A Solar Stik System integrates power generation, energy storage, and power management technologies to create a high-efficiency power circuit. Our systems vary in complexity, ranging from man-wearable components to hybrid systems that combine traditional fuel-driven generators and renewable generation sources. Solar Stik Systems are indifferent about power generation, which make them adaptable in changing conditions and provides autonomy by reducing dependence on a single energy source.
How to Build a System
Solar Stik Systems are configured specifically to mission requirements up to 10 kilowatts (kW). The application itself will drive the selection of specific technologies that meet the user’s needs. Application includes factors such as the load, operating environment, and logistics.
Loads are dynamic. Understanding the full range of load demands (average over time, peak, surge) is a critical first step in the proper design of the System architecture.
The System stores energy in batteries—energy storage modules (ESMs). The battery chemistry (lead-acid or lithium iron phosphate) should be selected and scaled according to the load requirements. ESMs are the foundation of any high-efficiency power system and open the system architecture, creating options for system configuration based on the application.
Proper architecture for ESMs is critical. ESMs can be scaled to provide either high-power or long-duration load support.
Application drives the selection of power generation technologies used in support of the load. Solar panels, wind generators, diesel or gasoline generators, fuel cells, and vehicles are a few of the power generation sources that can be harnessed by the System. Renewables, such as solar and wind, can be selected to provide autonomous operation as conditions warrant. When used with ESMs, fuel-driven generators will operate at maximum efficiency, reducing logistics burden. No matter the power generation source, one rule always applies: Power generated in the system must be greater than the power consumed by the load.
Mission requirements of applications can vary greatly. The System’s open architecture allows the user to select the specific capabilities—including AC/DC power management, power distribution, and generator remote-start kits—that meet the mission requirements. Commercially available power management components are also compatible with the System.
Using Plug & Play connections, components can be added or removed from the system architecture as the application evolves. Power management enables all of the technologies in a high-efficiency power circuit to operate in concert.
UPS SystemsExpeditionary and stationary uninterruptible power supply systems that can be used for continuity of operations
WASP Systems (0–200 W)Wearable Advanced Soldier Power (WASP) Systems—smallest, lightest, most powerful system in its class
Venture Systems (200–1000 W)Portable power stations that can support medical, communications, or other light-duty applications
A Solar Stik Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) defines the standard for filling gaps in grid power—whether just a flicker or an outage that lasts for days—and ensuring continuous operation of critical applications. The energy storage bank can be designed to support most any load for any length of time. Fuel-driven generators and/or photovoltaic (PV) arrays are options that can maintain and extend battery support of the application during long periods without grid power. Climate control can extend battery life up to tenfold, protecting your investment and your application.
WASP Systems (0–200 W)
Wearable Advanced Soldier Power (WASP) Systems are complete power systems that provide power generation, energy storage, and power management in one small, wearable kit. WASP systems enable the soldier or adventurer to consolidate multiple electrical devices into one closed-loop circuit, eliminating the need to carry multiple battery types and spares. As a highly portable, independent power system, the WASP can be scaled to support up to 200 W continuous loads. These systems also allow for “opportunity charging” from sources as diverse as solar, fuel cell, vehicular, or grid AC power.
Venture Systems (200–1000 W)
Venture Systems are portable power stations that can support appliances such as laptop computers, lighting, radios, refrigeration, medical devices, and more. These are often one- or two-case solutions that include flexible solar panels for power generation, integrated power management with AC and DC power distribution, and energy storage.
Hybrid Power Systems (1000–7000 W)
Hybrid Power Systems (HPSs) use energy storage modules (ESMs) at the heart of their architecture, which allow multiple power generation sources to support the load. HPSs prioritize harvesting energy from renewable sources over traditional sources such as fuel-driven generation to make system operation as efficient as possible. The open architecture and modular design of the HPS allows addition, subtraction, or substitution of each component in the system to tailor it specifically to any application. The systems in this section are successful, fielded variations of the Solar Stik HPS design theme and cover a wide spectrum of power requirements.