Much of the world’s power—especially in areas without a reliable centralized power grid—is supplied by inefficient and environmentally harmful diesel generators.
THE DESIGN SOLUTION
HYBRID DIESEL-RENEWABLE GENERATORS
Planetary Power developed HyGen, a generator that combines energy storage, a high-efficiency diesel generator, a smart and secure control system, and a direct connection for renewable power.
"We’re going to keep developing this technology until we get to the point where small generators can be just as reliable and even lower-cost than big power grids."
— Joe Landon, CEO and President
Making energy available, reliable, and clean
Billions of people around the world live in areas with unreliable power grids or no access to electricity at all. Diesel generators are loud, inefficient, and environmentally harmful, but the intermittent nature of solar and wind power has made them unpopular as a source of prime power. Systems that use renewable energy are oversized and also need to be able to store power for times without sun or wind.
HOW IT WORKS
HyGen contains an array of rechargeable Li-Ion batteries as well as a high-efficiency diesel generating system.
HyGen maximizes the contribution from wind and solar energy sources.
The high-efficiency diesel generating system in HyGen only runs when the batteries are low, or if there is a lack of sun or wind.
Balancing energy production with energy storage creates a more efficient and less polluting off-grid solution.
Joe Landon once led spaceflight program development at Space Adventures Ltd., the first company to send a tourist into space. Today, he wants to help humanity make the most efficient use of its existing energy resources on Earth. At the request of the U.S. Navy, which is eager to reduce its dependence on traditional fuel, Planetary Power began a fast-track design exploration of a hybrid generator combining diesel and renewable energy. By requiring its engineering team to design and prototype concurrently, the company saved hundreds of thousands of dollars while maintaining an aggressive development schedule that produced a working prototype in less than nine months.
Q & A
Why is the Planetary Power HyGen revolutionary?
What we’re driving towards is a distributed renewable energy infrastructure that no longer requires big power plants and a power grid.
How does Planetary Power address the challenge of providing cleaner, more efficient and affordable power?
With HyGen, people and companies that currently use diesel fuel to power their generators can make the same amount of fuel last much longer and expand their existing infrastructure faster.
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When fully commercialized, the HyGen has the potential to make generating electricity less resource-intensive and to replace the millions of diesels generators in use. Simply replacing the generators powering remote cell phone towers can reduce cell tower diesel consumption by 80 percent, with a corresponding reduction in environmental impact.
The Planetary Power HyGen will be shipping to customers in 2016.