The U.S. Army needed a shade structure that could cover existing tent systems to reduce solar loading (cooling load) while also providing power.
PowerFilm assembled a team of partners with expertise in tensile structural design and tent manufacturing to go with our solar knowledge. We also gathered and tested materials for long-term durability and developed the overall system requirements. The solution includes the tensile structure with our lightweight extremely durable solar panels, a wiring harness to collect the power, and a battery/electronics package that stores the energy and converts it to standard AC power.
The resulting PowerShade is a new structure that provides shade and shelter as well as over 5kW of solar power. It works for anything from Command and Control centers to disaster relief shades.
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