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Take Electricity With You: Portable Solar Generators

Portable solar generators, which create power using complex processes and utilizing the sun as a driving force, are popular for use on sites located away from traditional electric grids. Among other uses for portable solar generators are camping, fishing, and hunting as well as use on building sites situated far away from any industrial area or new developments that have not been set up with electricity yet. These people also like to make use of various other solar technology, including solar ovens, solar chargers, and solar camping lanterns.

The rise to popularity in solar power, which in turn led to the rise of popularity in solar powered generators, began a very long time ago in the 1860s when the early development of solar technologies was driven by an expectation that coal would soon become scarce. However, development of solar technologies stagnated in the early 20th century in the face of the increasing availability, economy, and utility of coal and petroleum. The continued development stopped and started over the next 100 years, experiencing its next big surge in 1973 with the oil crisis. Development was once again, however, put on hold in the 80s when oil prices stabilized. Since 2006 it has been economical for investors to install photovoltaics for free in return for a long-term power purchase agreement. 50% of commercial systems were installed in this manner in 2007. A long journey like that was what led to the current availability of portable solar power generators.

Due to the sun setting, solar energy is not available at night, making energy storage an important issue in order to provide the continuous availability of energy. Both wind power and solar power are not guaranteed, meaning that all available electricity must be gathered up when it is available and either stored or sold and transported to another place where it can and will be used. Many people make use of diesel backup generators to ensure a constant supply of electricity. Salts are an effective storage medium because they are low-cost, have a high specific heat capacity and can deliver heat at temperatures compatible with conventional power systems, have the potential to eliminate the intermittent of solar power, by storing spare solar power in the form of heat; and using this heat overnight or during periods that solar power is not available to produce electricity.

Solar installations have in the last ten years or so begun to become more popular in residential areas with governments encouraging the process and offering incentive programs to increase the level of green energy used. With people’s increased knowledge of and access to solar power, portable solar generators became more popular for a variety of applications and electricity is now – in theory available anywhere anytime as long as the sun is shining and you have a generator, a portable solar panel, and portable solar chargers.

Solar energy generators provide a reliable return on investment, with modules typically lasting 25 to 40 years and with a payback on investment of between 8 to 12 years. Financial incentives supporting the installation of solar power generation are aimed at increasing demand for solar photovoltaics such that they can become competitive with conventional methods of energy production. Portable solar generators make camping and traveling a real joy and can even be used to power small household appliances.