Energy Toolbase, AMS team up on AI-driven energy storage platform

software integration

Energy Toolbase adds AMS to its offering, providing a unique solution for developers to design and deploy distributed energy resources with Energy Toolbase’s software-as-a-service for design, and AMS’s AI platform for operations. This effort enables distributed energy developers to run energy storage simulations and financial analyses on Energy Toolbase, based on the use of AMS’s energy market software.

Determining the utility bill savings of an energy storage system is unique to each customer, which makes understanding the financial impact all the more challenging. By integrating with the AMS energy market software, Energy Toolbase now allows developers to simulate the project economics of a solar and storage system optimized with AMS’s validated savings and financial performance guarantee. This bridges the gap between avoided cost proposals and realized bill savings. The savings estimated on Energy Toolbase’s platform will be representative of the performance of an AMS-enabled system in operation.

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“Adding AMS’s industry-leading software is a huge endorsement for our solar + storage modeling capabilities,” said John Gurski, founder and CEO of Energy Toolbase. “But the biggest beneficiary of this launch is our userbase, who now have the ability to run AMS-validated savings simulations. In the field, these AMS-optimized systems are backed by a financial performance guarantee. This will undoubtedly lead to more storage projects getting qualified, modeled, sold, and installed.”

The Energy Toolbase software platform specializes in the sales and analysis of behind-the-meter energy storage projects. Over one thousand leading distributed energy companies nationwide use the software-as-a-service product to calculate utility bill savings, optimize project economics, and create customer facing proposals.

“Developing a behind-the-meter energy storage project requires a deep understanding of an entire suite of project and market dynamics,” said Jesse Bryson, SVP of Global Market Development at AMS. “Not only will these projects achieve larger financial returns, but they are also backed by our industry-leading financial performance guarantee for energy storage. Ultimately, these assets have the opportunity to participate in wholesale markets and utility programs, all orchestrated by our AI-driven software.”

— Solar Builder magazine

Energy Toolbase, AMS team up on AI-driven energy storage platform

software integration

Energy Toolbase adds AMS to its offering, providing a unique solution for developers to design and deploy distributed energy resources with Energy Toolbase’s software-as-a-service for design, and AMS’s AI platform for operations. This effort enables distributed energy developers to run energy storage simulations and financial analyses on Energy Toolbase, based on the use of AMS’s energy market software.

Determining the utility bill savings of an energy storage system is unique to each customer, which makes understanding the financial impact all the more challenging. By integrating with the AMS energy market software, Energy Toolbase now allows developers to simulate the project economics of a solar and storage system optimized with AMS’s validated savings and financial performance guarantee. This bridges the gap between avoided cost proposals and realized bill savings. The savings estimated on Energy Toolbase’s platform will be representative of the performance of an AMS-enabled system in operation.

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“Adding AMS’s industry-leading software is a huge endorsement for our solar + storage modeling capabilities,” said John Gurski, founder and CEO of Energy Toolbase. “But the biggest beneficiary of this launch is our userbase, who now have the ability to run AMS-validated savings simulations. In the field, these AMS-optimized systems are backed by a financial performance guarantee. This will undoubtedly lead to more storage projects getting qualified, modeled, sold, and installed.”

The Energy Toolbase software platform specializes in the sales and analysis of behind-the-meter energy storage projects. Over one thousand leading distributed energy companies nationwide use the software-as-a-service product to calculate utility bill savings, optimize project economics, and create customer facing proposals.

“Developing a behind-the-meter energy storage project requires a deep understanding of an entire suite of project and market dynamics,” said Jesse Bryson, SVP of Global Market Development at AMS. “Not only will these projects achieve larger financial returns, but they are also backed by our industry-leading financial performance guarantee for energy storage. Ultimately, these assets have the opportunity to participate in wholesale markets and utility programs, all orchestrated by our AI-driven software.”

— Solar Builder magazine

Smappee Infinity delivers new energy efficiency insights for consumers, solar installers

Smappee Infinity-All modules-Front-Colored BG

Smart energy monitoring manufacturer Smappee has debuted its new energy management system Smappee Inifinity at this week’s E-World 2019 in Essen, Germany. Tailored for Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) and OEM customers, Smappee Infinity provides in-depth, real-time energy insights to make informed and impactful decisions on energy use.

Public awareness of energy usage is growing as businesses and consumers face increasing and variable energy rates in addition to new legislations on buildings’ energy consumption. Therefore they are reaching out to ESCOs and looking for products to manage their energy efficiency. Smappee Infinity provides ESCOs and companies interested in energy integrations with a flexible, future-proof solution offering actionable data on energy consumption, production, and optimization, to address these market trends.

