CONEXPO-CON/AGG Highlights: Planetary Power

One afternoon during CONEXPO, I found myself walking around one of the many convention center parking lots. The show was over two million square feet, it was the end of the week, and I was running low on steam. While the Cessna booth was able to perk me up a bit (FieldLens jet anyone?), I was about to call it a day when I found the guys and gals at Planetary Power.

In my past experience on jobsites, the only thing that concerned anyone about a generator was whether or not it started and had enough fuel in it. Today more and more sophisticated electronics are on jobsites, and even in the early stages of a project whether or not your generator runs isn’t the only concern. As construction technology increases, it’s only natural that the technology in the generators that feeds them does the same. That’s exactly what the people behind Planetary Power have done.

I had the pleasure of speaking with one of their engineers who described their HyGen product as “a giant cell phone battery.” As it turns out, this is a pretty fitting comparison. They have completely rethought the way a generator should work – from where it gets its power, to what it actually does with it.

First, the power generation isn’t there to power your equipment. It’s there to charge the onboard batteries that power your equipment. This means the power you get is clean and safe for today’s sensitive electronics. It’s also better for the environment for a number of reasons. It’s quieter because it only needs to run when the batteries need charging, and in some cases it may not need to “run” at all. If you’re just charging batteries, you don’t have to charge them with the engine. You can charge them by whatever means you have at your disposal. Wind, solar, the new guy in a hamster wheel… whatever you have.

The innovations don’t stop there. These units are bridgeable, allowing you to build a network of generators for any power consumption need. Each unit is 61% more efficient than standard generators resulting in better power at a cheaper price. Remote monitoring is also available so you can track your performance, fuel consumption, and upcoming maintenance schedule from anywhere.

I haven’t been on too many jobsites without generators over the years so if you have the need, I recommend checking out Planetary Power.

For more information visit their website or follow @PlanetaryPwr on Twitter.