- Samsung to integrate its heating systems into SMA Solar’s home energy management system
- It will enable PV systems with SMA inverters to be integrated into Samsung’s SmartThings smart home ecosystem, the duo claims
- The technology will help consumers manage their domestic appliances that generate and consume energy through cloud-to-cloud integration
Using an ‘innovative’ cloud-to-cloud solution, South Korean electronics giant Samsung plans to integrate its heating systems into Germany’s SMA Solar’s home energy management system, as the duo claim it also enables PV systems with the latter’s inverters to be integrated into Samsung’s SmartThings smart home ecosystem.
Both the companies state that this incorporation of heat pumps into their domestic energy systems will enable consumers to become less dependent on retail energy prices.
SMA says its Sunny Home Manager 2.0 energy management system can integrate energy generators, battery storage systems, wallboxes and home appliances like washing machines as well. It can manage all energy flows automatically thereby optimizing use of solar energy from the home’s own PV system.
The German company counts more than 200,000 of these devices installed globally.
“The good thing for users is how simple it is to integrate Samsung Eco Heating Systems,” said Executive Vice President of SMA’s Home Business Segment, Jan Van Laethem. “Thanks to the interconnected communications for energy and smart home management, they can easily manage domestic appliances that generate and consume energy.”
Co-locating solar PV and heat pumps in Europe has been found to have its own benefits by way of bringing significant savings in electricity bills, especially in Spain, Germany and Italy, according to a March 2023 report by the SolarPower Europe (see Significant Heating Cost Savings Through PV+Heat Pumps).