Mark Elliott is interviewed at Solar Energy UK about the new products launched this autumn.
Mark Elliott is interviewed at Solar Energy UK about the new products launched this autumn.
Energeno launches second generation Optismart® range to bring free hot water to renewable energy generators everywhere.
Smart technology pioneer Energeno is announcing its exciting new Optismart range at Solar Energy UK 2014. These new products augment Energeno’s comprehensive ecosystem giving installers the range of energy storage, intelligent switching, control and remote monitoring solutions that they need in today’s market.
For the first time, the 50% of homes without hot water tanks can benefit from free hot water thanks to Optismart® Heat Store, created through a partnership with Sunamp, a global leader in the supply of heat storage solutions. Sunamp batteries store heat and not electricity, they can be super efficiently charged using heat pumps, where one unit of electricity in can store three or more units of heat into a heat battery.
Optiwash® helps maximise self-consumption by automatically powering any appliance with a washing/cleaning/drying cycle and offers a peace of mind feature ensuring that washing is completed by the end of the day. This product enables households to solar power their major appliances, along with the successful Optiplug® intelligent socket launched last year.
Energeno is also launching a new look Optimmersion® which adds important new features to a product which has been a huge winner for Energeno helping users boost self-consumption by automatically diverting renewable energy to their hot water tank if they have one. Optimmersion is now quicker to install thanks to auto calibration and its smartphone-like display with touch screen controls shows at a glance how much energy is being generated, diverted and exported. It can cope with a multitude of load types, resistive and non-resistive, as well as batteries of various types as well as working in a 3 phase environment.
Commenting on the launch Mark Elliott, Energeno CEO, said:
“Energeno has enjoyed considerable success by building a comprehensive ecosystem of products and services that gives installers the range of energy storage, intelligent switching, control and remote monitoring solutions that they need in today’s market. Optimmersion® has been a huge winner for Energeno as it lets users boost self-consumption by automatically diverting renewable energy to their hot water tank if they have one. However until now, the 50% of homes with on-demand hot water haven’t been able to benefit. We are delighted to have teamed up with Sunamp to bring free hot water to those homes for the first time.”
Energeno manufactures smart solutions for renewable energy users to help them boost self-consumption and realise the full benefit of their generated power - from energy storage, through to intelligent switching, and remote monitoring and control. Wattson, Optismart®, Optimmersion® and Optisave® are designed to help people save money through energy savings and ensuring the proper performance of their renewable energy systems.
Energeno is launching a second generation version of its pioneering wireless Optismart® range which lets homeowners power a range of devices using up to 100% of their green energy. These can now include Sunamp batteries which store heat and not electricity, allowing homeowners without immersion heater tanks to still benefit from instant free hot water.
Energeno and Sunamp to bring free hot water to renewable energy generators everywhere.
For the first time, the 50% of homes without hot water tanks can benefit from free hot water thanks to a partnership announced today between renewable energy technology leaders Energeno and Sunamp. By combining their proven solutions, the partners are determined to help renewable energy users boost self-consumption whatever their home heating systems.
Both companies share a passion for energy efficiency solutions and have created highly innovative products which can help people improve their energy efficiency, save money and make the most from their energy systems . All products are designed, tested and approved in the UK
Energeno manufactures smart solutions for renewable energy users to help them boost self-consumption and realise the full benefit of their generated power - from energy storage, through to intelligent switching, and remote monitoring and control. Wattson, Optismart, Optimmersion and Optisave are designed to help people save money through energy savings and ensuring the proper performance of their renewable energy systems.
Energeno is launching a second generation version of its pioneering wireless Optimmersion which allows homeowners to power a range of devices using up to 100% of their green energy. These can now include Sunamp batteries which store heat and not electricity allowing homeowners without immersion heater tanks to still benefit from instant free hot water.
