One of the great things about CES is seeing the unexpected. One of my picks for best tech from CES 2021 was the new Square D Energy Center from Schneider Electric, one of the leading companies in energy management solutions. The consumer electronics market has been flooded with smart home gadgets for several years, but this Schneider Electric product looks at the smart home from a different perspective by starting at the power source first. The Square D Energy Center puts the intelligence in the heart of your home.
The most notable feature about the new Energy Center is that it looks like a standard breaker box with 60 circuits and can replace the 225A main breaker box that is already in most homes without any significant changes. However, the similarities end there. Not only can the Energy Center connect to the regular power grid, but it is also designed to connect to other power sources, including solar, stand-alone generators, batteries, or practically any other type of energy generation or storage solution. There is a direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) inverter from Solar Edge that connects right onto the back of the box. This solves one of the biggest challenges of incorporating additional power sources to a house and/or trying to leverage multiple sources for off-grid applications that need to be converted from DC to AC to power appliances. The Energy Center is also set up to support electric vehicle (EV) charging systems. As a result, the Energy Center can perform the functions that normally take three or four boxes – the breaker panel and the add-on connectors and controllers for both power and auto charging systems – while also providing surge protection for the entire home.
About Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency. We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.