Panasonic has unveiled an innovative and intelligent approach to home energy management, designed to REDUCE pressure on the energy grid by developing systems that only draw power during LOW PEAK times, saving energy costs for the homeowner, and saving unnecessary use of peak time energy for utility companies.
Renewable energy systems have developed significantly over recent years, but now the grid has to ‘get smart’ (see grid image below) as society requires more energy, more often.  Intelligent electricity networks – Smart Grids – are a key component in the EU energy strategy. In the last few years, Smart Grid projects have been growing in number, size and scope throughout Europe.
Panasonic is currently developing a system which combines the benefits of air source heat pump technology (harnessing free heat from the air), solar power and the intelligence of smart meters, with the company’s simple yet effective control solutions to work in conjunction with the energy grid for a green revolution.
With a wealth of experience in energy storage (battery), solar panels (HIT), smart metering and heat pump technology, Panasonic is ideally placed to bring all these technologies together to provide a very real solution to the problem of sustainable electricity supply.  Panasonic is working with the E.ON Energy Research Centre at RWTH Aachen University to test the performance of this new concept.  RWTH Aachen has achieved global recognition in several fields of engineering and science, such as mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, computer science, physics and chemistry, and is considered as one of the best German university in these fields.
  • Performance-testing at the University of Aachen:  Panasonic’s Smart Heat Pump System features a new algorithm to manage power supply for the home’s energy management system Extremely energy efficient heat pump for heating, cooling and hot water supply 
  • Extremely energy efficient heat pump for heating, cooling and hot water supply
  • Designed to work intelligently with smart grids
If a significant number of households take advantage of this type of technology and install an intelligent solution such as Panasonic’s Smart Heat Pump – taking energy only from the national power supply grid during low peak times, an efficient and intelligent use of energy – more old-style, fossil-fuelled power plants could be decommissioned, improving the planet’s atmosphere and significantly reducing carbon emissions.