Stäubli Electrical Connectors and Power-Blox this week signed a strategic cooperation agreement to jointly offer energy storage and off-grid solutions.
Swiss start-up Power-Blox will provide its intelligent energy cubes to support off-grid energy supply. Power-Blox is an Intersolar North America Award finalist.
According to the companies, Power-Blox offers the first modular solar energy system with alternating current up to the megawatt range based on swarm technology. This technology allows for mobile supply and functions as a portable outlet.
“The product and solution portfolio of Power-Blox fits very well into the strategic development of our ‘alternative energies’ business,” Franco Delvecchio, CEO of Stäubli Electrical Connectors, said. “Combined with our powerful and durable connector solutions for photovoltaic plants, these innovative systems and the swarm technology open up totally new fields of application in the growing market of energy storage systems.”
The companies said that swarm power imitates complex systems by their nature to create fully autonomous and intelligent power grids all over the world. The plug-and-play solution consists of standalone energy cubes with an integrated battery, which can be expanded as desired. Each cube can supply electricity that is independent of the grid and is supplied by external sources, such as solar systems or wind energy. Typical applications include the supply of mobile or temporary installations for aid organizations, rural electrification in remote areas, military installations or as a reserve battery for bridging in power in the event of power outages in unstable public networks.
“We are thrilled that Stäubli Electrical Connectors, a world leader in the industry, acknowledges our technology,” Alessandro Medici, co-founder and CEO of Power-Blox, said. “Through the experience of Stäubli Electrical Connectors, as well as through its global engineering and sales network, we gain valuable resources for further development and market cultivation.”
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