“Smappee Infinity provides its users with essential insights and tools to manage the energy flows in their building, office, or home and optimize the use of their renewable energy,” said Stefan Grosjean, CEO of Smappee. “As decentralized energy production becomes increasingly common, understanding and managing your energy is ever more essential. Smappee Infinity is the future-proof solution that empowers users to take action to immediately improve their energy efficiency and save costs.”

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Tailored to growing market needs

The launch of Smappee Infinity signifies a new direction for the company as the system is mainly targeting ESCOs and companies looking to integrate IoT energy technology into their offering.

Smappee Infinity features up to three methods of submetering to offer the most accurate and comprehensive smart energy management solution on the market. Smappee’s intuitive user dashboard visualizes energy data down to the appliance level and enables energy optimization and auto-consumption for maximum energy and cost savings at large scale.

Modular, easy to set up, reliable

Smappee Infinity users can access and manage their data and ‘rules’ through a personalized dashboard (desktop and mobile app), available in a professional and consumer (simplified) version. The visualization of the data allows users to quickly gain insights and take action to optimize their energy usage.

Boasting a unique combination of three types of “submetering” (submetering of circuits via current clamps, Smappee Switch smart plug and patented NILM technology), Smappee Infinity offers the most comprehensive real-time and historical energy data for electricity, solar, gas and water and optimized control over energy flows. Smappee Infinity is suitable for installation in locations ranging from private homes to office buildings, restaurants, shops and other multi sites facilities. Entirely modular, its three basic components are Smappee CT Hub(s), Smappee Power Box and Smappee Genius gateway.

Adding to its flexibility is the open API, allowing integration with EMS/BMS systems. This allows custom visualizations to be created to offer even more advanced insights on energy usage. In recent years Smappee has unveiled various partnerships with IoT products and platforms such as Nest and Amazon Alexa – relying on industry standards. This makes Smappee Infinity a highly interoperable and modular system.

“We are proud of Smapee Infinity’s highly competitive total cost of ownership, which compares favorable to competitive solutions,” Grosjean added. “The installation is quick and easy, as the system is designed to be plug-and-play. Thanks to its modularity, additional single- or three-phased energy meters can be installed in five to ten mintues. Once installed, maintenance costs are kept to a minimum. Moreover, reliability is outstanding, allowing users to fully focus on optimizing their energy savings.”

Smappee are debuting Smapppee Infinity at this week’s E-world in Essen, Germany, a leading exhibition for the global energy sector. Smappee will be showcasing Infinity and its wider product portfolio in hall 5, stand 5-224.

— Solar Builder magazine

Smappee Infinity delivers new energy efficiency insights for consumers, solar installers

Smappee Infinity-All modules-Front-Colored BG

Smart energy monitoring manufacturer Smappee has debuted its new energy management system Smappee Inifinity at this week’s E-World 2019 in Essen, Germany. Tailored for Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) and OEM customers, Smappee Infinity provides in-depth, real-time energy insights to make informed and impactful decisions on energy use.

Public awareness of energy usage is growing as businesses and consumers face increasing and variable energy rates in addition to new legislations on buildings’ energy consumption. Therefore they are reaching out to ESCOs and looking for products to manage their energy efficiency. Smappee Infinity provides ESCOs and companies interested in energy integrations with a flexible, future-proof solution offering actionable data on energy consumption, production, and optimization, to address these market trends.

“Smappee Infinity provides its users with essential insights and tools to manage the energy flows in their building, office, or home and optimize the use of their renewable energy,” said Stefan Grosjean, CEO of Smappee. “As decentralized energy production becomes increasingly common, understanding and managing your energy is ever more essential. Smappee Infinity is the future-proof solution that empowers users to take action to immediately improve their energy efficiency and save costs.”

Don’t miss our Solar Installer Issue in March — subscribe to Solar Builder magazine (print or digital) for FREE today

Tailored to growing market needs

The launch of Smappee Infinity signifies a new direction for the company as the system is mainly targeting ESCOs and companies looking to integrate IoT energy technology into their offering.

Smappee Infinity features up to three methods of submetering to offer the most accurate and comprehensive smart energy management solution on the market. Smappee’s intuitive user dashboard visualizes energy data down to the appliance level and enables energy optimization and auto-consumption for maximum energy and cost savings at large scale.

Modular, easy to set up, reliable

Smappee Infinity users can access and manage their data and ‘rules’ through a personalized dashboard (desktop and mobile app), available in a professional and consumer (simplified) version. The visualization of the data allows users to quickly gain insights and take action to optimize their energy usage.

