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Frequently Asked Questions about the PortaDyne

1 - Can I use the PortaDyne for lights at my cottage ?

2 - What's so special about the PortaDyne ?

3 - How is the PortaDyne powered ?

4 - Why does the Portadyne have batteries ?

5 - It's cold here ( or hot here )  - will the batteries survive ?

6 - Can I use the PortaDyne as a remote power source ?

7 - Is the PortaDyne on wheels ?

8 - Does the PortaDyne need an operator ?

9 - Is this proven Technology ?

 

1 - Can I use the PortaDyne for lights at my cottage ?

 
Of course you can, but please realize that the PortaDyne is a commercial/industrial product, manufactured to the highest standards and intended for heavy-duty use.  Since the PortaDyne is built in and around a standard shipping container, it is 40 feet long, 8 wide and 8 high - it might not fit the space or budget for the cottage. 

2 - What's so special about the PortaDyne ?

 
In simplest terms, the PortaDyne is a remote power source that doesn't require fuel.  Because it is engineered to last at least 20 years, and since its technology is the same as Hybridyne Power Systems used for much larger 'Behind the Meter' systems and Energy Parks, it will provide large amounts of power for a very long time with little cost and little maintenance.

More importantly, as compared to traditional Diesel Gensets , the operating costs of the PortaDyne are MUCH LOWER.  A Diesel genset ( over the minimum 20-year lifetime of the PortaDyne ) will use fuel costing ( even at today's rates ) 5-10 times the total cost of the PortaDyne.  Add in the cost of transporting the fuel and maintaining/replacing the Diesel regularly, and the PortaDyne is EXTREMELY COST EFFECTIVE.  Check here for more analysis.

 

3 - How is PortaDyne powered ?
 

PortaDyne is powered by sunshine and/or wind ( depending on the location and options chosen ).  It uses NO fuel, needs no generators.


4 - Why does the Portyadyne have batteries ?

 

One of the perceived limitations of Renewable Energy sources is their 'variability' - simply put the sun isn't always shining and the wind isn't always blowing.  Fortunately, in general, when it's cloudy, it is often windy, and when it is calm, it is often sunny.  That is why many PortaDynes are Hybrid ( both wind- and solar-powered ).

However, there are times ( like a calm night ) when there is no wind or sunshine available.  Again, fortunately, much of the load powered by a PortaDyne is similarly variable - for example, lights at night or irrigation water consumption during the day.

To even out the power availability, PortaDyne generates electricity whenever it is available ( most of the time as it turns out ), saves the excess in batteries, and makes the power available to the load as needed.  Thus, the lights can be on at night even though the sun if gone.

 

5 - It's cold here ( or hot here ) - will the batteries survive ?

 
Yes they will.  Because the batteries are almost always in either a charge or discharge cycle they generate their own heat, and that protects them from freezing.  PortaDyne also has its own environmental control to keep the interior temperature at the correct range for the electronics and the batteries. 

6 - Can I use the PortaDyne as a remote power source ?

 
Absolutely - that is its purpose.

PortaDyne is specifically designed to produce remote power in ranges from 5kw and larger.

Because it is designed as a completely self-contained unit, it can be trucked or flown into remote or difficult-to-reach locations, set on the ground, have its panels and turbines erected, and provide power for years.

 

7 - Is the PortaDyne on wheels ?
 
Sort of .  The standard PortaDyne enclosure is a standard shipping container.  These remarkable 'boxes' are extremely strong, waterproof, and immune to most environmental conditions - they have to be because they are normally transported on the open deck of a seagoing-ship.

The container itself does not have wheels, but virtually every port in the world uses specially designed trailers to move containers around, so while the PortaDyne is being delivered it has wheels, but once it is installed, the trailer goes back to the port, and Portadyne becomes a small utility building.

 

8 - Does the PortaDyne need an operator ?
 

No.  Once PortaDyne is set up, it will operate autonomously for years.  Periodic maintenance is required ( to clean the panels, to clean the air filters for the environmental controls, to check mechanical devices like pumps and water filters).  

 

9 - Is this proven Technology ?
 
Absolutely !  PortaDyne is exactly the same technology as used in Hybridyne Power Systems well-established and successful " Behind the Meter " systems.

It should be noted that with the exception of the “form Factor” of the presentation of the Porta-dyne technology ( the CIT and RE equipment’s location on and inside a shipping container ) PortaDyne contains Hybridyne’s core technology which allows it to be robust and efficient through it’s :

  • Wind Conversion & Solar inversion technology ( Hybridyne’s Proporietary CIT) which is uniquely efficient in collection and processing of energy

  • Use of battery technology ( the way it treats the batteries to maximize usability and lifespan )

This technology has been running successfully, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, for a combined 128,341 hours from Jan/Feb 2005 up to this writing in August 2010.