The Cygnus Hybrid Power Generator (HPG) connects to standard diesel generators to cut their fuel consumption by up to 30%, it is claimed.
Made by a UK company called Firefly Solar, it uses technology similar to that used in hybrid cars.
The Cygnus HPG manages base loads using power from its batteries before automatically switching to diesel as power requirements increase, Firefly says.
Designed and manufactured in the UK, the 12-24 kVA Cygnus HPG is compatible with all diesel generators and can be used to provide primary, standalone, stand by or emergency power.
Running at low load, a typical 100 kVA will consume up to 10 litres of diesel per hour, Firefly says. But when integrated with a Cygnus HPG, which uses a built-in intelligent load management system, the generator is automatically switched off and no diesel is required. This can save as much as 40,000 litres of fuel each year, paying back costs within 23 weeks, it claims.
Firefly Solar founder & CEO Andy Mead said: “Traditional diesel generators have long been the natural choice for temporary and remote power, but as with the introduction of hybrid fuel systems in cars, our technology will deliver improved efficiency, fuel savings and a reduced carbon footprint. With this new product we have dramatically increased battery storage, which means longer run times without the need to use a diesel generator. What’s more the Cygnus HPG will integrate seamlessly with renewable power sources such as solar – providing a fully stand-alone power solution. So, whether you’re shooting a film, running a festival, on a building site or working remotely in disaster relief, it’s now easy to reduce your dependence on diesel and move towards a more sustainable source of power.”
The Cygnus HPG comes with a two year standard warranty and is available for purchase, long term lease or hire from Firefly Solar direct, or via Speedy Hire.