Be Green 2: Solar Stage

Solar stage

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Some concert goers last weekend may not have realized they were being treated to a first.

You see the set up wasn’t what you’d expect.

The stage was powered by the sun.

There is no official name for these containers rolled into Kapiolani Park over the weekend. For this venue, they can be converted to stages.

“So we had to re-enforce the walls and the sides with basically what’s called tube steel. It’s like two-inch by six-inch by 20-feet and seam-weld entire sections up and down and across the openings,” said Chris Thometz, Container Storage.

The possibilities for this mobile stage are endless.

“It’s a combination of the mobility of the unit with the container and then the idea of powering it with solar energy only. So that this becomes a stage you could take out to Sandy Beach, where there’s no power at all,” Thometz says.

There was plenty of sun last weekend to power the container slash stage. And when the sky is overcast?

“It’s got about four kilowatts in the solar panel on the top. That will run a house for a day, basically. But what if there’s no sun when you get to the venue? Well, the batteries will hold up to about four days worth of charge,” Thometz says.

Chris and I got to thinking – that would have lasted through Woodstock. On a more serious note, this container-power unit served a vital purpose during the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

“Their prototype models were actually driven into the affected areas. Now nobody could charge their cell phones, their batteries and the emergency equipment.

And they brought this in, hooked it up and it was a godsend,” Thometz said.

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