Phase II of the project will took place in El Salvador, as we test different systems/configurations to provide the most energy efficient system possible. In conjunction with US Southern Command’s Science and Technology Advisor, and the SCJ7 staff, the FIU’s Applied Research Center tested the redesigned, more energy efficient water purification system a second time in Honduras as part of the Crisis Management III exercise, where the system was deployed to produce power for the water purification system, as well as computer systems and a portable satellite communication system. During the power outage at the event, the system continued to produce more than enough electrical energy to power all the communications, computer and water purification systems without a break in service. Using the built in battery system, the unit can continue to provide power for operations 24-hours per day.
In a subsequent test, the system was deployed to a humanitarian/disaster relief operational exercise, FA-HUM 2008 in El Salvador and provided water and communications at a remote, field location. The system sustained operations without any problems due to the inherent flexibility of the thin-film photo-voltaic systems. These systems have been deployed under field conditions and multiple setups/tear downs without significant wear.