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KiwiOS X

Kiwigrid’s new plat­form gen­er­a­tion KiwiOS X used for the first time by the new SOLAR­WATT ener­gy manager

For many years, we’ve worked close­ly with pho­to­volta­ic sys­tem provider SOLAR­WATT to imple­ment for­ward-look­ing tech­nolo­gies for a sus­tain­ably pow­ered ener­gy world. SOLAR­WATT has now fur­ther devel­oped its ener­gy man­ag­er SOLAR­WATT Man­ag­er flex, once again in close coop­er­a­tion with us. For the first time, our new plat­form gen­er­a­tion KiwiOS X is being employed.

The SOLAR­WATT ener­gy man­ag­er opti­mizes the entire decen­tral­ized ener­gy sys­tem and is very easy to install. It can be eas­i­ly and flex­i­bly con­trolled via the SOLAR­WATT Man­ag­er por­tal, which also allows users to keep an eye on their pho­to­volta­ic (PV) sys­tem at all times, from anywhere.

The SOLAR­WATT Man­ag­er flex con­trols ener­gy flows so that as much self-pro­duced solar pow­er as pos­si­ble is used by a house­hold or in com­mer­cial oper­a­tions. It’s an ele­men­tary com­po­nent of every PV sys­tem and already enables the sim­ple inte­gra­tion of an EV or heat pump. In this way, home­own­ers can reduce their CO2 emis­sions by up to 90 percent,” 

accord­ing to SOLARWATT’s Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Detlef Neuhaus. 

The lat­est gen­er­a­tion of our ener­gy ser­vice plat­form KiwiOS X shows its full strengths for the first time in the SOLAR­WATT Man­ag­er flex, such as its auto­mat­ic instal­la­tion, com­plete, device-inde­pen­dent sec­tor cou­pling and inte­gra­tion into the ener­gy mar­ket. With Solar­watt, we can shape the future top­ics of the ener­gy tran­si­tion – includ­ing vehi­cle-to-home and vehi­cle-to-grid – in a reli­able, secure and scal­able manner,” 

added Kiwigrid’s CEO Dr. Frank Schlichting. 

Effi­cient use of time-based grid tariffs

The SOLAR­WATT Man­ag­er flex opti­mizes ener­gy flows accord­ing to cus­tomers’ exact needs, either by aim­ing for the high­est pos­si­ble self-con­sump­tion of solar pow­er or the great­est cost opti­miza­tion. These set­tings can be flex­i­bly adjust­ed at any time. The ener­gy man­ag­er is now on the mar­ket and can be eas­i­ly retro­fit­ted to exist­ing solar mod­ules, invert­ers and bat­tery stor­age systems.

Addi­tion­al­ly, the SOLAR­WATT Man­ag­er flex enables the effi­cient use of time-based grid tariffs. 

If there is no solar pow­er avail­able, our ener­gy man­ag­er switch­es on at times when pow­er from the grid is par­tic­u­lar­ly cheap,” 

empha­sizes Detlef Neuhaus. 

Intel­li­gent EV charging

The SOLAR­WATT Man­ag­er flex enables the con­trol of a wall­box and, there­fore, intel­li­gent EV charg­ing, an impor­tant step towards sec­tor con­ver­gence. With the help of the ener­gy man­ag­er, Solarwatt’s cus­tomers can charge their vehi­cles with clean solar pow­er for around EUR 1.50 per 100 kilo­me­ters. Solar­watt has already worked with wall­box provider Keba since 2018. From now on, charg­ing sys­tems from the Bavar­i­an auto­mo­tive com­pa­ny Webas­to can also be con­trolled and opti­mized via SOLAR­WATT Man­ag­er flex.

Users have the option of opti­miz­ing charg­ing accord­ing to dif­fer­ent cri­te­ria, as Solarwatt’s Prod­uct Man­ag­er Ste­fan Peeck explains: 

SOLAR­WATT Man­ag­er flex adapts com­plete­ly to cus­tomer needs. For exam­ple, charg­ing an EV is pos­si­ble imme­di­ate­ly or in antic­i­pa­tion of a cer­tain depar­ture time. Fur­ther­more, the ener­gy man­ag­er can also be con­trolled to refu­el a vehi­cle when as much solar pow­er as pos­si­ble is avail­able. In this way, users can ensure that their EV is refu­eled with up to one hun­dred per­cent solar power.” 

Easy instal­la­tion

The SOLAR­WATT Man­ag­er flex not only has many advan­tages for home­own­ers and busi­ness­es with PV sys­tems, installers also ben­e­fit from straight­for­ward instal­la­tion. The ener­gy man­ag­er does not have to be installed in the con­trol cab­i­net and can be installed any­where in the house­hold, just like a Wi-Fi router. Smart house­hold appli­ances are inte­grat­ed into the ener­gy sys­tem via Wi-Fi or plug-ins. The SOLAR­WATT Bat­tery flex bat­tery stor­age sys­tem can also be inte­grat­ed via SOLAR­WATT Man­ag­er flex using Pow­er­line. Addi­tion­al wiring is not necessary.

SOLAR­WATT Man­ag­er pro with addi­tion­al interfaces

With cus­tomers’ pri­or con­sent, remote main­te­nance of the entire PV sys­tem is pos­si­ble via the SOLAR­WATT Man­ag­er flex, remov­ing the need for installers to phys­i­cal­ly be on-site. “They even receive an alarm from the sys­tem should any­thing not be work­ing one hun­dred per­cent,” says Ste­fan Peeck. Fine-tun­ing for the con­nect­ed wall­box is pos­si­ble remote­ly via the installer por­tal. The ener­gy man­ag­er is also avail­able as SOLAR­WATT Man­ag­er pro with addi­tion­al inter­faces, such as being SG ready. This mod­el of the ener­gy man­ag­er is mount­ed direct­ly in the con­trol cabinet.

Solarwatt’s ener­gy man­ag­er SOLAR­WATT Man­ag­er flex, employs our new plat­form gen­er­a­tion KiwiOS X for the first time.

Pic­ture: SOLARWATT

Want to learn more about the strengths of KiwiOS X and how it can help you bring your ener­gy prod­ucts to mar­ket faster and more cus­tomer-focused than ever? Feel free to con­tact us.

About Solar­watt

Solar­watt GmbH, found­ed in 1993 and head­quar­tered in Dres­den, Ger­many, is a Euro­pean mar­ket leader in solar mod­ules and one of the lead­ing sup­pli­ers of pow­er stor­age sys­tems. For 28 years, the Solar­watt brand has stood for pre­mi­um-qual­i­ty Ger­man pro­duc­tion. Solarwatt’s vision is to be the life­long com­pan­ion for peo­ple who want to sup­ply their homes with clean ener­gy. Solar­watt now employs around 600 peo­ple world­wide. Fur­ther infor­ma­tion: www.solarwatt.de

About Kiwigrid

Kiwigrid is the soft­ware and IoT com­pa­ny for renew­able ener­gy. The KiwiOS plat­form is used to oper­ate white label prod­ucts for ener­gy sup­pli­ers, the auto­mo­tive indus­try and man­u­fac­tur­ers of decen­tral­ized ener­gy sys­tems. Kiwigrid enables its cus­tomers to open up new mar­kets, diver­si­fy their offer­ings and dif­fer­en­ti­ate them­selves from the com­pe­ti­tion. The Dres­den-based com­pa­ny was found­ed in 2011 and cur­rent­ly employs over 150 peo­ple. Kiwigrid is a leader for intel­li­gent ener­gy man­age­ment and works with E.ON, Bay­Wa r.e., LG Elec­tron­ics among others.

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