There is electricity in this pavilion
NO MATTER WHETHER THE CUBOX IS EQUIPPED WITH A BAR OR A DATA CENTER - THE INTEGRATED SOLAR PANELS PRODUCE SUFFICIENT ENERGY FOR ANY REQUIREMENTS. THE ENERGY SELF-SUFFICIENT PAVILION IS THE CORE OF THE PRODUCT PORTFOLIO OF THE AUSTRIAN COMPANY HBT ENERGY.
What does the electrically charged absorption of photons and (for example) silicon have to do with the tasty mix of Cola, lime juice and rum? For technicians and bartenders, the compound is probably obvious, for everyone else, here is a hint: In both, the sun plays a major role. This symbiosis is at the beginning of energy production from solar energy and the cocktail is served at almost every beach worldwide under the name "Cuba Libre".
"So why not use solar energy for cooling Cola Co. and thereby forgo external power sources?" thought Heinz Bartelmuss five years ago and developed, together with his team the CUBOX. Meanwhile, the company HBT Energy has made a name for itself worldwide with this self-powered pavilion.
The typical electrical installation of the CUBOX comprises a solar system on the roof and all four outer walls, an inverter for converting between direct and alternating current, four batteries for intermediate storage of power, an external 230 V connection with fusing and a 230 V socket as well as a display which provides information on the charge state as well as power generation and consumption. The entire electronics package is installed in a space-saving cabinet.
The photovoltaic system produces, depending on the type of CUBOX, 3.3 to 8 kW of green electricity. Some CUBOX models however have already been realized for customers with more than 8 KWp. Due to the standard combination option of several CUBOX basic models, even higher capacities are possible. The battery storage has retrievable power of 7 KWh and thus provides enough energy to power the refrigerator of an outdoor bar, the LED lighting, the beverage dispensing system, the water supply unit including water heater, a microwave and two mobile phone charging stations even in bad weather or overnight for up to ten hours. For comparison: An average four-person household needs about 3,500 KWh energy in a year. The installation of a CUBOX could therefore meet this need easily. Its powerful performance also allows a variety of uses: from outdoor booth or bar, the mobile gaming station to training data centre – as is the case, for example, at the training grounds of the German traditional club BVB Dortmund. Today, more than 30 CUBOX units have already been installed worldwide.
STURDY CONSTRUCTION MADE IN AUSTRIA
HBT currently employs two project technicians and 20 skilled workers who are entrusted with the CUBOX product. All components of the aluminium-steel construction are primarily produced in Austria and are particularly weather-resistant. The rainwater is diverted at the columns into the ground and because of the solid base plate, the CUBOX can be securely placed on almost any surface.
And speaking of the weather: For areas where the sun is not strong enough to operate the CUBOX, the pavilion is additionally equipped with an external 230-volt connection. So that even there the bartenders can supply their guests with "Cuba Libre". In this sense: "Skál" (Icelandic for Cheers).