Nearly Unlimited Off-Grid Energy Scalability, Without Installation

July 13, 2017 by Paul Shepard

Nearly Unlimited Off-Grid Energy Scalability, Without InstallationChoosing an off-grid power solution is like predicting the future. It’s hard. You need to predict the amount of energy that the system will require if you add appliances, increase production, add infrastructure, or simply turn on a hair dryer.

Currently, off-grid power solutions require a level of custom installation and integration that force the customer to predict their energy usage for the next 5-10 years. The problem with this is that increasing the amount of energy means costly, professional installation and configuration to ensure that all of the power sources are operating in-phase, inverters are configured, and a host of other technical factors that the everyday person has no idea how to handle.

What’s more, custom installations and configurations can create setups that are so complicated that any failure or misconfiguration of even the smallest element causes the entire system to break.

Swiss startup, Power-Blox, has set out to solve this problem with the new Power-Blox 200 Series - the first completely modular and scalable off-grid energy solution that requires no professional installation, maintenance, or configuration.

Each Power-Blox 200 cube provides 200 Watts of alternating current and can provide enough power for lighting, one refrigerator, a television and mobile phone / laptop charging. The cubes can be powered by any external source, including an optionally included solar panel, a wind turbine, biomass, or a diesel generator, thanks to incorporated and pre-configured inverters.

To increase the amount of power storage in the system, anyone can simply add additional Power-Blox without any additional maintenance or configuration. Proprietary electronics and pre-configured inverters enable a truly scalable ‘plug and power’ architecture that can be used in almost every off-grid application, including: Family /Remote Homes, Health Care, Small Businesses, Food and Agriculture, Remote Infrastructure, Education, Wildlife and Preservation, Disaster Relief, Tourism, Events and Family Homes, and Campers / Camping.

The technology is self-configuring and self-learning. In case of any failure or breakdown of the grid, the units automatically disconnect and run as autonomous off-grid power supplies.

Ultimately, Power-Blox has developed their product to revolutionize off-grid energy storage by providing a robust, dynamic, and fully scalable off-grid energy solution that can adapt to almost any scenario without the need for professional installation, maintenance, or configuration.

When two or more Power-Blox are combined, a proprietary technology called Swarm Power causes the individual modules to use machine learning technology to optimize performance and balance power distribution across the entire system.

Within a Swarm Power system, the power generation, storage and distribution are done with a fully decentralized architecture to manage fluctuating current, as opposed to a smart grid which needs a centralized architecture. The energy in the swarm is stored in nodes and every component of the grid learns how to adapt to the current state of the grid by observing the grid parameters and adapting its behavior with the use of artificial intelligence