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IoT Enables Renewable Power Management for Irish Energy Company

Solo Energy is deploying a network of batteries for energy storage and distribution based on power generation and price changes, using IoT technology provided by Asavie.
By Claire Swedberg

"Energy storage technologies have the potential to support and supply a range of services to Ireland's energy system," says Liam Breathnach, Solo Energy CTO, "and to support our decarbonization and transition to a low-carbon economy." Through this process, he adds, storage technologies can aid Irish electricity systems' integration and improve the management of energy supply versus demand.

The company uses batteries from a variety of suppliers, and delivers and installs them at customer sites. Its customers are typically smaller energy providers, Breathnach says. "We want to enable deployments in remote locations," he states, which would typically use a single battery to collect and store power for when it's needed onsite.

Liam Breathnach
Mark Lambe, Asavie's product marketing manager, says its secure connectivity is ideal for remote location deployments, eliminating what he calls the guesswork to installation at a company's satellite locations. The bi-directional connectivity not only enables getting data to the cloud easily, but also enables remote access and management of devices wherever they are located.

Solo began working with Asavie about a year ago, Breathnach says. "We're concerned with security [of data], first and foremost," he explains, in order to ensure the integrity of data and its secure management on a single platform.

Asavie provides the network connectivity only, employing data from energy meters built into the battery. These meters typically clamp around the relevant cable, such as the photovoltaic generation or home import or export cable, that senses the magnetic fluctuations and converts the value to an AC current reading, Breathnach explains.

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