A first step towards a new energy future

Graphic with a family in front of a house with PV system. Icon image for shineConnect from innogy Startup shine

shine provides a new innovation for domestic energy management. All members receive a shine energy manager worth over €270.

Decentralistation is a key term in relation to energy transition. Rightly so: the future of energy supply is in local self-organised structures. The increasing number of roofs with solar systems in Germany is proof that this future has already begun.

Many owners of photovoltaic systems are motivated both by a desire to be more independent of large commercial power plants, and have an ability to optimise energy consumption in their own homes. The innogy start-up shine has now launched "shineConnect", a product designed to fulfil these needs.

The idea of shineConnect

shineConnect is a new system for optimising energy consumption. The shine energy manager is a small piece of hardware that connects to the PV system and smart meter. Recorded data is used to generate visualisations of energy flows between the PV system and energy storage systems such as batteries and other appliances, like heating rods - a heating rod converts electricity into heat, also helping to increase the utilisation of domestically produced energy.

Smart energy management software provides a comprehensive real-time overview of savings potentials for owners, enabling them to optimise day-to-day energy consumption and production. Development planned for launch in spring 2017 adds a robust real-time ‘battery simulator’ with which shineConnect members can accurately assess the investment value of a battery using simulated true data.  Future updates for the energy manager will also include the ability to add electric vehicles in the process.

The shineConnect product is complemented by access to an energy community on shinepowered.com where members exchange experiences and views on current topics. Interested persons can register free of charge. Alexander – a typical PV system owner – explains in detail how shineConnect works (video available in German only):

Independent with green energy from shine

PV system owners belong to a new kind of energy user: the "prosumer". This new term, made up of the words producer and consumer, describes people who do not just consume but also produce energy.

However, despite producing energy themselves, most prosumers in Germany still require electricity supplied by large traditional power plants. To enable them to become independent of conventionally generated energy, shine also supplies electricity.

For 20 cents per kilowatt hour, customers can obtain "shineConnect Power" - 100% green electricity from shine. The contract runs month to month, and the price is guaranteed for three years. shine’s vision is that electricity will in the future come from one of the shineCommunity members' many decentralised systems.

Benjamin Stöbel is already a shine customer. He is one of the energy pioneers who have transformed their house into a perfect example of what the energy future will look like. Stöbel is convinced that: "One platform for suppliers and consumers is certainly an idea with plenty of potential."

 

Growing energy communities

In January 2017 ‘shine’ opened a pop-up store in Reken a city with one of the highest photovoltaic densities in North Rhine-Westphalia.

For a little over one month, shine has been consulting with PV owners in Reken on how they can get more value out of their photovoltaic systems, presenting shineConnect products to potential customers right in their home town. The focus of the pop-up store is to drive forward the vision of community supplied electricity, with the bonus of collecting valuable feedback directly from the target market. shine’s plan is to take shineConnect to every city in Germany one by one, providing all households across Germany with the opportunity to become pioneers of this energy future.

Learn more about the product and this excellent offer on shinepowered.com.

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