Over the years DropBox Inc. has been found in a number of local newspapers including the Ashland Independent, the Columbus Dispatch, and the Huntington Herald. Just recently on July 3rd, 2011 DropBox Inc. made news again in the Ironton Tribune pertaining to its' partnership with Parker-Hannifan and the new Energy Modules DropBox is manufacturing.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
Think Ironton doesn’t have a global business presence? Think again.
DropBox, Inc., is now partnering with SSD Drives, a division of the multi-billion dollar international corporation Parker Hannifin, to design and produce power conditioning systems (PCSs) and energy modules (EMs). DropBox is owned by Ironton natives, Robert and David Slagel.
Energy modules contain huge lithium-ion battery arrays capable of storing large amounts of energy; power conditioning systems contain SSD Drives’ gear, which connects to a power grid and tells the energy modules when to store power and when to release power.
“If we can establish these units at grids, they’ll help reduce power surges, and we won’t have blackouts,” DropBox general manager Matthew Vonderheide said. “Our coal plants will be able to load power slowly and not ramp up fast by using stored power from these units. And obviously this will promote renewable energy sources, as it can quite easily be made to store wind or solar energy. (It’s) like storing sunshine in a can.”
The article in its entirity can be found online at the Ironton Tribune website. For more information on these Containerized Energy Modules feel free to contact us and check back as our shipping container modification blog is regularly updated.
Over the past few weeks DropBox Inc. has been in the process of engineering and manufacturing a number of 20' and 40' containerized switchgear units. Switchgears are basically a combination of electrical disconnects, fuses and/or circuit breakers that are implemented to isolate electrical equipment. They are typically used to "power down" equipment to allow for repairs to be made and to clear abnormal flows of electricity from a power grid.
The units that DropBox Inc. is currently building are going to be used to transfer electricity from a power grid system, store it in a battery box (a separate container modification for power storage), and to transfer it back to the grid when needed. Typically the demand for or usage of electricity on a given power grid fluctuates depending on a number of factors including the time of day, the size of the population using the power, and the standard of living for those on the grid, to name a few. The switchgear units DropBox Inc. is building will be used in combination with containerized battery boxes to store energy during low usage hours and to send that energy back out onto the grid during times of higher demand for power.
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