Sunamp is a global leader in the supply of heat storage solutions, based just outside Edinburgh, Sunamp has worked with some of the best academics in the industry and is proud of its history in supporting students from those universities complete their studies and gain vital industry experience
Sunamp batteries store heat, and can be super efficiently charged using heat pumps, where one unit of electricity in, can store three or more units of heat into a heat battery. In combination with the Energeno Optimmersion product, homeowners will be able to get plenty of hygienic hot water, on demand. Sunamp’s Heat Batteries are compact and easy to integrate into new and existing renewable energy systems. They are very energy dense, meaning more energy is stored in a smaller space. Helping homeowners to save money, space and the environment
Commenting on the joint launch, Andrew Bissell CEO of Sunamp said:
“Sunamp has proven the effectiveness of its heat batteries in saving money for homeowners, in both the private and public sector housing markets. The Energeno products complement the heat battery perfectly and Sunamp are delighted to be working with Energeno in bringing together a proven, energy efficient solution which will bring significant energy savings to homeowners”
Mark Elliott, Energeno CEO, added:
“Energeno has enjoyed considerable success by building a comprehensive ecosystem of products and services that gives installers the range of energy storage, intelligent switching, control and remote monitoring solutions that they need in today’s market. We are delighted to have teamed up with Sunamp to bring free hot water to the 50% of homes which do not have hot water tanks for the first time.”
Source: ZNSHINE Solar, http://www.znshinesolar.eu/solar-energy-in-the-southwest-of-england-znshine-solar-pv-system-self-sufficiency-in-touching-distance/ , 15th September 2014
Andy’s PV-system and house in Weston-super-Mare
ZNSHINE SOLAR, a leading manufacturer of mono- and polycrystalline photovoltaic modules, equipped a residential rooftop installation of 4 kWp in Weston-super-Mare in the Southwest of England and did a case study showing it's efficiency. The PV system was installed on a roof of a house in the coastal town, which is located on the Bristol Channel coast in North Somerset, 18 miles south west of Bristol. The monitoring of the PV system started in 2012. The owner of the system, Andy Trewin, uses approximately 30% of the produced energy for his own needs, 70% are fed into the grid. In the UK all 100% of the energy produced provides returns in terms of FITs.
Andy has the PV system monitored by a professional monitoring system Wattson Anywhere and Wattson Solar Plus, produced by Energeno. The PV plant feeds data through Optismart Gateway to an online portal dedicated to the PV system, which is monitored in real time. Under the following link the PV plant’s energy use and PV generation can be followed live with Wattson Anywhere.
“I am delighted to have a PV installation containing modules by ZNSHINE SOLAR on my roof and to be able to generate energy for my own consumption thanks to solar energy. I am very satisfied with the outcome of the PV system and the quality of the technology. Thanks to the PV plant, I have received payments of more than £4200 in two and a half years for the electricity generated and saved over £500 on my electricity bills. With Wattson Anywhere I can see how much money I´m saving when I´m on the go.”- Andy.
Andy Trewin the satisfied customer checking the dashboard of the PV-system
Stuart Brannigan, ZNSHINE SOLAR Sales and Marketing Vice President, comments: “Although this is in fact a very small system and a tiny fraction of the modules we supply into the UK market, this serves as a demonstration of the quality and performance of our products. We are more and more active in the UK market, where we are making great inroads in penetrating both the large-scale installation segments, and through our partners the residential industry with its small-to medium PV systems. We are currently building further relationships with a selection of partners in all segments with whom we wish to reach out to the different market segments. As the PV market in the UK is moving from strength to strength in 2014, we are delighted to be able to expand our business in the country and to have a rapidly growing list of satisfied customers!”
Energeno have been at the forefront of highly-innovative, energy efficiency products for quite some time now.
Due to their technical knowledge, the quality of their products and the excellent customer service they provide, Genius Energy have chosen Energeno as their supplier of high quality immersion heating technology, which provides customers with a great way to utilise energy even more, as well as increase their green credentials and save an abundance of money in the process.
This technology is especially popular with customers because utilising it with a solar panel system can effectively provide you with enough returns to pay for the immersion system after just two and a half years. After this point, customers will see YEARS of profit thanks to the reliability of the system. Not just a money saver, but a very attractive investment.
