The change from consumer to prosumer
Energy consumers used to be passive and receive an annual bill and not think about it. As a result of decentralization, increasing energy prices and the energy transition, this is changing. It empowers users to take control of their own energy consumption and production and maximize self sufficiency.
In a household, prosumers can combine local energy generation such as small-scale rooftop solar with small-energy consuming devices like EVs or a heat pump. This allows them to produce electricity for their own use while also having the possibility to feed the surplus back into the grid. For example electricity generated by rooftop solar can be used to charge the owner’s EV.
Industrial or large-scale prosumers
Industrial or large-scale prosumers describe industrial or commercial buildings that are equipped with large-scale renewable energy resources such as solar panels. Industrial or large-scale prosumers play an important role in the energy market as they showcase how usage of on-scale renewable energy resources can energize even large commercially or industrially used complexes.
The importance of visualization, transparency and control
As a Prosumer that consumes self generated energy it is crucial to keep an overview of the energy flows- , consumption and generation. Web and mobile applications are the best way to visualize these and control all connected assets and manage the individual energy flows on a digital interface. These applications also ensure full transparency as they draw insights from generated data and provide a comprehensive and intuitive overview of the system metrics.