Compact power plant for electronic faucets
Sustainable, economical and innovative – the new GROHE Powerbox
A combination of ecology and economy at the highest level – this is the new GROHE Powerbox, the latest addition to GROHE’s range of green and sustainable products. Three electronic faucets can now generate the energy for their infrared control internally. Thanks to the innovative energy storage technology used by the GROHE Powerbox, they work independently of mains electricity. At the same time, touch-free control affords maximum hygiene during use, making this the ideal solution for public sanitary facilities, which are highly frequented or subject to frequent power failures.
The GROHE Powerbox not only guarantees continuous functionality but also sets new standards in terms of sustainability, resource protection and cost reduction. The technology uses the water flow to drive a turbine inside the box installed below the washbasin. It converts the energy of the flowing water into electric energy and stores it for the operation of the infrared electronics. A mere 60 seconds of generator operation deliver enough energy to power the faucet’s electronics for 24 hours. Thanks to state-of-the-art technology, the total storage volume amounts to up to 100 hours.
As water is delivered (5.7 l/min) only as actually required, the faucet consumes very little energy and there is no waste of the precious resource. Thanks to the new faucet technology, operators can choose from among seven possible pre-settings to match the functions of the faucet precisely to their needs. This includes automatic flushing every 24 or 72 hours to prevent the stagnant water. The thermal disinfection mode, in which hot water flows through the faucet, affords additional protection against germs. In normal operation, the water flow can be programmed such that it either stops after a given time or flows until the user leaves the sensor’s reach. To clean the faucet and the washbasin, cleaning staff can manually disable the infrared electronics in order to prevent water from running unnecessarily while detergents are left to take effect.
Great economy and independence characterise the GROHE Powerbox also when it comes to service and maintenance. It operates maintenance-free for ten years, thus reducing the effort caused, for instance, by the regular exchange of batteries. At the same time, it cuts the usual maintenance costs. Installing the GROHE Powerbox is a straightforward job, with flexible hose connections for the water supply and a cable for connection to the solenoid valve and the mixer ensuring quick and easy installation. No connection to mains electricity is required.
Planners and architects opting for the GROHE Powerbox are by no means confined to a single faucet model. The box is suitable for combination with three different electronic faucets from GROHE, thereby allowing for a wide range of different washroom designs. Whether it is the faucets with integrated temperature mixing from the Europlus E and Eurosmart Cosmopolitan E series or the Euroeco Cosmopolitan E for cold and pre-mixed water – modern looks are guaranteed. If required, Euroeco Cosmopolitan E can additionally be combined with a Grohtherm Micro thermostat to ensure a constant water temperature.
The GROHE Powerbox complements the GROHE range for modern, environmentally conscious project planning and offers an innovative technology for all green buildings equipped for maximum sustainability. The new GROHE Powerbox – energy saving made easy.
About GROHE Group
GROHE Group comprises Grohe AG, Hemer, Joyou AG, Hamburg and other subsidiaries in foreign markets. GROHE Group is the world’s leading provider of sanitary fittings.
As a global brand for sanitary products and systems, GROHE relies on its brand values quality, technology, design and responsibility in order to be able to offer “Pure Freude an Wasser”.
The GROHE Group employs some 9,000 people on average worldwide (including around 3,400 at Joyou). There are about 2,300 employees working at GROHE in Germany. In 2012, the GROHE Group generated consolidated sales of €1,405 million.
The GROHE Group has nine production plants, of which six are located outside Germany, namely in Portugal, Thailand, Canada and China (Joyou). The company currently generates 85 percent of its sales outside Germany.
In January 2014, the GROHE Group has been taken over by the LIXIL Group and the Development Bank of Japan. The LIXIL Group is a global leader in the building materials and housing equipment industries. GROHE and JOYOU remain independent within the LIXIL Group.