Sesame Solar, Inc. Powers their Mobile Disaster Relief Units with Clean Energy

Michigan-based startup Sesame Solar has been making news the past few months as they announced the release of their mobile disaster relief units and their nanogrids. These nanogrids allow the company to leverage solar power and green hydrogen as a source of reliable and renewable energy. Their disaster relief units take advantage of this capability, ensuring relief comes from clean energy.

The relief units can be used for mobile communications and command centers, medical units, kitchens, and even temporary housing. They can be ready for use within 15 minutes of arrival. 

Until now, other mobile disaster relief units have been powered by diesel fuel which contributes to climate change. Sesame’s solar paneled units overcome this limitation. They also inspire the company’s name. The folded solar panels unfold, opening up to collect energy from the sun – a reference to “open sesame”.

Beyond solar power, the unit is designed with two backup power sources. Between batteries and geen hydrogen there is no limitation in clean energy sources. The company has even worked to achieve wind turbines, though this option is limited by conditions.

“The whole concept is that no fossil fuels are required to be able to have days or weeks of energy autonomy after an extreme weather disaster, like a hurricane or tornado or wildfire, or an event of grid outage in California…or a cyber-attack, or anytime the grid is just down,” said Sesame co-founder and CEO Lauren Flanagan.

Are you developing new technology for an existing application? Did you know your development work could be eligible for the R&D Tax Credit and you can receive up to 14% back on your expenses? Even if your development isn’t successful your work may still qualify for R&D credits (i.e. you don’t need to have a patent to qualify). To find out more, please contact a Swanson Reed R&D Specialist today or check out our free online eligibility test.

Who We Are:

Swanson Reed is one of the U.S.’ largest Specialist R&D tax advisory firms. We manage all facets of the R&D tax credit program, from claim preparation and audit compliance to claim disputes.

Swanson Reed regularly hosts free webinars and provides free IRS CE and CPE credits for CPAs. For more information please visit us at or contact your usual Swanson Reed representative.

Recent Posts