Aurora is the acronym for Autonomous and Self-deploying Mobile Unit for Renewable Energy Generation and, also, the technological advance that will take clean energies to where it is most difficult to connect to the grid, such as isolated places, to illuminate in moments as dark as a catastrophe natural or humanitarian in which, on many occasions, the lack of electricity makes rescue tasks difficult.
These are the main uses, not the only ones, with which this pioneering device has been conceived which, in its first prototype, incorporates almost a hundred photovoltaic panels (96) and an 18-meter robotic arm that deploys the panels and that It acts as a mast for a wind turbine with which, in less than five hours to complete its installation, you can start generating solar and wind energy. The installed energy power is situated at 32 kWp.
All of the above is organized in a standard size 40 foot container that can therefore be transported anywhere in the world in conventional freight transport systems. With minimal labor requirements for installation and commissioning, this mobile renewable energy unit is remotely monitored, allowing its operation to be controlled from anywhere.
With these advantages and others, such as the fact that Aurora has the sole waste of water vapor, this unit becomes an alternative to replace the generator sets that are usually used today and that, not only pollute and are expensive, but that are sometimes not very operational for the supply to aid camps in humanitarian crises, field hospitals or other similar facilities.
Aurora, an acronym also chosen by the Roman goddess of dawn, is equipped with gel batteries to store energy and to ensure that there are no power outages. If desired, the unit can also be reinforced with a second container, in this case 20 feet, which would consist of a cell for the generation and storage of hydrogen through an electrolyzer that also generates oxygen.
This pioneering project is promoted by the University of Huelva and by a consortium of companies formed by the Spanish companies Sacyr, Ariema Enexia and Kemtecnia, which cooperate to manufacture this unit financed through the Feder-Interconecta program. As a result of these works, this prototype has already been created, which has an installed power of just over 32 kWp of fully renewable energy. The objective, they point out from the consortium, is to continue advancing to commercialize renewable energy generation units with greater power, which could incorporate 120 panels and five or more wind turbines.