The Green Trade Project Office (GTPO), Taiwan’s leader in the promotion and integration of green products and services, is proud to announce “Skynergy!" Skynergy is a self-developed, stand-alone photovoltaic power container that will be demonstrated at Liberty State Park in New Jersey (just across the river from NYC.) This special demonstration showcases how ever-improving solar energy technologies, smart energy management and storage systems, cloud computing, and eco-friendly products are making zero-energy consumption possible.
Skynergy is an installation that has been created from a standard shipping container that will actually serve as a bicycle station, which will be run by the US bicycle rental and tour company Bike And Roll. On July 12, 2016, UAP successfully presented the handover ceremony, held jointly with the GTPO; Bike And Roll; the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office in New York; New Jersey Board of Public Utility, project partners UL and Asolar; and major manufacturing partners from Taiwan.
As a self-contained, self-sustaining power station, Skynergy is well-suited to support disaster relief and humanitarian efforts, as well as various residential, retail, or recreational purposes, in places where power is unavailable. In addition, since it is housed in a standard shipping container, Skynergy is easy to transport via land, air, or sea.
Skynergy runs on high-power photovoltaic panels. For the NJ project, it features a photovoltaic module on the rooftop area of the container. These panels feed the station’s grid with electricity, with any excess electricity then stored in the onboard batteries, which are compact chambers of lithium-ion battery packs.
The station has also installed a hydrogen fuel cell to provide reliable backup power, in case of blackouts. Under normal conditions, the hydrogen fuel cell self-refuels, when a supply is maintained through the solar-power source. In total, this fuel cell can provide more than 8 hours of back-up power while operating at its maximum output.
Additionally, with the help of a smart-energy-management system, cloud-monitoring technologies have been implemented to help ease the burden on administrators who must face the challenge of overseeing the central control of the equipment. This helps to create a fast and more efficient workflow between devices, which boosts productivity and saves energy.
In addition to consuming zero-energy from the grid, the station also features several innovative green products of note, such as an insulation coating; an energy-saving film for windows; solar bricks; a stone-like surface coating; floor mats made of recycled tires; and luminaries made of materials from discarded computers, among many others.
For further details, you may visit Skynergy’s webpage: www.skynergy.net