Span, a tech company that develops products to enable rapid adoption of renewable energy, has unveiled a next-generation Smart Panel that makes it easier for consumers to take greater control of their home energy.
An update from its first model, the new Smart Panel is a cost effective solution to transition to a fully electrified home, the company says.
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The major improvements to the product include the following:
-The panel is 46% lighter & 35% smaller , making it even easier to install and truly versatile. It works indoors and outdoors, with on-grid or off-grid, and in homes of any size.
-Works seamlessly with the leading battery storage systems, such as Tesla Powerwall and the LG Energy Solution.
-Supports 90 amps in each circuit (For non-energy nerds, this is an achievement in thermal design that allows you to connect just about anything--a hot tub, an EV charger, a new AC, heat pumps--without overloading the breakers or panel).
-Provides greater circuit level visibility and granular control.
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In addition to new, smaller, lighter, and technologically advanced hardware, Span is announcing its new app (coming this summer) that will give users insights into their energy sources and usage. Span can also detect anomalies in energy usage, sending the user alerts when appliances are at risk of failure or require maintenance.
“The electric panel has been with us for generations—for almost a hundred years it has been a constant in the built world,” Arch Rao, founder and CEO of Span writes. “It has always done two things reasonably well—it distributes power to different parts of a home and the breakers inside it protect circuits from becoming a fire hazard. Unfortunately for us, its evolution has not kept pace with the rest of the house. It remains an analog device bearing no resemblance to the appliances we use every day. Worse still, it offers no information or control despite being connected to every single thing we power.”
But this new panel is the wave of the future, the founder says. Much more than an electrical distribution box, the unit is purpose-built for the connected, resilient, and all-electric home. “It monitors the health of your home and the grid to seamlessly transition between power from the grid and your on-site solar or batteries.”
The unit offers visibility and control over every circuit and major appliance in the home and allows homeowners to decide how they power what and when—especially when there are unexpected power outages. “It informs you when a water heater or an air conditioner might fail and, more importantly, gives you the option to replace it with an electric appliance without needing to revamp your entire electrical system,” Rao says.
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