Boasting a unique combination of three types of “submetering” (submetering of circuits via current clamps, Smappee Switch smart plug and patented NILM technology), Smappee Infinity offers the most comprehensive real-time and historical energy data for electricity, solar, gas and water and optimized control over energy flows. Smappee Infinity is suitable for installation in locations ranging from private homes to office buildings, restaurants, shops and other multi sites facilities. Entirely modular, its three basic components are Smappee CT Hub(s), Smappee Power Box and Smappee Genius gateway.

Adding to its flexibility is the open API, allowing integration with EMS/BMS systems. This allows custom visualizations to be created to offer even more advanced insights on energy usage. In recent years Smappee has unveiled various partnerships with IoT products and platforms such as Nest and Amazon Alexa – relying on industry standards. This makes Smappee Infinity a highly interoperable and modular system.

“We are proud of Smapee Infinity’s highly competitive total cost of ownership, which compares favorable to competitive solutions,” Grosjean added. “The installation is quick and easy, as the system is designed to be plug-and-play. Thanks to its modularity, additional single- or three-phased energy meters can be installed in five to ten mintues. Once installed, maintenance costs are kept to a minimum. Moreover, reliability is outstanding, allowing users to fully focus on optimizing their energy savings.”

Smappee are debuting Smapppee Infinity at this week’s E-world in Essen, Germany, a leading exhibition for the global energy sector. Smappee will be showcasing Infinity and its wider product portfolio in hall 5, stand 5-224.

— Solar Builder magazine

Need for Speed: Inside the upgrades to the most powerful microinverter on the market

Today’s solar systems require a more robust communication architecture to manage significantly more data points and in-field software updates, and this need was the driving force behind APsystems’s newest microinverter. Despite being the most powerful microinverter you’ll find on the market, the QS1 debuted rather quietly at Solar Power International last year — a debut that even caught director of marketing Jason Higginson off-guard. But hey, when a product is ready, it’s ready.

Key to the QS1 development was incorporating a high-speed wireless Zigbee connection instead of Power Line Communication (PLC). The difference is measured in speed of both installation (75 percent reduction in installation time) and data transmission.

“With the smart grid, and a very smart inverter, there are a considerable number of data points that need to be communicated back from the microinverters through the gateway and to the monitoring platform in the cloud,” Higginson explains. “This means a steady stream of data is constantly flowing from the inverter to the internet. When systems like the QS1 and YC600 apply remote firmware upgrades, this creates a demanding bidirectional data flow and, for MLPE systems, traditional powerline communication isn’t going to cut it.”

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The QS1 employs high-speed wireless Zigbee, which is up to three times faster than conventional powerline communication (PLC), creating a local 2.4GHz mesh network for fast and reliable data communication between the microinverters and the gateway.

The QS1 is positioned to maximize high output PV panels up to 375 W by providing a higher peak output power (a microinverter-leading 300 W AC output per channel) and a wider MPPT voltage range (22V-48V) that allows for bettering tracking and energy harvest during low light conditions of dawn and dusk.

“It also features four individual MPPT so each PV module is managed and tracked separately, which means things that affect a single panel such as shading or debris do not affect the output from the rest of the panel even if they’re connected to the same microinverter,” Higginson says.

APsystems QS1 Microinverter Datasheet

Compatibility

An APststems calling card is reducing the number of microinverter units needed per project. Only one QS1 unit is needed for every four modules (instead of the standard 1:1 ratio) while still providing four independent MPPT. This means fewer units to stock, transport and install while costing less than the equivalent of four individual microinverters. There are shared components that reduce the overall cost per watt by comparison.

But it’s not all shiny new performance numbers and doodads — APsystems kept the AC trunk cabling common with its dual-module YC600, which adds a hugely important flexible, mix-and-match compatibility on the same circuit to enhance site design capability and maximize circuit capacity.

“Using an even number of PV modules is ideal, however, with the APsystems 4-in-1 and 2-in-1 cost advantages, even if there are an odd number of PV modules in the array, leaving one side of a YC600 unused doesn’t significantly impact the cost per Watt of the system,” Higginson says.

Both microinverters also utilize the same gateways, so installers can choose the ECU-R for single or multi-residential installations or the ECU-C for applications requiring consumption monitoring and advanced contact/relay features.

“Compatibility with the existing YC600 microinverter system gives the QS1 an unprecedented advantage,” says APsystems chief technology officer Yuhao Luo. “Mixing dual and quad microinverters in the same system adds design flexibility while offering a strong inventory and installation labor advantage over conventional microinverters.”

Chris Crowell is the managing editor of Solar Builder.

— Solar Builder magazine