August 22, 2013

German Distributor featured in PV Mag online

Our German distributor Symström now has a web-shop and is selling Wattson Solar Plus as part of their product offering. 

Symström: Display leuchtet grün bei Überschuss

Source: PV Magazine DE, 20th August 2013

Das Leipziger Start-up Symström bietet in seinem Onlineshop ein neues Design-Display, das Wattson Solar Plus an. Es visualisiert sowohl die Stromerzeugung als auch den Verbrauch des Haushalts. Es leuchtet grün, wenn die Erzeugung den Verbrauch übersteigt und noch weitere Verbraucher zugeschaltet werden können. Im entgegengesetzten Fall schimmert es rot. Das Gerät arbeitet unabhängig von Wechselrichter und Stromzählern. Es werden stattdessen Stromzangen um die Stromphasen geklemmt, die die Energie messen. Ein Sender funkt die Daten dann an das Display. Auch die Leistung von Blockheizkraftwerk oder Windanlage könne damit erfasst werden, so Symström. Per USB-Kabel lassen sich die gesammelten Daten auch auf einen Computer überspielen.

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July 05, 2013

Energeno in top 10 on Global PV market

Source: GTM Research, July 2013

Interesting market analysis for Wattson within the energy monitoring market. Looking at the 2012 site count figures, Energeno is equal number 10 worldwide amongst all the main international players, and equal number 4 worldwide excluding inverter manufacturers and other captive suppliers.

FIGURE: Global PV Monitoring Market, 2012


GTM Research and SoliChamba Consulting are partnering to release the 2013 edition of the solar industry’s only comprehensive analysis on global PV monitoring markets, technologies and vendors. This report, to be published in June 2013, includes technology and economic analysis, insight into the market’s competitive landscape with market size and market share, as well as demand projections to 2017 by market segment and by country and over 60 company profiles.

Solar PV market segments covered:

  • Residential (0 – 20kW)
  • Small Commercial (20kW – 100kW)
  • Large Commercial (100kW – 1MW)
  • Utility-scale (1MW+)

World regions and countries covered:

  • Europe: Germany, Italy, UK, Rest of Europe
  • Americas: USA, Canada, Latin America
  • Asia-Pacific: Australia, China, India, Japan, Rest of Asia
  • Rest of the World

Source: Global PV Monitoring: Technologies, Markets and Leading  Players, 2013-2017

The report profiles 66 global vendors, including independent monitoring providers, solar inverter manufacturers, downstream and integrated solar firms, as well as industrial automation and building management firms.

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June 25, 2013

Successful open day for Pegase Energy

Pégase Energy, Energeno's exclusive distributors in France have had a successful open day with DERD (Docks Électriques Rhône Durance) France's 11 agencies. Pégase hosted an open day to introduce the DERD sales teams to the Wattson and Optismart ranges of products, which they are now stocking.

Pégase Energy, les distributeurs exclusifs d'Energeno en France ont eu une formation très positive avec DERD France (Docks Électriques Rhône Durance). Nos distrubteurs ont organisé une journée portes ouvertes pour éduquer et former tous les commerciaux des 11 agences DERD sur les produits Energeno qui sont désormais réferencés et commercialisés chez DERD: gammes Wattson et Optismart.


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June 19, 2013

Wattson Classic Review - Ireland

Source: Ireland's Technology Blog, by ITB Gadget Girl, posted June 13, 2013.


 As a homeowner myself I am always looking for ways to cut down on over use of electricity within the home and to save money by doing this.  Sometimes the small things like the timer on a microwave that you thought would not amount to much may actually be costing you a lot….in my case up to €50 per year.

One way to overcome this is to purchase an energy monitor such as the Wattson Classic by Energeno.  The Classic consists of a receiver unit and a monitor unit.  The monitor unit is connected to the box outside your home and sends your usage data wirelessly to the receiver unit which you can place anywhere in your home.


I would recommend anyone who cares about the environment and their own pocket to invest in the Wattson Classic


Read the entire review on Ireland's Technology Blog.


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June 12, 2013

Wattson part of Sustainia100 2013

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Wattson energy monitor selected as leading sustainable solution

The 9th June saw the launch of a new sustainability guide, Sustainia100, that identifies the most innovative sustainable solutions around the world.

