Eurosatory 2016

Solar flower power [ES2016D5]

17 June 2016

In a fusion of solar and aerospace technologies, Smartflower Energy (Hall 5, Stand J338) developed Remules (renewable mobile ultra-light energy system), which is designed to provide sustainable energy solutions for military and humanitarian operations.

Based on the Austrian company’s range of products for the civilian market, Remules is manufactured entirely of carbonfibre materials. It is robust, yet lightweight enough to be set up by one person in less than 10 minutes.

According to Remules director Berndt Wesiak, it is the most efficient solar energy system available, producing up to 40 per cent more energy than fix-mounted systems. Its nominal power output is 2kWp (kilowattpeak) with the energy yield due to tracking equivalent to 2.7kWp.

It features an integrated GPS tracking mechanism to enable the solar modules, fanned out to form a flower-like disc, to follow the sun in two axes for optimised power output. The aerospace-quality composite material modules, using stealth solar technology to limit their radar signature, contain monocrystalline cells exceeding 22 per cent in efficiency.

Remules was developed by Smartflower in collaboration with partners in the Austrian and German aerospace industries, and supported by several entities, including the Red Cross and the Austrian Ministry of National Defence and Sport.

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