Partnership offers intelligent energy storage
Stäubli Electrical Connectors (formerly Multi-Contact) and Power-Blox have signed a strategic partnership to jointly offer efficient solutions in the field of energy storage and off-the-grid systems. With over 20 years of experience in the photovoltaic industry and more than one billion installed PV connector components, Stäubli Electrical Connectors provides more than 150GW or 50% of the worldwide PV capacity.
With the new technology called ‘Swarm Power’, developed by the Swiss start-up company Power-Blox and its intelligent energy cubes, an off-the-grid energy supply can be produced without any technical know-how or configuration.
Power-Blox 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 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,” added Franco Delvecchio, CEO of Stäubli Electrical Connectors and member of the Executive Committee of the Stäubli Group about the cooperation.
‘Swarm Power’ imitates complex systems by their nature to create fully autonomous and intelligent power grids all over the world. Anyone can create an independent, decentralised power supply grid without additional technical know-how. 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 which 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 organisations, 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, co-founder of the Intersolar Award finalist and CEO of Power-Blox, is delighted: “We are thrilled that Stäubli Electrical Connectors, a world leader in the industry, acknowledges our technology. 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.”