PanTech Design sees the future, and it is one of energy monitoring, load control and ensuring clean and constant power flow for commercial and home consumption.
Troy Morgan, Founder and CEO of PanTech Design, and Joe Piccirilli, Managing Director and CEO of Rosewater Energy Group , popped by Adapt Energy to discuss the importance of maintaining clean and constant power within an unreliable grid.
Piccirilli, a 50-year veteran in the consumer electronics industry, noticed that, as more and more IoT products entered homes over the past decade, dissatisfaction from consumers was not uncommon. But was it the products themselves not functioning correctly, or was it a lack of consistent, clean power reaching those devices to blame?
In 2012, Piccirilli founded Rosewater to solve such power problems.
“[I said], 'I am going to design and build the best, most complete, energy management, power quality device in the business,'” Piccirilli said.
Four years of development and testing later, Piccirilli’s product became a reality.
Morgan pointed out another need for stable, constant and clean power - the enormous stress put on the grid due to warm weather temperatures, especially in extremely hot locations. Coupled with the unexpected increase in home power use due to people working from home during the pandemic, and power grids can get unstable and experience fluctuations and outages.
“When that occurs, and especially now,” Morgan said, “everybody has to use their air conditioners. And when these air conditioners all kick on and stay on for an extended period, people will see the grid go down.”
If populations are growing, home sizes expanding and power needs increasing while power grids age, how can people maximize their power efficiency? One solution is an energy and storage solution designed for residential and light commercial use.
The right unit can protect and enhance the performance of all home and office electronics while providing an uninterruptible power supply with zero transfer time and a large amount of battery backup to ride out power failures.
Troy Morgan, CEO, PanTech Design and Blake Richetta, CEO, Sonnen USA kicked off the first episode of Adapt Energy with a discussion on the rise of home energy storage and why the viability of solar depends on it.
A few years ago, PanTech Design began developing energy automation systems to work within the home energy management space. And Sonnen is a legacy player in the residential energy storage industry at a mere 10 years old. Sonnen uses lithium iron phosphate batteries to connect to the grid and optimize and harmonize solar energy, specifically in residential applications.
“Energy storage is not just a trend,” Richetta said. “It is an essential evolution of the very way that we produce and consume energy. There is no renewable energy transition without energy storage.”
The increasing demand on utility grids has caused more frequent power outages, and today’s customers want uninterrupted power.
“People are looking more toward home battery storage as a method of reducing downtime during these types of outages,” Morgan said.
One of the premier benefits of energy storage systems is maximizing the efficiency of solar and wind energy.
“These types of energy systems are decentralized, flexible and much more resilient,” Richetta said.
The capture of energy at multiple nodes versus one centralized point can help reduce power loss over a large portion of the grid during large-scale power outages.
When it comes to solar energy, Morgan wanted to clear up a misconception.
“People assume, because you have solar power, you have power available all the time," he said. "You are off the grid and don’t have to buy power from the utility company, and if the power goes out, you have power. That is not the case.”
To get the most out of a solar system and utilize the generated power, a home energy storage system is required. An energy storage system allows usage of the generated power by both the home and the grid when power is needed, not when it isn’t.