First EV charger to connect to Matter-ready Home Energy Management System

First EV charger to connect to Matter-ready Home Energy Management System

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By Nick Flaherty

French power giant Schneider Electric has launched a version of its EVlink Home Smart Charger that is the first to link to a home energy management system that uses the new Matter protocol.

This allows the charger to intelligently manage the heavy EV energy load at home and prioritize renewable energy sources.

The EVlink charger, launched at the IFA show in Berlin this week, monitors EV power consumption in real-time, predicts spending and sets budgets with four different modes: ‘charge now’, ‘green charging’, ‘cost effective’, and ‘customized schedule’. Connecting to the complete Home Energy system, homeowners can control all of their electrical devices and monitor their consumption through a single application.

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An EV can increase home energy loads by up to 40%. The ability to connect seamlessly and fully integrate with the Matter-ready Wiser Home Energy Management system allows users to control how and when their EV is charged and balance charging against other devices.

The ‘cost effective’ mode creates the most efficient schedule based on the cheapest electricity tariff available, and can also stop charging each time consumption reaches the power limit contract, ensuring bills stay under control.

The intelligent energy management system automatically balances the loads to enable minimal disruption and maximum efficiency for homeowners. For instance, if they begin cooking, the system syncs with Wiser to understand energy consumption in conjunction with other appliances in real time to avoid any disruption or tripping.

Schneider Electric is also previewing the world’s first Matter-ready range of devices in Europe and North American markets, enabling customers to connect any smart device with another viat the Matter-ready Wiser Gateway.

The Wiser App provides a live view of power flow and a history of consumption to help homeowners make more informed decisions. Similarly, it tracks daily bills and offers AI-powered hints and tips on how to shift behaviours and use electricity when tariffs are at their lowest, as well as prioritizing the greenest energy source. It also compares homeowners’ energy usage to similar homes and advises how the most efficient performers are managing usage to reduce consumption and costs. 

The Wiser App also does the same for heating, removing the chance of any power-exceeding costs. With smart heating management control, homeowners can remotely monitor and adjust the temperature of each room in their house and automatically reduce setpoints in unoccupied rooms. Through the Wiser App, homeowners can also adapt heating according to the weather and home insulation—all for an energy bill saving of up to €540 per year (£450 as a study in UK has shown).

In 2023, users will have access to the ‘green mode’ where homeowners can fully utilize the power of renewable energy. For example, if solar energy is available, the system will automatically switch to this source. Additionally, when solar power is at its peak conversion time, the EV can be set to charge at this time, avoiding having to use costly grid energy.

The EVlink Smart Home Charger will be available in Q4 2022.

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