Smart energy products provider geo has partnered with electric vehicle charger developer Wallbox to install whole home energy management systems.
The systems will combine geo’s home energy management and home battery systems and Wallbox’s smart chargers for electric and hybrid cars. This will allow consumers to optimise tariffs, and benefit from solar and grid signals, according to geo.
Patrick Caiger-Smith, the CEO at geo, said they were “thrilled” to announce the partnership.
“It’s great for us to be able to bring EV charging into our suite of smart controls, but even more importantly, in Wallbox we have found a like-minded partner that shares our passion for user-friendly smart energy management. Wallbox’s design-led technology and sophisticated API cloud platform have been crucial to the successful integration into our Hybrid HomeTM architecture.”
The project utilises Core, the energy management system that forms the basis of geo’s Hybrid Home technology. It forms part of the wider Core4Grid initiative, a BEIS-funded project where Core is integrated into third-party products.
geo said that the partnership represents the first UK energy management scheme with the ability to link electric vehicles with solar, home-battery and demand-side response.
“Being at the forefront of grid-responsive EV charging is very exciting for us,” said Enric Asuncion, CEO at Wallbox. “Our involvement in the Core4Grid project puts our electric vehicle charging roadmap in line with geo’s DSR energy abilities and this will lead to a unique home energy experience for customers.”
Following recent successful trials, the conjoined system will be installed between now and the end of the year. Wallbox received funding from energy giant Iberdrola in June this year, to help further develop the company. It has a number of partnerships, including one announced earlier this year with Octopus. The two companies launched what they claimed was the “smallest and lightest” vehicle-to-grid charger in the world.