Disaster relief efforts, music festivals and even military operations could soon be powered by solar, thanks to an Australian innovation.

A rapidly redeployable container roll out solar system (CROSS) developed by Canberra-based ECLIPS Engineeringhas received close to $300,000 from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to design, manufacture and test its product.

CROSS is a factory assembled, relocatable solar array that has been specifically developed to reduce logistical challenges associated with deploying solar PV generators. It can fit inside a standard shipping container and stacked up to seven units high.

The total project totals $700,000 and promises to open up new markets for renewables in the defence, disaster recovery, humanitarian, construction and temporary network augmentation space.

“CROSS units can be deployed in off-grid and fringe-of-grid areas, displace or offset diesel consumption and improve the security of existing networks,” ARENA chief executive Ivor Frischknecht said. 

“These renewable options can reduce some of the barriers to entry for potential renewable power users in remote locations, including short project durations and where power systems need to be periodically relocated.”