Fronius and Loxone offer comprehensive energy management system

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The Loxone Miniserver controls everything in the home, from the shading to the heating. Combining the Miniserver with a photovoltaic system and Fronius inverters gives the property owner a convenient way of managing energy to increase levels of self-consumption. In other words, more of the energy generated can be consumed at source.

The overall result is that the investment in the photovoltaic system is recouped that much sooner. Another important aspect is greater autonomy in the supply of energy. "The aim of our cooperation with Loxone is to offer our customers a comprehensive energy management System", says Martin Hackl, Head of the Solar Electronics division of Fronius International GmbH. Connecting the Fronius inverter to the Loxone Miniserver is very easy; doing so provides the customer with many useful applications, such as the ability to control a wide range of consumers according to the amount of current produced, or the option to charge an electric car.

The Loxone Miniserver is a PLC-based solution for controlling light, shade, cooling, energy consumption and much more. The major advantage compared with many other home control devices is the open nature of the system, which means there are no restrictions on the number of applications. In addition, it is a very simple matter to combine the Miniserver with the Fronius inverter. “We offer a comprehensive home automation solution into which the photovoltaic system can now easily be integrated”, explains Thomas Moser, Managing Director of Loxone.

The Miniserver-based control solution for the domestic environment is comprehensive, intuitive and, above all, affordable. The Loxone system can be controlled with every conceivable device, be it a traditional light switch, PC or touchscreen. Android smartphones, iPhones and iPads can be used to provide a convenient way of controlling the home.

Plug & Play: the Fronius inverter is simply connected to the Loxone Miniserver using a network cable. All the inverter data can be processed in the control system without any further configuration work.

Effective maximisation of self-consumption: targeted switching of consumers, for example according to PV power, time, weather or similar factors, helps to increase self-consumption levels and reduce electricity bills.

The simple configuration and clear displays contribute greatly to the system’s ease of use and provide a good overview of all the components controlled by the Miniserver.

The Miniserver also displays the photovoltaic system yield and sets this against the demand for current, allowing the level of self-consumption to be seen at any time.

Together with Loxone, Fronius will be offering special training sessions on the theme of energy management and home automation systems from autumn 2013.

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