How NRGMaestro™ works
The software is easy to use and can be quickly adapted to individual neighborhoods. To start with, parameters such as solar panel size, buildings’ surface area, battery storage capacity and user preferences and priorities are fed into a planning tool.
Production data from energy installations, provided by sensors, are then sent to the cloud, where NRGMaestro™ automatically compares possible consumption decisions and identifies the most cost-effective one. Instructions are sent back to the computer, which carries them out on site.
NRGMaestro™ can incorporate boilers, heat pumps and electric vehicle charging stations, as well as electric batteries, renewable energy sources such as solar panels and wind turbines, power-to-gas facilities, thermal storage tanks, and more.
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- What sets NRGMaestro™ apart from other energy management systems?
Other systems on the market are designed only for individual homes and often employ a very simple mechanism of increasing power consumption whenever solar energy is produced. NRGMaestro™, on the other hand, can be used just as well for an entire neighborhood, where the network is more complex. It can also accommodate other energy-consuming installations such as electric vehicle charging stations and home heating and cooling systems. What’s more, NRGMaestro™ looks at weather forecasts for the coming days, which means that it can factor future needs into its consumption decisions. More broadly, the system is designed to keep costs down.
- Could this focus on cost actually lead to increased energy consumption?
No, that shouldn’t happen. Whenever surplus energy is produced, for example, the system will sell it to the grid if storing it for later use wouldn’t be possible or cost-efficient. In making this decision, the system takes into account the losses that would be incurred by storing the energy in batteries. It’s all about determining the best time and most rational way to use the energy.
- What sort of cost savings are possible?
The cost savings will vary from home to home and user to user. A preliminary study on the first house running NRGMaestro™ revealed an approximately 20% reduction in heating costs alone.