The pop-up solar generator SunZilla is a renewable energy source that is portable and modular. It’s a plug-and-play system that is easy to set up and doesn’t need any experts to be built from scratch. Its modularity makes it possible to adapt the system to your energy needs, especially when they change over time. We provide you all the necessary information to build and assemble a SunZilla system on your own. For the moment, there are still components in the system that are not open source, and these have to be bought off the shelf. We are working on to find open source solutions for these different parts. You are very welcome to help us. We want to empower people by providing modular and open source micro energy solutions. We all know that renewable energy sources make people more independent, but we are also convinced that they are key to decentralized and truly democratic energy production and consumption. We believe that energy grids can be built from the bottom up, step by step.
SunZilla 3.0 is easy to set up and decommission.
Here's a photo of our team at POC21 with our previous prototype, SunZilla 2.0 (not documented here):
SunZilla 3.0's design is published under the CERN Open Hardware License
SunZilla 3.0 Technical details:
Examples of what you can do with it:
When complete, the system consists of:
We used Euro norm boxes as containers for the different parts. They're easy to transport, come in a range of standardized sizes, and can be stacked on top of each other. Here we use the 1/4 and 1/8 box. For future prototypes we will design the housing boxes by ourselves, keeping the main dimensions of the Euro norm boxes.