Staubli Electrical Connectors (formerly Multi-Contact), a provider of electrical connectors for photovoltaic solutions, and Swiss start-up Power-Blox have entered into a strategic partnership to jointly offer a scalable energy storage solution.
The partners say that with the new technology called “Swarm Power” developed by Power-Blox and its intelligent energy cubes, an off-grid energy supply can be produced without any technical know-how or configuration. Power-Blox is a modular solar energy system, which offers alternating current up to the megawatt range based on swarm technology. This concept also allows for a completely mobile supply and functions as a portable outlet, the partners add.
“The product and solution portfolio of Power-Blox fits very well into the strategic development of our ‘alternative energies’ business. 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,” says Franco Delvecchio, CEO of Staubli Electrical Connectors.
According to the partners, Swarm Power imitates complex systems by their nature to create fully autonomous and intelligent power grids. The “plug and play” solution consists of stand-alone energy cubes with an integrated battery, which can be expanded as desired, thus enabling a scalable power supply. 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.
Alessandro Medici, CEO of Power-Blox, says, “Through the experience of Staubli Electrical Connectors, as well as through its global engineering and sales network, we gain valuable resources for further development and market cultivation.”