The technology works by taking surplus power generated (from solar for example) and diverting this extra energy to heat water in your immersion tank. In fact, the immersion controller is intelligent enough to start utilising the benefits of this surplus energy with as little as 50 watts excess energy maximising hot water which is extremely important in shorter winter days.
Genius Energy are the largest installer of privately owned renewable systems in the UK (including solar panels, biomass, solar thermal and much more) with an outlook to saving money for homes and businesses, so you can be sure they only look for the best technologies for their customers.
Genius Energy’s Phil Harding (installations manager) had this to say, “We are truly excited to be working alongside Energeno. They have the best and most innovative products in the field and we look forward to a long lasting partnership”..
Energeno are one of the world's leaders in solar monitoring and intelligent switching. Mark Elliott, Energeno COO, says “Genius are a great partner for Energeno, they really value customer satisfaction as an effective sales tool. Happy customers make me happy too”
Wiltshire Council Staff Energy Behaviour Change Campaign - Use of home electricity monitors
The SEACS project is a cooperation project funded by Europe between local authorities in Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire and Cotes D’Armor and Lannion-Trégor in Britanny, France. It aimed to share best practice on energy efficiency and behaviour change.
This campaign aimed to support Wiltshire staff in being energy efficient when working from home.
The campaign ran from January 2013 to February 2014, with an introduction to the campaign being displayed during climate week March 2013 and the full case studies, findings and advice being displayed in 2014.
The Wattson monitor works out your average energy usage and displays a colour which indicates if your current use is above or below that level. This was seen as hugely beneficial by users as they were able to tell at a glance how they were performing. They also found that this was a simple way of engaging younger family members and friends; this could explain the slight elevation of Wattson users score in the “community” section of the matrix. On the whole users enjoyed the real-time display of their energy use but weren’t as keen to utilise the software and understand their energy consumption patterns.
Source: The Guardian, Live Better: Energy Challenge, 7th April 2014
Tim Dowling works from home, has a busy family life, and likes the odd shower. Heartless creatures that we are, we challenged him to cut his energy use at home in half. What did he have to resort to in order to reduce his energy use by a whopping 50%?
An energy spike when Tim was out of the house. Someone's using the oven on the sly. Photograph: /Tim Dowling
Tim Dowling: The basic idea is simple: I mean, if I am able, to cut my energy use in half, just by changing my habits. First, however, I need to know how much I am using normally.
For electricity that's easy. A week early Richard Woods from Energeno showed up with a Wattson meter, which displays the amount of juice you’re drawing off the grid in real time. The box was bigger than I imagined it would be, and looked like a minimalist MP3 player.
“It’s designed to have a bit of presence,” he said. It’s meant to sufficiently imposing, I suppose, to stop you consigning it to a dusty drawer. You need to be able to see it whenever you walk by in order for it to work on you psychologically. Ironically, I have hidden it in a drawer for the first week, on Richard’s recommendation, so that it won’t influence my normal usage.
Richard put it on the kitchen worktop, plugged it in and switched it on.
“Why does it say “Ow”?,” I asked, pointing at that on the Wattson’s LED display.
“That just means ‘zero watts’,” he said. He disappeared into the cupboard under the stairs to clip a transmitter to the wires leading into the electricity meter. The Wattson began displaying numbers in kilowatt hours, and then, with a quick tilt, in tonnes of carbon, and finally, in money.
“So if you continued to use electricity at the present rate,” said Richard, “that’s how much it would cost you in a year.”
“1500 quid?” I said.
“You wouldn’t be using this much all the time, though.” I’m not so sure. The house was echoing with the sound of two radios playing the same station, even though no one was listening to either. Above that I could hear the washing machine start a spin cycle
GoodWe completes its first UK energy storage inverter project
Chinese inverter manufacturer, GoodWe, has installed its first energy-storage inverter in the UK.
The company’s EnerStore series bidirectional energy-storage inverter has been installed in a 400-year-old barn conversion in Cambridge.
