Funded by Innovate UK, StorFlow has developed an easily deployable 5kW/5kWh battery backpack that can be carried to remote locations to support people affected by natural disasters. The EESU can supply power to refrigerators, fans, lights, water heaters and can be used to charge mobile phones and radios that are critical to maintain communications during disasters. The EESU can be charged by solar panels, grid or by using a generator. The system was designed in response to a long term need identified by aid organisations working in disaster relief.
During a flood event, affected communities are displaced to camps where they do not have electricity because the local grid is disconnected. Critical resources are refrigeration for medicine, hot water, lights and communications to ensure the necessary medical or supply requirements are known. Diesel generators can be difficult to transport and there are safety risks associated with carbon monoxide accumulations.
When not used as an EESU, this system will be used as an energy storage system in a solar powered computer training lab to teach essential computer and English language skills to plantation workers, especially women and children who are unfortunately being used by large plantation companies as modern day slaves.
Poor conditions in a flood relief camp
Transporting rations during a flood event