The 'Solo Bucket' product by SoloPower Systems really stood out for me in this round up of all of the new products on show at the Solar Power International exhibition in Las Vegas this week. Ultra high efficiency modules and 1500V central inverters were making headlines but this innovative product has the potential to transform so many people's lives. This simple CIGS solar and battery solution is has been designed so that it can be installed in two minutes by anyone without any tools. This will give people in the developing world instant access to power and light. I really hope that this system takes off as I think it has such huge potential.
The US-based flexible CIGS thin-film producer SoloPower Systems has launched ‘Solo Bucket’, a new portable power kit for emerging economies around the world, with an inaugural order of 10,000 units. The kit contains an ultra-durable, flexible and lightweight solar panel, as well as a battery, connectors, lighting and chargers. It also has options for an alternative current (AC) converter and/or a cell phone interface for remote operation, enabling “prepay” and “pay-as-you-go” billing solutions. Housed in a 25-liter bucket, the Solo Bucket weighs less than 10 kilograms and can be transported easily and safely. Because it is designed for safe and easy set up by anyone, the unit can be operational in just two minutes, and can be packed up for transport in 60 seconds.