Two startups – Tendril Networks, known for its home energy monitoring technology and Fat Spaniel technologies, a solar panel monitoring company – make up the partnership. The purpose of the partnership is to develop a monitoring device for homes that can gauge the sun’s intensity for any particular time and automatically adjust, or even shut down, home appliances as needed.
There are a growing number of people interested in having their own rooftop solar panel installations, and this concept could help them better manage the electricity their arrays produce. Production of energy by solar panels is known to be intermittent depending upon overhead conditions. The device will be designed to automatically power down appliances connected to it to conserve energy, controlling the balance between supply and demand.
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