Energeno is pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at Solar Energy UK this year, on stand F46.
After the success of last year’s show, we will be presenting our complete product set, including the popular Wattson Solar Plus range and the growing Optismart range. We will be demonstrating Optiplug, Wattson Solar Plus and Optimmersion individually but we also have a new sales tool to show you how they all work together.
With a number of Energeno distributors present at the show, you’ll have no trouble finding one to suit your product requirements.
We look forward to seeing you in 3 weeks!
Source: Renewable Energy Installer Magazine, September 2013 Issue, page 39.
The Energeno sales team on the stand at Solar Power UK 2012 is chosen to illustrate article related to this year's show. See page 39 of magazine to read article.
Source: FederalNewsradio.com, published on 19th August 2013 by Amira Choueiki (Deloitte)
We all know ‘being green' can be a challenge. Whether it's remembering to take your reusable grocery bags to the store, waiting to pass by a recycle bin to toss your soda can, or riding the metro instead of hailing that cab, environmental friendliness often requires extra effort. However, we also know that collectively, these small choices can have a huge impact. Finding ways to encourage green behavior often demonstrates one of the areas that can be most difficult as it requires citizens to go against several of the ‘defaults' of human behavior - but effective tools exist. Here are a few examples.
Prime waste management with visual cues. In results published by the Danish Nudge Network (DNN) in March 2013, a reduction in food waste was directly related to plate size provided to conference attendees. At the Danish Executive Summit, two buffet lines offered two separate plate sizes - in the control group, the normal 27 cm diameter plate was offered, while in the treatment buffet line, a 24 cm diameter plate was set. All remaining food waste was collected following the luncheon and weighed, with outstanding results. The group using the smaller, 24 cm plate produced 26% less food waste than the group with the larger 27 cm plate - confirming the hypothesis that a subtle change in environment - in this case, a plate size - could influence sustainable food portioning.
Prior to this experiment, in 2011 DNN used visual cues to prime people's tendency to dispose of their garbage responsibly. In round one, researchers passed out caramel candies to passing pedestrians. Soon after, they carefully counted wrappers found in trash cans, ashtrays, bike baskets, and surrounding streets. In round two, they handed out the same candies but placed green footprints on the ground leading to nearby trash cans. Astonishingly, this resulted in 46% fewer wrappers found in inappropriate places. This concept is being applied in all sorts of ways - Wattson (which shows your household energy use and associated cost at a given time) and eFergy Showertime (which shows your length of shower and amount of water used in comparison to a set target) serve as reminders of energy and water use - visually priming in a simple, straightforward way. As the design of new smart meters and grids are developed, there is potential to consider these visual cue aspects to encourage responsible household resource use.
Make it a game. Organizations like Recyclebank have taken a carrot rather than stick approach to behavior change. They partner with companies to creatively incentivize recycling programs. Participants can ‘cash in' recycled goods for points, earning them discounts and credit at popular stores such as Target and Barnes and Noble Booksellers. Recyclebank proved that it is possible to increase participants' active involvement in environmentally friendly activities that ranged from switching to energy-saving light bulbs to buying more local produce. The Fun Theory incentivizes the development of games to encourage better behavior with a competition. Several of these efforts have focused on re-designing recycling receptacles as various arcade games, significantly increasing their use.
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 www.stromgraf.de 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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Source: Housing Association Building & Maintenance (HABM), 2 July 2013.
Proving homes that are both affordable and sustainable is an increasingly challenging task for housing associations. Mark Elliott discusses the contribution that solar power can make and the importance of implementng effective energy monitoring.
As the cost of living shoots up and power companies warn of possible blackouts due to insufficient capacity in the network, it is probable that the launch of the 2013 Building regulations this autumn will require all new-builds to comply with level 4 of the Code of Sustainable Homes, something which the affordable housing sector has already been working to for a number of months.
Indeed, many housing associations and social housing landlords already have buildings fitted with renewable energy technologies as standard, while some older stock has also benefitted from retrofitted equipment. It is not uncommon to see collections of solar panels on the roofs of housing association properties and the benefits can be substantial.
