This Autonomous Battery Can Be Used Anywhere in the World

Energy is so readily used in the United States and Western Europe that we often use it without even thinking, such as cooking, showering, staying warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and even reading this article.

This Autonomous Battery Can Be Used Anywhere in the World

However, despite this widespread availability in the western world, many individuals still don't have consistent access and therefore must find alternative ways to cook food and stay warm. The World Economic Forum suggests that over 1 billion people around the world still don't have access to energy.

As a result, some governments, local movements, and international agencies have come together to create initiatives, fundraisers, and even legislation to provide greater energy access.

In addition to these efforts, green energy companies have also seen the opportunity for change by utilizing alternative energy sources. Of these examples is Solartia and IED, both Spanish-based companies that have recently developed a highly accessible and reliable solar energy battery, Arca.

Bringing Hope

Arca will incorporate key features that provide reliability, efficiency, and ease of operation. The machine will include solar panels that will capture the sun's radiation and convert it to usable energy, encapsulated electronics that will allow the device to operate in humid temperatures, and a LiFePO4 battery that will store excess energy for later use.

The battery will come in two models, Arca Lite and Arca Plus, with the former having a voltage range of 30-50V and the latter having a range of 60-100V.

Perhaps the most futuristic part of the device is the innovative technology that will allow it to speak to the user, prevent overcharging, and carry out diagnostics and maintenance. All these features can assist in the battery’s ease of use.

Furthermore, the manufacturers state that the Arca can easily withstand temperatures ranging from 5°F to 150°F and can be installed anywhere, such as in hospitals, schools, homes, and of course, in isolated communities. This adaptability can significantly broaden the range of accessibility to individuals worldwide.

The CEO of IED, Iñigo Ayerra, states that "Arca is not only a generator with storage, but also an information system, as it is designed to communicate with the end-user and monitor human behavior, aspects that seem key to us in these non-interconnected areas."

The company has begun distributing its product, with Columbia being the first country to undergo the real-life test. "For both companies, Colombia is the ideal country for ARCA to take full advantage of its capabilities, as it is an environment where non-interconnected areas are located in a complex orography." "We are convinced that it will provide a boost in terms of improving access to energy for these people, who will undoubtedly see an improvement in their quality of life. In addition, we believe that ARCA will contribute to reducing poverty, preserving the environment, and even promoting gender equality”.

One Step at a Time

Solartia was founded in 1999 and aims to bring accessible, efficient, and reliable energy throughout the globe. Since its founding, the company has brought green energy to Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

IED was founded in the early 1990s and specializes in designing and manufacturing electronic equipment.

Both companies have seen great success in their respective fields and have come together to help bring energy to lower-socio economic areas throughout the globe. Their partnership on this project can help provide crucial access to individuals and allow them to utilize an energy source with a minimal footprint. Ultimately, this can better the local economy's social wellbeing and lessen environmental impacts.

Their launch to Columbia was announced as of October 2021, meaning that their device has had a few months to gain real-world testing. Thus far, little more has been heard about its current operations, which most likely means it is doing as it should, providing energy to rural communities. With time and adequate funding, their device could potentially see even more widespread implementation and help to close the gap of energy poverty for good.

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