In Sweden today, there are thousands of properties that need to be upgraded with solar cells and electric vehicle charging to future-proof their power and energy supply. With Ferroamp’s knowledge and system solutions, you have the opportunity to offer your customers power and energy optimisation solutions that are adapted to your customers’ preferences. As an installer and expert in this field, you make it possible for property owners to take control of power, reduce energy costs and achieve climate goals.
Focus on the grid connection provides economic benefits
The lack of capacity in the grid will become increasingly evident, we all know this. As an electricity consultant, you have the benefit of taking into account the fact that the property’s connection to the grid will be limited and more expensive in the future, but with smart technology and power control, the connection can be made into a resource.
When the purely physical capacity of the local grid is limited during certain periods, many distributed energy storage units and flexible electricity users can contribute to a more financial alternative than laying new cables and negotiating permits. Energy storage units can be used behind the meter to meet local needs for most of the year, but can then be offered to the grid’s service as required. There are today two examples of this in Stockholm and the Uppland region, which you can read more about here.
This requires smart properties that can vary their power needs and be integrated with new digitalisation solutions. Instead of having one huge battery in Örebro that only solves the monumental problems that happen to exist in Örebro’s grid, it is better to have many batteries working together. Svenska Kraftnät (www.svk.se), which operates the Swedish national grid, has lots of useful information and training on how the system works, and at their Control Room you can see how the system looks right now.
Controllability is the key to optimising grid withdrawals
Integrating control of, for example, heat pumps and charging infrastructure together with controlled solar production and energy storage in one single system creates opportunities. Controllability is very much the key when loads have to interact so that the grid withdrawal is optimised. Once the control options have been built in, you both see and understand how the electricity in the property is being used, not just how much is being used. This knowledge can in itself be used as a tool to be more prepared and, above all, flexible for what is expected in the future, as supply and demand for electricity look totally different today. When you are in control and can decide how much energy you use during given periods, you have created a resource that not only reduces the cost during normal operation, but also provides extra income and flexibility when the grid will need it.
Energy communities, we call it PowerShare
If a property in, for example, the public sector has a system with several different connections, where the residents each have their own electricity meters, several EnergyHub systems can be connected. It is then possible to share energy and power resources cost-efficiently between several properties via a local DC grid. By utilising the best sunroofs and sharing the energy, the internal use of produced energy is increased, the benefit of energy storage is distributed between more buildings and this gives the property owner control over power consumption in the connected buildings.
Buildings that do not have the conditions for solar electricity can be included for better economic benefit and less stress on the grid. The point is that it should be possible for solar energy to be used collectively by all residents. There are major financial benefits here, providing more residents with the opportunity to invest in solar cells. The technology also opens up opportunities for new business models with efficiency improvement services and energy trading.
Ferroamp’s system offers just as much value for new construction as for “renovation”. When upgrading properties, it is common to choose to produce an IMD (Individual Metering and Debiting) solution, before then realising that the whole system needs to be reconnected.
Keep an eye on the grid connection
For those who work with slightly larger properties and facilities, the most important issue is to keep an eye on the grid connection. If you do, there are new business opportunities for you as an installer. As the pace of electrification increases, new business models are made possible, which can provide you with repeat sales. This applies, for example, when more components have to be integrated in the property, e.g. energy storage system or electric vehicle charger, or if a solar electricity installation has to be expanded. If you work with control and regulation or property automation, it is likely that in due course you will be implementing Ferroamp’s control and monitoring solutions. To meter is to know, but it is also about doing something with what you know. This is where our solutions come in: control and metering, which is not just about our system, but also about having interaction between several different systems in the property.
Thomas in Slite decided to install Ferroamp’s EnergyHub system
Controllable, flexible electricity consumption
The difference between other manufacturers and Ferroamp is the construction method with the DC grid, which enables centrally connected control. If you only compare technology that converts solar electricity, the differences will be smaller. The benefits of EnergyHub are more important at present for customers who have or risk having problems with the main fuse. The costs of the grid connection have risen in recent years, and there are many indications that this will continue to rise. Electricity consumption that is controllable and flexible at each connection will become increasingly important, which will make the investment in EnergyHub technology even more valuable. One of the biggest advantages of the EnergyHub system is that you as a customer, installer or operations technician can manage the system via a user-friendly platform. Traditional technology, which is based on different products performing different elements of balancing energy consumption, is becoming more difficult to coordinate. The EnergyHub system provides you with an overview and can manage all elements from one single interface. Your instructions are taken care of automatically, and if the needs change, you make the changes in one place. If you want other loads in the property to be affected by your solar electricity production and investment in energy storage, the EnergyHub system can help with streaming data to local control that increases the use of your own energy and reduces your grid charge.
Planning your EnergyHub system
In addition to a number of products and services, Ferroamp also offers customised design tools so that you as an installer can easily calculate your needs and specify a suitable Ferroamp system for your installations. Everything you need to calculate the required dimensions and to design and install your EnergyHub system can be found here.
How to buy Ferroamp’s systems
The convenient way to buy Ferroamp’s systems and products is through a wholesaler. In addition to reliable delivery and coordinated transport to your facilities, wholesalers often offer financing solutions, more extensive training, support and help with dimensioning. Many wholesalers offer loyalty programmes and are aware of ongoing tenders and projects. We at Ferroamp often take part in the wholesalers’ training programmes, and offer support when needed, both in the sale of projects and in site visits at your customer’s premises. On our website, we also offer dimensioning tools, technical support and services for analysis, feasibility studies and extended warranty. Feel free to call or email us. You can buy products through one of our wholesalers!
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