Solar power provides an opportunity for housing associations and social housing landlords to improve the long-term energy prospects of their tenants by alleviating fuel poverty and greatly reducing their carbon emissions. This is increasingly important in light of recent research by the Association for the Conservation of Energy which found that Britain has the highest fuel poverty figures in Western Europe (March 2013). Despite the cuts to Feed-in-Tariff (FiT), some of which have already taken effect, the benefits of subsidies for landlords and discounted electricity bills for tenants offered by renewable energy will continue to transpire as inflation continues and utility companies increase their prices.
Of course, it isn’t just about the installation of renewable energy technology; the full benefits of measures such as solar panels will only be realised if they are supported by wider efforts to encourage people to be more energy efficient. Installations are often out of sight, out of mind, so encouraging the behavioural change needed to achieve the true benefits of solar power has been difficult in the past. Landlords and tenants alike need to gain a true insight into energy use in their building, which will give them control to reduce their own electricity bills.
Energy monitoring can improve both the financial and environmental performance of housing association properties and social housing. There are a number of monitoring technologies available, the best of which will fit conveniently and cleanly into the tenant’s living space, providing visibility of both energy being used and carbon emissions being produced. When an installation has generated surplus power, equipment like the Wattson Solar Plus monitor will glow green telling residents that they can use the free power.
Giving the tenants transparency in this way enables them to shift from using high energy consuming items like washing machines at peak power cost times, to using them when power is ‘free’ because the installation is generating at full capacity. Indeed, some of the more sophisticated monitoring equipment will link to online portals, such as Wattson Anywhere, which will show historic data on consumption and energy escape, ultimately allowing tenants to plan their energy use going forward.
In 2012, a ground-breaking scheme to drive energy efficiency in homes in the Leicestershire village of North Kilworth had a dramatic impact on residents’ behaviour. A total of 80 Wattson energy monitors were handed out to residents in an initiative led by the Village Power Community Interest Company (CIC) as part of a programme of activities designed to reduce the village’s carbon footprint. After just two months, two thirds of residents involved with the Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF) project confirmed that their energy usage had changed and the same number wanted more information on energy efficiency. Nine out of 10 said they would recommend the Wattson monitor to a friend.
The next phase of the LEAF project has seen free Optiplugs supplied to the community. The Optiplug is an intelligent socket which automatically diverts energy to appropriate appliances when there is spare energy being produced by the system. This means that appliances, such as washing machines, dishwashers, phone chargers and heated towel rails only receive power when it is free to the resident.
Poole Housing Partnership (PHP) is in the process of installing solar PV in around a quarter of its managed stock. Part of the Alliance Home Framework Partnership, PHP is also rolling out the Wattson Solar Plus energy monitoring equipment as part of its bid to lift tenants out of fuel poverty, cutting energy bills by an average of £10 per week, per property. As well as reducing bills and cutting emissions, the project aims to engage entire families in the issue of energy efficiency, using bold displays and tenant roadshows to convey the messages.
Making use of 'free energy'
Using ‘free electricity’ becomes quite easy with the right monitoring technology in place. However, this has historically only been useful when the tenant is at home to make use of the power being generated. The latest innovations in the marketplace provide residents with smart technology that can learn how much power is required around the building at different times and then automatically divert enough energy to power an appliance when there is free energy available. As an example, the Optimmersion can convert surplus free electricity into hot water via immersion heaters, with typical savings in the region of £131 per year for an oil-fired boiler and £175 per year for electrically-heated water.
More and more renewable installations are being fitted as standard on new housing. However, the biggest driver for installations is the financial benefits. When landlords invest in solar PV, they’re freeing tenants from utility companies, enabling them to secure their own energy use, and in some cases, lifting them out of fuel poverty. However, when they combine this with the right monitoring technology and smart metering, the results can be far greater than anticipated.