Energeno's Wattson energy monitor is selected as part of Sustainia100 for its positive social, economic and environmental impact on local communities. From Canada to Kenya, Guatemala to the Philippines, Sustainia100 presents the 100 most innovative and impactful solutions out of 500+ nominated projects and technologies. Overall, Sustainia100 maps sustainable solutions successfully deployed in 128 countries.

"It’s important that everyone makes a change in their behaviour to save the planet, by making Wattson and Holmes simple we know that families change the way they use electricity"

Sustainia100 is a tool for investors, business leaders, decision makers and consumers as it provides insights to the most promising solutions at the forefront of sustainable transformation. Erik Rasmussen, Founder of Sustainia: ”Congratulations to the selected 100 solutions. They are true action heroes of sustainability. In each their field, these solutions have proved that sustainable alternatives are not only available, but also attractive, competitive and successful. Each and every solution give us hope for a faster transformation to a sustainable future.”


View & download Sustainia100 2013 Solutions Guide - Energeno's page


Award to the Best Solution

As a selected Sustainia100 solution, Wattson energy monitor also enters the field of nominees for international sustainability award, Sustainia Award, chaired by former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mr. Schwarzenegger heads the selection jury that also includes former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard and Chair of the UN climate panel, IPCC, Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri. Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action: "It is really encouraging to see that new, innovative solutions continue to emerge in all parts of the world. Here is all the proof we need that sustainable solutions work, that they are profitable, desirable and successful. I look forward to awarding the best one at this year's Sustainia Award Ceremony.” The winner of Sustainia Award is announced at a ceremony in Copenhagen, November 7th, 2013. The EU Commissioner will furthermore reward the best European solution.

New Solutions and Trends in Sustainability

Research and data behind Sustainia100 reflect new market trends and developments. Increasingly, sustainable innovation acknowledges the importance of consumer behavior by giving users access to data that drive them to change their energy and fuel consumption. More and more, sustainable solutions are using big data analytics to lower waste. Selected solutions also include; waterless dyeing of fashion garments; intelligent streetlights and a virtual power plant.

Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact: “It is very encouraging to see that Sustainia100 solutions show that the geography of sustainability innovation is global. Sustainia is demonstrating that a transformation towards a greener and more inclusive world is possible everywhere." Sustainia100 identifies solutions within 10 sectors: Education, Energy, Health, Smart Cities, Resources, Buildings, Food, Fashion, Transportation and Information Technology.



SUSTAINIA100 is an annual guide to 100 innovative sustainable solutions from around the
world. The guide identifies readily available projects, initiatives or technologies at the
forefront of sustainable innovation. This year, our research team and advisory board vetted
over 1,000 solutions, shortlisting the top 500, from which the final 100 solutions are
selected. The SUSTAINIA100 gives investors, business leaders, policy makers and
consumers insights into promising solutions within their respective fields. These vetted
projects and technologies span from Western innovation hubs to emerging economies.


The international institute SUSTAINIA is behind the annual SUSTAINIA100 guide. With a
focus on identifying and advocating readily available, financially viable, and ultimately
scalable innovations, SUSTAINIA’s mission is to mature markets for sustainable products
and services. SUSTAINIA brings together an international alliance of partners – including
companies, NGOs, foundations and thought leaders - that work together across sectors to
accelerate sustainable transformation of industries and lifestyles. Former Governor of
California Arnold Schwarzenegger serves as Honorary Chair of SUSTAINIA.


SUSTAINIA100 covers innovative solutions over our uniquely defined 10 sectors:
Education, Energy, Health, Smart Cities, Resources, Buildings, Food, Fashion, Transportation
and Information Technology. 


SUSTAINIA AWARD is given to one of the selected 100 solutions in SUSTAINIA100.
Honorary Chair of SUSTAINIA, Arnold Schwarzenegger heads the selection committee that
also includes former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, EU Commissioner of Climate
Action Connie Hedegaard and Chair of the UN climate panel, IPCC, Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri.
The committee honors the annual winner of this international sustainability award at a
ceremony in Copenhagen, November 7th, 2013.


