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Stressed populations in post-disaster, post-war and/or impoverished situations will likely experience a disruption in electric power. In many instances the infrastructure will be severely damaged, and alternative electrical power sources will be needed until the system can be restored. In other cases, where a population is displaced and is living in a temporary camp, electrical power will be needed for lights to provide security, heating or cooling the population, and to meet many other life support requirements that consume electrical power. Integrated, renewable and mobile energy solutions are key in providing sustainable support in development and reconstruction environments.

Many variables need to be considered in order to provide sustainable and self-sustaining power solutions for small and large scale operations in emergency environments. If there is no stable power grid, alternative solutions (derived from wind, solar, micro-hydro, hybrid, etc.) may be critical to survival or recovery. However, not every power provision suits all situations. The needs of individuals, resource availability and the integration of civil-military capabilities sharing in the scenario all play a role in determining the most fitting integrated approach to energy solutions.


STAR-TIDES is working to provide a useful database of information for inexpensive, sustainable energy technologies and infrastructures that can be supplied to emergency situations and development scenarios with minimal transportation costs.

Other helpful collections of power and alternative energy solutions include:

  • The United Nations International Sustainable Energy Organization (UNISEO) at UNISEO provides a comprehensive collection of various alternative energy solutions, as well as pertinent information on policy, legal and other issues relating to energy.
  • The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organization that works to promote the adoption of renewable energy. Created in 2009, IRENA consists of 137 member states and seeks to provide policy advice and aid in capacity building and the transfer of technology.
  • The International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE) seeks to reduce poverty and help protect the environment by promoting sustainable and renewable energy solutions. The INFORSE website provides various resources, including a world-wide database of participating organizations, web-based information on EU policy and energy and climate resources for school programs.
  • The Sphere Project is a good resource that offers common standards used by the international community, when providing support to disaster victims, refugees, and other displaced populations. Energy production is considered a non-food-item (NFI) according to the Sphere standards. Most of the guidance provided focuses on sustaining and collecting fuel, as it relates to cooking only. The standards appear to be lacking more detailed information on the use and sustainable nature of energy. However, TIDES highly recommends that those involved in such operations become familiar with the Sphere Standards available at the above link.


The following is a list of other resources that provide helpful information on energy related issues within the emergency and disaster relief arena.

The World Electric Guide
The following link provides information on national electric grids and plugs.
A United Nations Development Programme compendium (.pdf) of power supply items and other equipment suitable for emergency relief operations:
Key features and what to look for in portable generators:
Global policy information on renewable energy:
United Nations Military Civil Defense Assets (MCDA)
Includes a “power service module,” which provides information on services that “generate electricity for power supply to equipment and camp installations in support of humanitarian relief operations”
USAID Field Operations Guide for Disaster Assessment and Response
A good source of information on needs assessments:
Electrochemical energy as a power source:
>A micro-hydro power source information repository:


Each link will lead you to a new page that lists power solutions under these broad categories. (Note: TIDES does not endorse any specific products or stores, nor are we responsible for the content on the links.)

Equipment Providers

  • Solar
  • Microhydro
  • Wind
  • Electrochemical and Generators
  • Consulting Services

Planning factors common to all power solutions are:

  • Costs – initial set-up investment of unit, transportation and upkeep costs.
  • Output wattage (kW)
  • Frequency in hertz (Hz)
  • Voltage
  • Designated plug types available (A through M, based on the World Electric Guide)
  • Size of equipment – weight and dimensions of packaging and of fully deployed unit.
  • Upkeep requirements –attrition of parts? Are any materials reusable?
  • Number of operators required
  • Operator training/difficulty of upkeep
  • Maintenance (man hours/day)
  • Environmental considerations – i.e. minimum hours of sunlight exposure?