Energeno is looking for investment for new projects and to expand its business in International markets. The Energeno profile is now live in Investmentzone.com, part of crowd funding. Please share the link below with anyone who might be interested in investing in the renewable energy sector and/or in SMEs.
Energeno provides products and services which help households and businesses to maximise their returns on investing in renewable energy systems. The company manufactures the Wattson range of energy monitors and Optismart intelligent switching device which are sold internationally through distributors and national utilities.
Wattson products are manufactured for the company in China to UK and EU standards and although products in the Optismart range are manufactured in the UK, Energeno will consider other sources of supply as sales volumes increase. The company believes it is well placed to service the growing demand for clean energy systems in European countries where government commitments to EU energy targets will creating substantial demand for the foreseeable future.
Article in Renewable Energy Installer, July-August 2013, page 21.
Mark Elliott, chief operating officer at renewable energy monitoring business, Energeno, explains how landlords and homeowners can make the most of their power.
The term ‘energy optimisation’ can often be misunderstood; however, put simply, it is the meeting place of using less electrical power overall while making the most of homegenerated power. An increasing number of households are installing renewable energy technologies, such as solar panels; however this is only half of the story. The full benefits of such measures will only be realised if they are supported by wider efforts to encourage people to be more energy efficient. Installations are often out of sight, out of mind, so encouraging the behavioural change needed to achieve the true benefits of solar power can be challenging.
Using less electrical power
There are a number of key behavioural changes which need to be made in the UK psyche if we are to start to see a stabilisation or reduction in overall power usage. This is where installers can start to add real value to customers, providing advice and tips which help homeowners save money and deliver return on their investment. Starting simply, it is important to make sure items such as lights, televisions or computers are switched off when not in use, rather than leaving them on standby. When looking to purchase new appliances, it is important to go for the most energy efficient – the A+++ standard.
Knowledge is power
In addition, energy monitoring can improve both the financial and environmental performance of a building. There are a number of monitoring technologies available, the best of which will fit conveniently and cleanly into the living space, providing visibility of both energy being used and carbon emissions being produced. With an understanding of the ‘typical’ electricity use of the home, it is possible to shift from using high energy consuming items like washing machines at peak power cost times, to using them when power is ‘free’ because the renewable installation is generating at full capacity. Typically, Wattson Solar Plus users make an average saving of almost 20 per cent a year just by understanding their energy use.
Maximising solar installations
In the case of solar, systems should be monitored to ensure they are functioning at optimal performance levels. Seasonal variations can affect performance and it may be that, now we are in summer, the winter detritus needs to be cleaned off the panels. There are also smaller adjustments which can be made to manage issues such as shadows or shading. Tools such as Wattson Professional allow installers to offer a valueadded service, whatever type of inverter or panel is in place. Making the most of solar power. In addition, contrary to popular belief about peak pricing, the most efficient time in which to use power when you have a solar PV system is during the day. Put simply, use energy when the sun is shining and generating the most power. Tools like Optiplug can help to manage this effectively, automatically switching on the washing machine or tumble dryer when the installation is generating surplus power.
Optimisation for installers
Energy optimisation is for everyone – not just the new build or passive houses. Everyone can take steps to reduce their electricity bills and those with solar PV have even more options when it comes to saving energy and reducing bills. Ultimately, installers need to make use of the right equipment and software so that they can provide home and business owners with something tangible to measure the return on their solar investment.
Peak practice: Using energy monitoring systems can lower energy bills by shifting consumption away from peak price times, says Energeno chief operating officer Mark Elliott.
Source: Home Eco Savings Newsletter, June 2013.
Solar PV? Run things for free!
Those with Solar PV installed will already know that more electricity is generated during sunlight hours than can be used in the house.
In doing so, you can increase the use of your generated electricity by as much as 30% and this will reduce your energy bill as you won’t need to pay to import it later.
Click here to find out more about Optiplug, the intelligent socket that switches appliances on automatically.
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:
World regions and countries covered:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
WHAT IS SUSTAINIA100?