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1. What are the advantages of solar power in disaster situations?

Fuel becomes immediately scarce during disasters and keeping generator units fueled may be at times difficult or impossible. Storage and acquisition of fuel detracts from more important disaster mediation tasks.  Generators may fail mechanically and generate audible and radio noise (hash). Solar power is continuous, silent and reliable. 

2. What CTSolar products are useful in disaster and EMS situations?

CTSolar manufactures Pelican-case embedded solar power centers that are designed to survive in the rugged EMS and disaster environment. These are the most rugged units in the industry. AC and DC loads are supported. DC and AC LED lighting solutions are available that provide bright scene lighting 24/7.  Our Pelican case products charge from our aluminum-framed rugged (non-glass) folding solar panels. These tripod-mounted panels can provide from 108 to several KW of solar power on demand.

CTSolar also manufactures customized trailer disaster and EMS solutions. Our trailers have single or dual axles and can be any size from small (4 foot) to large (24 foot or larger). Ruggedized (non-glass) panel frames fold down on the trailer sides and top to provide up to 3KW of solar power. Inside the trailer are mounted DC and AC load centers, high-current charge controllers (with metering) and a 300 to 2000AH battery bank. The trailer has waterproof panel connectors and has GFCI waterproof AC outlets and DC outlets for DC loads. Custom lighting solutions are also available as part of the package. Field communication command post trailers are also an option (with radio banks and operator stations inside the trailer). Propane backup generators are also an option. Additional panel capacity can also be configured with ground-mounted tripod folding panels that stow inside the trailer when not in use.

3. Are CTSolar products useful for search and rescue operations?

Yes, CTSolar can provide lithium manpacks and lithium power packs embedded in a vest garment. Our solar panel charged lithium battery packs include battery gauges as well as low voltage battery protection circuitry. Lithium packs are less than 40% of the weight of comparable capacity packs using other battery chemistries.