List of solar powered equipment providers:

Global Solar Energy, Inc.
Carmanah Technologies Corporation
Stirling Energy Systems
International Automated Systems, Inc.
Tessera Solar
Silicon Solar Inc.
SUNRNR of Virginia, Inc.
Sustainable Energy Services Afghanistan
Power Up Co.
Shift Power Solutions
Coyle Industries
WorldWater and Solar Technologies INC
Next Wave Solutions, LLC


List of micro-hydro powered equipment providers:

HydroCoil Power, Inc.
International Automated Systems, Inc.
Vortex Hydro Energy
Energy Systems & Design, Ltd.
Bourne Energy
Hydro Green Energy
Run of the River Power
Ing Arveid Nesheim


List of wind powered equipment providers:

Parafold Towers
Humdinger Wind Energy, LLC
Silicon Solar Inc.
Windspire by Mariah Power
Helix Wind
Green Wavelength
Sustainable Energy Services Afghanistan
Power Up Co.
Shift Power Solutions


List of electrochemical powered equipment and generator providers:

ABSL Power Solutions
Titan Energy Worldwide, Inc.
Fuel Cells UK
SUNRNR of Virginia, Inc.
Sustainable Energy Services Afghanistan
Honda Power Equipment


List of providers of consulting services:

3TIER, Inc.
Sustainable Energy Services Afghanistan
Fuel Cells UK
Energy for Opportunity
Energy Planet - Renewable Energy Directory
Solar Aid

Solar Stick - The Scout Pak -

The Scout Pak is described as a well-engineered & cost-effective portable power station, designed specifically to support multiple rechargeable appliances such as laptop computers, lighting, tactical gear, radios, cell phones, and more.The Scout Pak consists of one Power Pak 30 & two Solar Panels. It is designed for multiple purposes such as Emergency Power, Recreational, Research and Energy sectors, Military, First Responders, and more.Moreover, the SCOUT Pak uses a Lead-Acid AGM battery system that is D.O.T.


Solar Stik - Solar Stik Terra -

Solar Stick Terra is a portable power generator product that Solar Stick supplies.

For information, a solar panel’s ability to generate power is affected by three factors. These include direct sunlight, good air circulation around the panels, and MPPT charge controls.
A Solar Stik™ has the advantage to directly address all three of these factors by design, allowing the solar panels to operate at their maximum capacity.
Moreover, the system is designed for long duration deployments and can assume extended exposure to harsh elements with ease.


Global Solar Energy, Inc. - 30W solar charger -

Global Solar Energy, inc. furnishes a variety of products such as Solar Chargers .
Solar chargers provide power for retail and military purposes. They have the benefit to be powerful,portable,easily stored ,easily transported and lightweight; powering a broad range of devices and batteries from smartphones to car batteries.
The "30 W solar charger" product has the capacity to charge professional electronic devices, laptop computers, vehicle batteries and much more.
Here are some specifications of the product :
- The shipping weight is 33 Oz.


UnatSolar - 25 W, 12 V

" UnatSolar " essentially focuses on Power and communication. It works in the areas of Defense, Governments, aids Agencies, media & press, mining and oil industry with 24/7 customer support for all Satcom clients. " UnatSolar " manufactures and distributes different power solutions globally. It has the particularity to provide products and solutions that are low cost, easy to bring with, easy to set up, and use. For instance, the foldable solar panel for civilians and military battery chargers is one product they do provide.


Oxis Energy- Lithium Sulfer Battery Technology

The key components

A Lithium Metal anode
A Sulfur-based cathode
An inherently safe electrolyte protecting the lithium metal

The key strengths

Inherently safe
Full discharge
Cycle life
Maintenance free

Advanced technology.
OXIS Lithium Sulfur cells are the next generation of battery technology, surpassing Lithium-ion which is reaching the limit of its potential.

Battery systems using metallic Lithium are known to offer the highest specific energy.


Deployed Logix (Off Grid Power) -DLX MODE Kit

MODE: Mobile Operations Deployable Energy

Our ASAP Shelter Kit page has more information on each component of this kit, which is included in its entirety in the ASAP Basic Kit

Battery Power, Solar Endurance:
Our kits include everything you will need to provide short-term emergency battery power, as well as sustained solar power for longer stays. We also include LazerBrite tactical lights for instant lighting, and chainable ultra-efficient LED lights.


Deployed Logix (Off Grid Power)- Guide 10X

Guide 10X is our special edition of Goal Zero's Guide 10+. Our custom-designed kits comes with:
1.A bright and bendable Goal Zero Luna USB light.
2.Three-function charging cable (microUSB, newer and older iOS devices).
3.Battery pouch for AA and AAA batteries.
4.4 extra AA and 4 AAA heavy-duty rechargeable batteries.

That's over $100 in additional accessories, and really turns the Guide 10 into a versatile and powerful little package, perfect for hunters, campers, or preppers.