At European Utility Week, UK smart energy products geo announced a partnership with Wallbox, a developer of intelligent charging solutions for electric and hybrid cars.
The two companies will work together to install Wallbox chargers alongside geo’s home energy management and home battery systems with the aim of allowing customers to benefit from tariff optimisation, solar and grid signals.
The partnership has been enabled by geo’s Core4Grid initiative, a project funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which integrates Core, the user-friendly smart energy manager at the heart of geo’s Hybrid Home system, with third-party products such as the Wallbox electric vehicle chargers.
Geo says householders will be able to optimise how and when they use energy, improve energy management, and make energy requirements in the home more flexible.
Following a recent testing phase, the first combined systems will be installed between now and the end of the year with geo integrating and coordinating the charge points and Wallbox using its connection with geo to respond to grid signals and deliver grid flexibility services.
Cambridge-headquartered Geo says the deal is “a significant development in the Core4Grid project, recognising the high proportion of home energy use that is increasingly required from the charging of electric vehicles, and optimising EV integration at the heart of the Hybrid Home”.
Geo says the collaboration with Wallbox has allowed it to introduce a first in UK energy management – linking electric vehicles with solar, a home battery and demand-side response and supporting the growth in smart electrification of vehicles.
“We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Wallbox,” said geo chief executive Patrick Caiger-Smith. “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 Home architecture.”
Wallbox chief executive Enric Asuncion said: “Being at the forefront of grid-responsive EV charging is very exciting for us,” said. “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.”
Meet geo this week at European Utility Week at Stand G95. To register visit https://www.european-utility-week.com/