e_QBO is a project with a pure and essential shape of a high aesthetic and functional impact thought by the architect Romolo Stanco to answer to exigencies coming from all the contemporary cities with a look to the future. e-QBO is a able to accumulate energy thanks to its photovoltaic “skin” and to give it back in the form of services for domestic and public users: power source of every interior service asking for electricity, urban lighting, audio and video interactive communication, data capture and return, wi-fi connection and free energy for recharging of electronic tools and electric vehicles.


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Is a concept conceived and designed by Romolo Stanco with the scientific supervision of RSE -- Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico. e-QBO is a functional and metaphorical installation, an off-grid urban island, autonomous and connected at the same time.

An example of how new functional and formal elemento will be able to change the cities in the coming future.

A photovoltaic accumulator designed in a pure form, able to create a dialogue with the historical buildings of the city.

A contemporary out of scale architecture, thrown, as a die, in the middle of the city centre.

A luminous design object that uses LED light to re-design an historical plaza.

An object able to give back the energy accumulated from renewable sources and stored in brand new batteries (60kWh).

A lighting hub, a charging hub for electrical and electronic devices.

A recharge hub for electric urban veichles

A free wi-fi hotspot 24h/24.


e-QBO was the project selected to represent Italy at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi 2014. Is a patent by BIANCA ADVANCED INNOVATIONS and is available for commercial uses or special projects.


e-QBO is conceived as a flexible and modular project adaptable to various functions, such as temporary shops, small dining areas or bars, information points, or spaces for exhibitions or temporary events. By correctly sizing the energy requirements, e-QBO can store and utilize solar energy, converting it into electricity to be completely self-sufficient and independent from any fixed networks. It is an architecture with a pure form that interacts harmoniously with the historical architectures of the city. Essentially, it acts as an energy reservoir, storing energy during the day and returning it to the city in various forms: charging stations for electric vehicles, charging points for electronic devices, public lighting, a bar or refreshment point, an information kiosk, a temporary shop, or a hospitality environment with integrated functionalities.

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Since the first e-QBO prototype was built last year, T°RED has installed others in various locations like Piazza San Fedele in Milan and an archaeological site in Sicily. The design got a lot of attention at last month's World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, and the Italian city of Piacenza has ordered an e-QBO to potentially use as an information hub for its Expo 2015. T°RED is currently in talks with a tourist resort in Lebanon to develop an even larger version of e-QBO, with internal space of up to 200 square meters.


The company RSE, part of the GSE group (along with T.Red), unveiled e-QBO, an innovative all-Italian project, at the World Energy Summit Forum, the premier international showcase for renewable energy held in Abu Dhabi. In the Italy Pavilion at the Forum, the revolutionary new structure was showcased: with its sleek, simple design and architecture reminiscent of a futuristic city, the modular cube plays a crucial role in storing energy and delivering it as services for both internal and public use. The project's creator, Romolo Stanco, explained that e-QBO can "provide continuous energy" and also serve as "a piece of urban furniture with a futuristic and contemporary style."

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An entire collection of off-grid street furniture elements, not linked to the main electricity grid and therefore capable of producing energy and powering various functions such as public lighting, charging of electrical devices, Wi-Fi,


From the seat to the vase, from the bollard to the bicycle rack, they all produce and return energy from renewable sources, therefore suitable for every type of application and always perfectly sustainable, with a modular and elegant design, which can be "bent" to the type of public space (and the people who frequent it) in which to insert them.

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«We are certain that following the example of Boston - says Stanco - the C-Connect project can become a real and concrete presence also in the urban fabric of many Italian cities which can find a real answer in an all-Italian design, technology and patent project and immediately implementable for the intentions of projecting the wonders of our country into a "Smart" future"