When the grid shuts down, appliances fight for attention from the power grid. Integrating these different vendor appliances is critical for efficient use of an energy storage system. Interoperability is the ability of two or more systems to interact with each other, so the technical interfaces of each system are completely recognized by each other.
The Building Automation and Control Networks (BACNet), an industry standard data protocol, solves this problem. Developed under the auspices of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), BACnet is an American national standard, a European standard, a national standard in more than 30 countries, and an ISO global standard.
But now the BACNet protocol can be used in the ESS industry, and Humless jumped at the chance to integrate BACnet with all of its Humless Universal energy storage technology with. This standard adoption further empowers Humless Universal Energy Storage System (ESS) to prioritize and direct electricity from any source, for any use. This can include any connected power needs including solar energy storage, HVAC equipment, fire/life safety, lighting control, and other building automation systems.
“BACnet communications among various vendor devices makes the Humless Universal Energy Management even more universal, “states Glenn Jakins, Humless CEO. “This enhancement further expands the Universal’s reach to more efficiently use power in more than just PV solar applications. Increasingly unreliable utility power is motivating home and business owners to store and manage electricity for maximum benefit.”
Why is this cool?
- Reduces training needs (among appliances)
- Provides flexibility when the home or business needs more battery storage
- Cuts down on costs
- Monitors the equipment through a graphical interface
- Provides live real time data for all zones connected to the BACNet network.
The Humless Universal technology is first to combine simultaneous AC and DC Coupling, Multi-level Reticulation, Load Shifting, Power Shaving, and a Charge Controller into a single box. This provides intelligent energy management for customers’ power needs, lowers electrical costs and extends battery life.
— Solar Builder magazine