Missouri Patent of the Month – December 2021

Portable generators are commonly used in remote locations and off-grid set ups. Unfortunately, they take up quite a bit of storage space which is often limited and valuable already. They also introduce additional and unwanted weight, making it strenuous to set up and turn on and may place strain on the transport vehicle. HIPPO Power, LLC is very aware of these limitations, and has developed their very own Multipower units to overcome them. Recently, they have expanded on this development to include better methods to mount these supplemental, portable alternators to vehicles while reducing the above limitations.

In this design, the additional alternator within an engine can be easily mounted while reducing both the time and effort needed to modify other components within that engine. Their design incorporates offset brackets and extended shafts to support the additional alternator which can then supplement the electrical power supplied by the primary alternator.

The offset brackets can be mounted to the existing holes or fasteners used for the primary alternator, therefore requiring minimal modification or change to the vehicle. When the additional alternator needs to be mounted, a pulley system can be used to align it with the vehicle’s crankshaft. This system can then drive the additional alternator. If needed, both the primary and additional alternator can be used at once and driven by the crankshaft. This would just require the use of a common belt to synchronize them. 

HIPPO Power has been producing expert mobile multipower solutions since 1972. They began by operating as a truck equipment upfitter, gained notoriety in their specialized aerial bucket trucks, and began revolutionizing the industry from that point on. They designed, developed, and built the industry’s first multipower unit which delivered hydraulic, air, and electric power from a single unit. Their innovations serve to enhance and improve the industry, creating a greater ease of use and efficiency overall.

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