Kaco and Ideal Power join forces


German manufacturer Kaco and U.S. Ideal Power have joined forces. Sealed in the deal are Kaco’s new rights to resell Ideal Power’s products under the Kaco name. This agreement ultimately gives the German company access into the North and Central American markets where they initially intend to sell the systems. The bi-directional power conversion systems will see sales in battery storage and micro-grid markets in these regions under the Kaco logo. Ideal Power products are developed and manufactured in the U.S. at the moment.

"This alliance represents an important expansion of our business, starting with a global power conversion partner, to increase our market presence," said Dan Brdar, CEO of Ideal Power, adding "The inevitable convergence of solar and storage is drawing leading companies in the solar market to develop storage based solutions.”

Patented PPSA

Kaco also has the rights to use Ideal Power’s patented Power Packet Switching Architecture (PPSA) to design and market their own differentiated products and integrated energy storage system solutions. The PPSA technology allows electrical isolation while eliminating the need for a transformer. In other words this makes the products smaller and lighter, and in turn more cost-effective.

The patented PPSA is considered a new approach to electronic power converters and has a 100% indirect power transfer compared to direct power transfer from conventional power converters. The energy runs through, and is temporarily stored in, a high-frequency AC link consisting of an inductor and capacitor. Since the input and output are never directly connected together, this current modulation technique provides circuit isolation without the size, weight, cost, and efficiency loss of a transformer, states Ideal Power.

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