Boiler uses surplus solar energy to deliver more sustainable showering.
Sunny and windy days are like manna from heaven for solar panels and wind turbines. Nevertheless, too much sun or wind can overload the grid causing surplus renewable energy to get wasted. Eneco, Peeeks and Inventum have now joined forces to tackle this problem head-on. The result is a smart electric boiler. This smart and socially responsible way of heating means more ‘sustainable’ showering. And in addition, this smart heating mechanism can reduce energy bills for consumers significantly.
The smart boiler
Peeeks and partner Eneco, with the support of the Topsector Energie (an arm of the Dutch ministry of economic affairs), have initiated a project which will help bridge the gap between the energy consumption of home owners and the generation of renewable energy. The biggest consumer of household energy is the electric boiler. By way of illustration: the 500,000 or so electric boilers in the Netherlands demand about as much power as is currently generated by around 650 wind turbines. The beauty of Peeeks’ smart boiler is that it can be switched on and off remotely to offset fluctuations in the generation of green energy, whilst at the same time providing consumers with a highly dependable source of hot water.
In cooperation with Inventum, a supplier of innovative ventilation and hot water systems, the first hundred of these smart boilers have been built, tested and installed with consumers. ‘The results are highly promising. The smart boiler is able to use solar and even wind power more efficiently. This means that with a minimum of effort, our customers will now be able to do their bit for sustainability. Installing a smart boiler in the home also leads to additional energy savings,’ explains Evert Jan Althuis, innovation manager at Eneco.
The smart boiler not only keeps track of the amount of green energy in the grid, but also carries out smart heating. Boiler manufacturer Inventum sums this up as follows: ‘Whereas old-fashioned boilers only heat at night time, so can soon empty during the day, the smart boiler monitors conditions and, if necessary, can trigger the heating process,’ says CEO Richard Verbree. ‘Not only does this save energy, but cold showers are now a thing of the past.’
The smart boiler comes with an internet connection and so is automatically monitored and controlled by Peeeks, a company based in Delft. ‘We monitor the conditions of all boilers round the clock,’ explains co-founder Jorrit Lucas, ‘as well as the balance of the national grid. Our system then calculates what the optimum heating strategy is for all boilers and puts this in practice. This gives consumers and the electricity grid optimum savings.’