Mobile Battery System Delivers up to 200kW for Movie Industry

June 26, 2019 by Scott McMahan

Portable Electric (PE) is preparing to launch what the company claims to be the world's largest mobile battery power system. The VOLTstack® 200k will provide up to 200kW of power, with a 250kW surge, from a 400kWh of battery storage on a highly mobile platform.

"This level of power represents large-scale change in the global film industry," said Mark Rabin, founder and CEO of PE. "We are building the most robust, mobile and powerful battery power station the world has ever seen. It will be strong, yet silent, and able to replace tow plants and generators while integrating seamlessly with existing VOLTstack® products in the field today."

According to PE, the VOLTstack® 200k is the next natural step in the company's line of VOLTstack® products that add efficiency and offer versatility to the film industry.

PE points out that its 2k, 5k, and 20k models have been used by some of the world's largest film productions and were sold to production companies including Warner Bros. and NBC Universal, as well as rental companies such as Cinelease and Sim International.

"The VOLTstack is one of the most positive steps forward in movie sound in recent years. Since the very first film with sound, the noise of diesel generators has created problems," said industry veteran Simon Hayes, known for his Oscar and BAFTA-winning work on "Guardians of the Galaxy", "Fantastic Beasts" and the latest "Bond 25". "The VOLTstack is silent, meaning generators can be close to set, helping you hear the actor's original performance. All this while reducing harmful emissions. The VOLTstack is a win-win."

According to PE, the VOLTstack products out-compete today's large diesel generators, and the state-of-the-art battery system will ensure that the film industry can address the growing drive towards sustainability, while simultaneously cutting costs through higher efficiency and minimal maintenance.

For the first time, the film industry will be able to utilize battery electricity for EV charging as well as for all forms of production trailers.

It will also deliver on set power for extensive lighting, cranes, and cameras.

An app will make the VOLTstack 200k a ‘smart' product, simplifying power management and making it more efficient via real-time diagnostics, GPS location tracking, and online data.

The company says that the VOLTstack® 200k will seamlessly integrate with and enhance the existing VOLTstack ecosystem of products that lighting technicians and production houses own. The 200k system will also enable fast-charging for the VOLTstack 2k, 5k, and 20k units, ensuring continued, reliable clean energy on set.