Chris Poulton, the owner of the system explained why he opted for energy storage. He said: ““I'm using my EnerStore in conjunction with my Optimmersion to heat my water, cutting my bills and using all of my home generated electricity.”
During daylight hours the home PV system generates electricity that is used to either meet the household’s load; feed into the National Grid or, to charge the battery in the inverter. Any energy stored in the battery can be released when the load demands it. In addition, the GoodWe inverter is capable of being charged from the grid via the inverter.
GoodWe’s energy storage inverter is a result of recent collaboration with London-based Energeno, designers of the Wattson Solar Plus energy monitor. GoodWe claims that the partnership has resulted in “sophisticated control” for the EnerStore system.
The company acknowledges that energy storage devices are not yet common in the UK but is predicting that the market will grow rapidly.
A GoodWe spokesperson said: “Greater use of energy storage technologies is necessary for the UK to have the best chance of meeting its targets for renewable energy generation and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.”
Wattson Solar Plus certified showcase for the London Challenge as part of CityMart call for solutions.
Citymart.com helps you find available solutions that meet the needs of cities and improve the quality of life for citizens.
To view the Certificate, click on the image below and use the below details to log in. Project ID: 718644448, Project PIN: 8326
Wattson Solar Plus shows in simple numbers and colours how much energy is being used in the home. Uniquely, it shows how much energy is being exported by the homes' Solar PV system to make best use of excess electricity generation.
Being aware of excess electricity produced by solar panels allows Wattson users to reduce their electricity costs and also use smart switches to heat water, wash or dry clothes, provide temporary heating or cooling, etc...
The solution even goes as far as pairing with other smart switches and solutions to make automating in-house consumption as easy as possible.
Optimmersion Wireless sits proudly at the heart of the Efficient Energy Centre in Hereford's showroom.
Allan and Sophie, showroom managers have installed an Optimmersion Wireless right next to the inverter as you come in to the show room. The power throttle is connected to the immersion heater of a 300 litre tank, that is also fed from a pellet boiler.
Allan is extremely happy with the Optimmersion system, saying that he has been able to turn off the pellet boiler and only expects to have to turn it on in the winter. The thermostat on the side of the boiler showed the water inside to be at 60° and the 4kW East facing PV had produced 16.5kW today.
Visitors to the showroom have been very curious and enthused about the system, already leading to pre-orders for Allan and Sophie.
Look out for our advert in this month’s issue of Renewable Energy Installer Magazine.
We are promoting all versions of Optimmersion and are directing potential buyers to Optimmersion distributors. Please inform Energeno if you would like to stock Optimmersion and feature in future adverts.
Click here to read the issue, we are on page 20.
Source: Água & Ambiente, largest Portuguese Environmental magazine
Source: Sungift Trade
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Energy monitors: Compare features & prices
Energeno Wattson Classic review
The Energeno Wattson Classic energy monitor is an attractive piece of kit. It has a clock and mood lighting to indicate energy usage. It will also track your historical data if you go online. But is this energy monitor worth the hefty price tag? Does it give accurate readings, and how easy is it to install and use to track your energy usage? We sent it to our lab to find out.
We have created a leaflet for installers of Wattson Solar Plus for Social Housing to leave-behind for tenants.
It is a straightforward document that explains how to use the Wattson display provided, as well as how tenants can reduce their bills even further. The leaflet has received the Crystal Mark approval by the plain english campaign.
We hope that both tenants and installers alike can understand it and make good use of it.
The functionality of Optimmersion has been improved for more flexible customer configuration. These improvements include a more intuitive slider switch, easier steps for setting the system and individual priority settings for each boost period as well as for normal operation (not for Simple).
The improvements also include easier visibility of the data received in Optimmersion Wireless, a simplified user manual for customers to understand the colour display and the commissioning process found in the installer manual has been broken down into steps.
It is imperative that all Optimmersion installations are conducted following the manual provided in the box as the wiring and commissioning is specific to the product supplied.
For more information, you can read more about this in our Knowledge Base.