Flex launches PowerPlay: the smart home energy solution

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Flex, Energy Matters’ parent company, has launched PowerPlay, its latest smart home energy platform at the All-Energy 2017 conference. PowerPlay is an energy monitoring app that gives households more control over energy usage and cost.

PowerPlay is a monitoring and controlling interface that keeps track of your power use. It does this by gathering information from the most reliable source of information about your home’s electricity use: the house itself.

The PowerPlay app tells you what’s happening with your home electricity use.

Flex can show you how much power you are using at any moment, and whether it’s from your solar panels, the grid or your home battery.

It sends you messages to tell you how much money you’re saving. It also alerts you if something unusual us happening, such as you are using too much electricity because of a faulty appliance.

PowerPlay causes a sensation at All-Energy 2017

PowerPlay solutions grabbed significant attention at Flex’s All Energy stand. Hundreds of visitors registered at the event and many installers sought to commence distribution in Australia.

Vikas Desai, SVP & Global GM, Flex Living at Flextronics, joined Flex’s Australian staff at the PowerPlay launch.

Following its introduction, PowerPlay also featured in ABC’s Lateline, with a highlight on its ability to optimise household power by easily controlling home appliances.

Power optimisations are made simple through the PowerPlay app. It lets users switch between appliances and automatically control power loads. Optimisation solutions like this will be essential for users to get the most out of their solar system and reduce electricity bills.

Flex products – a complete solar energy system

PowerPlay can put you in control of your energy use because it draws on data generated by your solar panels, inverter and battery, as well as your meter.

But Flex, the company behind PowerPlay, is also a major producer of solar devices. With these you can:

  1. Generate energy – with a high-tech, efficient solar power system;
  2. Store energy – in home battery storage for when you need it (e.g. at night); and
  3. Optimise energy use – by monitoring your power generation and usage to understand when and how you are using energy.

At the heart of the system is the Energy Hub, which does real-time monitoring. This is an improvement on other systems where there can be a lag of 15 seconds or so. This makes it difficult to assess which appliance is using power.

A lag makes it difficult to assess which appliance is using power. Real-time monitoring means you can divert electricity to power-hungry appliances more easily.

Although new to Australians, the Flex Energy Hub is now in its 5th generation.

PowerPlay available via Energy Matters

Energy Matters, as well as other Flex Authorised Partners across the country, will distribute Flex solar solutions in Australia (operating as an Approved Flex Installer).

A world-leader in manufacturing solar panels, Flex has released over five-gigawatts of solar modules, or 8 million solar panels. Flex solar panels available in Australia will all be tested to avoid potential induced degradation.

Importantly, Flex also features flexible solar energy storage options. This lets owners generate and store solar energy when the sun shines, then use it at night. Battery storage also keeps the lights on in the event of a blackout.

PowerPlay slashes power bills

It’s estimated that a typical customer can save 40 per cent of power usage with a rooftop solar system. By adding solar batteries this figure can increase to 75 per cent of total energy consumption.

With the optimisation options of a home energy platform controlling appliances like air-conditioning and pool pumps, customers could offset 90 per cent of their power usage by adding PowerPlay to their home energy system.

Decentralised energy solutions mean customers have power in their hands like never before. Solutions from Flex are the future of power management.