The SUSTAINIA100 solutions are selected based on the three dimensions of sustainability;
environmental, social, and economic. SUSTAINIA has adopted a systematic approach to
collecting solutions in concert with a global sustainability network. This approach runs year
round with a final call for solutions deadline on April 9th, 2013. Through our online
platform, innovators from around the globe can submit their solutions or tip us on solutions
they find interesting. The submissions are supplemented by extensive research carried out
internally to ensure quality as well as geographic and sector diversity. Finally, in
consultation with an independent advisory board, the solutions are carefully vetted and
selected using the five evaluation criteria: Readily available, positive environmental impact,
financially viable, improve quality of life and scalability.

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May 22, 2013

Product review – Wattson Energy meter

Source: Solar Business Services, 21-05-2013

More often than not, when I research and post stories the consequences are unexpected and new stories emerge.

A few weeks ago I wrote a story about how disappointed I was with the energy monitoring offer from my utility and lo and behold; my phone started ringing with news from other product suppliers.

Some of them I knew about, others I didn’t so that’s awesome. Pretty quickly, samples started to arrive in the mail too and I’m now in the rather bizarre position of having to monitor my monitoring systems with no less than 6 different products hooked up.

A sign of the times perhaps is that my 5 year old after grilling me relentlessly about “what all that stuff was for” sat quietly thinking for a while and then said “but dad, all that stuff must be using a lot of power right?” . So we then proceeded to switch loads on and off all around the house (to his enormous pleasure), until we could monitor the monitoring loads, compare it to other loads. It took a full hour before he looked satisfied, shrugged his shoulders and walked off nonplussed, ending his relentless interrogation and freeing him up to get back to important tasks like breaking stuff and losing my tools.

The fact that my 5 year old got this whole concept is a great segway to the first of the products – The Wattson. Its simple, designed for unskilled installation and although not as accurate as some other devices. it performs its function well.

SolarJuice are the Australian Distributor for the Wattson range and the unit they sent me retails for around $200; pretty good value. I also see  from their brochures and web sites that a bunch of new features and options are coming soon that will take it to a whole new level.


The first tip is if you are going to fit the system to a house with a PV systems then get the extra Y cable kit. The rest was simple and only required CT’s to be clamped around the right cables to get it up and running. In my case with recently refurbished and well marked switchboards this was easy; older places will find it harder.

Once the cables were all in, hold down the transmitter button, pair to the display and things started working. I did read the manual which is ok (although mildly confusing in places) and it warned that unusually high readings were a sign you needed to flip one of the CT’s 180 degree’s – which I had to do. Then, by bringing loads back on I was able to determine that it was working accurately.


The Wattson display has a motion activated sensor which changes its display mode as you tilt it up and down. Personally I found this annoying and would prefer a switch or two. The display also features an opaque white plastic face with bright read LED numbers underneath. I love the size and the brightness but I still find it hard to read; undoubtedly my long sightedness doesn’t help, but having the LEDs behind the plastic seem’s to blur the definition a bit for me, but that’s a personal thing.

In their attempts to keep costs down, you need to log on and download some software to make some changes to the default settings but this was pretty simple and worked well first time. I must admit to sitting there gawping in amazement and zooming in and out on various graphs. Its basic but cool. Straight away I recognised a spike in demand too – a signal that my electric bike charger was switching on.

The Wattson stored data for 30 days and you need to plug in to download it so its has minimal use as a long term logger, but thats ok; its a low cost display not  a logger.

The real world

My beloved is a very tough but fair critic and the best gauge of practical worthiness of anything or anyone. Although her initial reaction was “not another ^&^* gadget, what on earth do we need that for?” she recently admitted to a friend that she likes “being able to see how much power is being used” (although she made me hide it in a corner because it doesn’t look right).


The boys – upon discovering that it did things and had buttons – have shaken it, dropped it, tilted it and pressed its buttons in a durability test that IKEA would be proud of. It still works.


I have noticed a difference between the inverter output and the Wattson PV output, but its pretty minor – a few watts. I also noticed that it had stopped working after a week or so and realised the original batteries in the transmitter had failed after around 2 weeks. The manual does warn of the consumption issue and the batteries could be old so I’ll reserve judgement.

I love how simple it is to install, it’s decent quality and accuracy for the price and you can geek it up with the online data tools if you want to.


If you want a  low cost, decent gadget to help you understand your consumption and generation, I reckon the Wattson is well worth a look.

If you are a solar installer, keep your eyes open for their new options which extend the functionality even further.

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