The smartblox story

The idea for Solar Blox came about when engineer Tim Larsen spent time in Nepal installing solar systems for remote developing communities. The systems he was installing were basic but still incredibly complex in the knowledge required to install and configure and the amount of components needed.

Years later when he witnessed first-hand the huge amount of money and resource that was spent managing and shipping diesel fuel around to remote sites. These experiences culminated in the idea for a product that could take the complexity and ability of a roof solar panel system and distil it into a single portable product that could be transported easily, setup without any technical knowledge and that could scale multiple units together to increase power output as needed.

The idea was Solar Blox - a product that was simple, deployable and scalable.


Solar Blox won the Global Business Challenge, taking out multiple first place prizes for the concept and business plan.


Tim Larsen teamed up with the co-founders of the Australian Telstra Business Award winning Red Robot to design the physical product and help build a scalable business.

The company was also awarded the Innovation Connect Grant from the ACT Government as well finalist places in the US based Rice Business Plan Competition and MIT Clean Energy Prize.

Prototypes have been built and the product is well on its way to production runs within 12 months. A pilot program is also in the pipeline with energy provider ActewAGL and potentially another US energy provider.

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