Canberra-based ECLIPS Engineering has developed the Container Roll-Out Solar System (CROSS), a rapidly deployable and relocatable photovoltaic (PV) system designed to reduce the dependence on diesel generators during military or humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations.
CROSS is based on the company’s patented Container Roll-Out Warehousing System (CROWS), an interconnectable, all-steel cargo-carrying platform and field warehousing system that can be rolled in and out of standard ISO shipping containers or transported on flatbed trucks or MAFI trailers.
Production-ready examples of the Container Roll-Out Solar System seen with the solar panel arrays in the raised position. These are designed to be quickly raised or lowered without specialised tools for ease of operation in austere environments. (ECLIPS)
Available in 20 ft or 40 ft models (CROSS20 and CROSS40), the CROSS is a PV system that is pre-assembled and pre-wired to DC isolators and delivered to the desired location, and designed to be easily integrated to most containerised energy storage systems (ESS) – comprising batteries, control interfaces, power converters, and auxiliary equipment – to provide renewable off-grid power to forward-deployed forces operating in austere environments as well as first responders in a HADR intervention.