Portable Solar Powered Structures

Working closely with Elsa Johnson of IINA Solutions, Mark Snyder invented, patented and manufactured the EMPUS, or Enertopia Multi-Purpose Utility Structure. This standalone solar powered structure can be easily trailered to a location. The structures provide basic necessities : electricity, water and sanitation, in a temperature-controlled system powered by the sun alone. These structures can be used on a temporary or long-term basis, and can be designed to support commercial, NGO  or military operations in the field, or for permanent settlements.

mobile solar powered multipurpose utility structure

Mark Snyder’s EMPUS

 

It provides a super-insulated (R-42), temperature controlled shelter, a 2kW solar PV tracking system, 16   350-amp hour batteries, a 500 gallon water tank, hot and cold running water, a sink, shower, a composting toilet, solar powered cooling and ventilation, even a communications link. The unit itself absorbs heat in the daytime, and releases it at night as it cools down.

Heating (or cooling) is sent into the home through two insulated ducts from the EMPUS. One unique aspect of the design is the 500-gallon water tank that absorbs the warmth during the day, and then releases the heat at night when it cools off. The EMPUS also includes a rain water catchment.

 

 

EMPUS is sited at location

The EMPUS can be easily by transported by trailer. It can be sited permanently, or temporarily.

installing solar array for structure

Workers install a tracking solar array for the multi-purposestructure (EMPUS) in background, right. The EMPUS will provide electricity, heating and cooling, water and a bathroom for the traditional Navajo home in background, left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The EMPUS can stand alone, or be connected to existing structures.

The EMPUS can stand alone, or be connected to existing structures.

The EMPUS next to this traditional home provides electricity, solar powered heating, cooling and ventilation, as well as water and a bathroom and shower.

The EMPUS next to this traditional home provides electricity, solar powered heating, cooling and ventilation,
as well as water and a bathroom and shower.