the Alt-Spark to have MER durability. Following is his account of how the Alt-Spark came about:
The Alt-Spark Was Concieved To Fill A Need
Tyler Allen Explains: “Our customer came to us requesting a power supply that could fulfill the exacting requirements of remote, off-grid deployment. Specifically, the unit had to provide:
• Service interval of and operate for six months with zero human contact
• 20 year service life
• Function in 7 feet of snow and extreme icing conditions
• Withstand sustained winds of 120 mph
• Provide 4kWh per day for 6 months (730 kWh total)
• Be modular and deployable anywhere
• Operate at high elevations
• Run for 6 months on less than 100 gallons of fuel
Our answer was the Alt-Spark, a power platform designed to meet these demanding requirements. The heart of the Alt-Spark Platform is an enormous battery bank. The standard unit has a 700 amp hour capacity which can be upgraded to three times that, conservatively pumping 84kw hours of power before any recharging of the battery bank is required. In this way our  “bank”  takes the place of a traditional power generator.
This bank, of course, must be replenished as the reserves are drained. Recharging is provided by any combination of three possible means, these being wind, solar and a high efficiency, external combustion engine. Certain considerations must be taken when developing a power plant that utilizes alternative sources of energy such as wind and water. Namely, that the wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine. Having a large battery bank allows the Alt-Spark to capture the full potential of wind and solar in the batteries as they are available and bank it until it is needed. This provides the buffer needed between windy and sunny days. In the event that insufficient wind or sun is available to adequately recharge the batteries, an external combustion engine (Stirling) is programmed to come on line and keep the batteries from becoming dangerously depleted. To keep from wasting valuable fuel reserves, the Stirling runs only long enough to maintain battery voltage. Once wind or sun is again available, the batteries are quickly returned to full capacity.
The design intent of the Alt-Spark is to supply power with near zero green house gas emissions and minimal operating and maintenance costs. The entire system is sophisticated enough to run maintenance free on a six month interval while providing the needed power.

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