A research team from the University of Maryland has partnered with Redox Power Systems to develop PowerSERG 2-80, more commonly referred to as “The Cube.” The company has made many claims how The Cube provides uninterrupted power that is safe and energy efficient, both on and off the grid. The company even says all of this can be achieved at costs similar to what you’re paying now for electricity, and eventually it could be much cheaper to provide energy savings to anyone that owns one of the systems.
The system is predictably shaped like a box and is often compared in size to a dishwasher. It looks almost like a futuristic silver and green outdoor air conditioning unit, but will do more than cool a home. The Cube has been developed over more than two decades of research and development under the direction of Eric Wachsman of the UMERC, or University of Maryland Energy Research Center.
Wachsman has worked for nearly 25 years to overcome the high costs and temperatures that have plagued the development of such a device. It appears that he now has, and the system is nearly ready for commercial use. Currently slated to provide energy for homes and businesses, the developers of The Cube plan to eventually use it in automobiles, as well.
As can be expected, there are many questions that have come up in relation to The Cube, and all of the benefits it claims, such as:
How Can The Cube Change the Way We Get Our Energy?
The plan is for people to actually generate their own energy, both in homes and businesses, in order to become less reliant on the electrical power grids that we currently use. Doing so would relieve stress on the power grid, which is good for the environment because we would end up wasting less energy through the network of transmission lines that crisscross the country. The company claims that The Cube will provide inexpensive energy, for both power and heat, which is actually more efficient than our current power systems.
The Cube would also make backup power generators obsolete because it will be practically indestructible – standing up to all sorts of weather-related issues likes thunderstorms and hurricanes and is expected to even resist cyber attacks.
How Does the Redox Cube Work?
According to Redox, The Cube operates with solide oxide fuel cells and will get its power through natural gas, initially. But, there are plans for other fuel options to be worked into later generations of The Cube, like gasoline, diesel, biomass or JP-8(jet fuel).
The Cube creates an electrochemical reaction that produces electricity for power in a way that is efficient and cost effective – eventually as cheap as 1/8 of what we now pay. As of the latest report, the system operates at approximately 80% efficiency.
It operates at very high temperatures, originally 650 degrees Celsius, but Wachsman has worked to lower that number, aiming to get into the 300 degrees Celsius range. He has also searched for less expensive materials to reduce the costs involved with manufacturing such a system. Those two factors have been the major obstacles The Cube has faced to this point.
When Will the Redox Cube Be Available?
According to reports, The Cube will be available soon, though no specific release date has been confirmed to this point. Initial versions have been designed to operate at 25 kilowatts, which is about the amount of electricity needed to power a small building, such as a gas station. The company has a factory located in Melbourne, Florida where The Cube will be manufactured for mass production.
How Do You Get a Redox Cube?
There is also no official word on how one will go about purchasing The Cube, but it is estimated to cost about $54,000 to purchase and install. The goal is to significantly reduce that price with more efficient materials and mass production.
There is still a lot that we don’t know about The Cube. However, the technology looks promising and with energy efficiency a major topic of conversation, and home and business owners always looking to save money, we will certainly hear more about this futuristic energy generating cube.
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