Power-Blox 200 is a new innovative energy storage system that can instantly provide electricity in developing countries for off-grid environments. The modular system uses the patented swarm technology, that allows building a highly fail-safe grid within seconds without any engineering.
The standalone energy cubes house high-end batteries and can be stacked and plugged together to automatically configure a private mini-grid. With a decentralised architecture and no central control, additional units can easily be added as power requirements increase. It can provide an impressive 230 V AC output from up to 200 kilowatt range.
The Power-Blox 200 system is self-learning and self-configuring, and regulates power production, storage and distribution within the grid, autonomously by artificial intelligence. It is infinitely scalable, requiring no configuration, engineering or maintenance, and different energy sources such as solar power or wind energy can be easily combined.
One Power-Blox 200 cube is designed to run a small fridge, a television, some LED lights, a mobile phone charger and a laptop computer in order to meet the requirements of emerging markets.
Although designed for off-grid situations, the system can also be used as backup power to bridge power cuts where public grids are unreliable. Applications include the power supply of mobile or temporary installations for rural infrastructure projects, disaster relief organisations, electrification of refugee camps and the use in forward operating bases (FOB) in defence installations.
Stäubli acquired a stake in the award-winning Power-Blox start-up in 2017, and the two companies have signed a strategic cooperation agreement.
“Combined with our market-leading photovoltaic connector systems, Power-Blox with its swarm technology will open up completely new applications for energy storage systems,” said Boris Horn, Business Development Manager Alternative Energies of Stäubli Electrical Connectors.
Build a swarm grid by simply stacking Power-Blox units - more units increase the stability and power of the grid.