Solar Alliance Energy has launched a new solar charging station for robotic lawnmowers, the Powershed.
Powershed is a new product that allows you to cut the cord and place a robotic mower anywhere the sun shines. Solar Alliance developed the design in cooperation with a researcher from the University of Tennessee and a provisional patent application has been filed with the U.S. Patent office, which provides intellectual property protection pending a full patent application.
The first Powershed unit has been installed at the University of Tennessee and is currently operating.
“As an innovative provider of solar energy solutions, we are excited to launch Powershed and provide a convenient charging solution for the fast-growing robotic lawnmower industry. We have submitted a provisional patent application with the long-term goal of licensing the technology to regional or national landscaping distributors. The robotic lawnmower industry is growing rapidly as customers look for alternatives to gas powered lawnmowers. This is a simple, elegant technology that will provide further long-term value to Solar Alliance shareholders.”Solar Alliance CEO Myke Clark.
Powershed is designed to meet demand through a scalable production model and will initially be offered through commercial distribution partners and direct sales. The possibility of sub-licensing the product to robotic lawnmower manufacturers exists and will be pursued as demand increases. In order to scale quickly and capitalize on this opportunity, Solar Alliance is assessing potential manufacturing partners to help support the marketing of Powershed across North America, the company said.
The Powershed charging station is ideal for university campuses, corporate campuses, public parks, athletic fields and golf courses. Robotic lawnmowers can provide several benefits for customers including reducing noise pollution, eliminating emissions and reduce labor costs associated with mowing.
Powershed utilizes a solar photovoltaic module as a component of the structure. Incorporating solar ensures Powershed is untethered from a grid tied power source and is an added benefit for consumers who seek to reduce fossil fuel emissions by transitioning from gas powered mowers to electric robotic lawnmowers.
Powershed further allows for the siting and use of robotic lawnmowers in more remote locations, adding convenience for consumers who would otherwise have to lay surface cords or install underground conductors and outdoor electrical receptacles throughout their property.