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Efficient energy generation and economical consumption with Smart Chap from Sharp

Smart Chap: A very apt name indeed for the intelligent energy manager from Sharp. It gives you independence from increasing energy prices – thanks to solar power and innovative battery solutions for maximum self-sufficiency. It also ensures you consume as little energy as possible, by analysing energy use and managing your electric household appliances. You benefit as you alone decide what you wish to do with your energy and when.

More planning reliability and security for the future

Save hard cash thanks to cost-effective energy generation and reduced energy consumption. As you can keep an eye on your energy costs every day – rather than when you get your electricity bill. This gives you a high degree of planning reliability and makes you independent from the tariffs set by your energy provider. Apart from that, of course, you actively contribute to protecting the environment. With Smart Chap, you are also ideally equipped for the future. Much like a smartphone, you can add extra applications at any time.

For new and existing solar panels
Smart Chap is suitable for any home that has existing photovoltaic panels as well as for new installations. Smart Chap ideally integrates into any environment and easily connects to your home distribution system. It's smart, intelligent and easy.

Profitable outlook for your photovoltaic system

Seize every opportunity with Smart Chap

In the past those who have purchased a photovoltaic system primarily sought to make profit with their solar power and sell it back to the grid for a high feed-in rate. However, this model has only had limited success due to the continuous decline in feed-in rates.

This all changes with Smart Chap. The smart energy manager looks at your energy household in its entirety: from the generation of solar energy and its storage, through to consumption and the purchase and sale of your energy.

Avoid energy price hikes

Purchasing solar panels, and the associated generation of free solar power, has become cheaper than ever, as the prices for solar modules have been falling continuously. Although feed-in rates have been in decline, new storage technologies now make it possible to save solar energy for the night and become virtually independent from the public power grid.

Smart Chap from Sharp also ensures the solar energy collected is used appropriately and efficiently in your household.

Save from year to year with Smart Chap

Example calculation for a 4 person household

(4,500 kWh of energy consumption per year)

Benefit from participating in the energy market
New and profitable opportunities are also opening up in the future through active participation in the energy market and the purposeful purchase and sale of energy.

Maximum independence from the energy grid

Achieve up to 95% self-sufficiency in summer months

The possibilities for self-sufficiency with solar energy were limited for a long time: more energy was produced during the day than necessary and no solar energy was available at night.

Previously: up to 30%

Due to the lack of suitable energy storage, the share of solar power in total energy only amounted to up to 30%.

With storage: up to 80%
The introduction of innovative storage solutions such as the Sharp battery means the share of own solar power can now reach an annual average of up to 80%: The energy generated during the day is stored and can then be used at any time of the day, including at night. During sunny months of May to September you can make yourself almost completely independent with a self-sufficiency rate of up to 95%.
Thanks to the smart energy manager from Sharp, appliances can be used specifically during sunlight hours. This achieves greater independence than conventional battery systems.

Real independence with Smart Chap
Some competitors offer 100% independence through pool solutions. Although these solutions make consumers independent from conventional energy providers, they create a new dependency on fixed contributions.

Maximum self-sufficiency with Smart Chap

Solar energy use over the course of a day

More features for monitoring, analyzing and controlling

  • Everything in control at all times

    Monitor energy flows in the home using the app

    The Smart Chap app for your PC, smartphone or tablet allows you to see how much energy is currently being generated by your solar panel, how charged the battery is and how much energy is being consumed in the home.

    Your power consumption and energy balance at a glance

    You can see how much of your own energy is consumed at which time of the day, how independent you are from the energy provider and how this share (degree of self-sufficiency) can be further increased. The Smart Chap app from Sharp clearly shows your running energy balance at a glance.

    And it's so easy:
    Conveniently access your personal energy manager using your web browser. An app is also available for Android and iOS devices.

  • Smart battery management

    Flexible battery charging and discharging puts your energy account into positive territory

    Your energy account will always consist of your own solar energy and power from the grid. The battery opens up completely new possibilities for you to optimise your energy household. In the case of other systems, collected solar energy is generally stored in the battery. The energy manager from Sharp offers you the option of feeding the generated energy into the public grid and to receive a fee for doing so.

    Exclusive from Sharp
    The energy manager allows you to set times when you want to limit or stop the battery from discharging or charging.

    Advantage 1: Protect the battery while on holiday

    By limiting the charging rate (SOC) to 50–70% your battery will work at an optimum level during your absence (i.e. a period of lower consumption). This prevents low charge levels.

    Advantage 2: Use solar energy at the best time

    If more expensive energy tariffs are charged at certain times, you can manage when your energy is supplied from the battery and thereby save money.

  • Analyse and optimise energy use at all times

    Detect energy guzzlers with appliance analysis

    Smart Chap looks at your energy household in its entirety: from energy generation through to the energy consumed by electrical appliances in the home.

    The Smart Chap system software will also offer a feature for recognising electrical appliances and itemising energy use. This means all relevant appliances can be identified for greater transparency regarding your energy consumption. Energy guzzlers can quickly be detected and replaced by more efficient appliances.

    The appliances depicted in the graph below currently have the highest energy consumption in the average household. However, every household is different. There is also an increasing number of new appliances such as electric vehicles.

    To begin with, the energy profiles of individual appliances will be visible.
    The aim is to depict all relevant appliances for the long term.

  • Appliance management (the smart home)

    Manage the times when electrical appliances are used

    Everyone is talking about the smart home, but what exactly does it mean? The smart home refers to a networked home which seeks to increase quality of living while using energy as efficiently as possible. In the case of Smart Chap, for example, a special focus lies on private consumption. In order to use as much solar energy as possible, it makes sense to activate electrical appliances when the sun is shining.

    You decide what runs when and for how long

    Appliances can be switched on and off according to predefined conditions, such as times of day, when there is an excess of solar energy, depending on the minimum operating duration of an appliance (e.g. for appliances which should not be interrupted) or in a certain order.

    And it's so easy:
    There are several ways to control appliances:

    Smart plugs
    The management of an appliance can be regulated using a smart plug, for instance, which is connected between the power socket and electrical appliances. Examples include:

    • switching on a pool pump
    • charging a lawnmower battery
    • switching on a standing lamp (for safety)

    Apps of appliances
    Moreover you can use the apps of your appliances to switch them on when there is surplus solar energy. Examples include:

    • activating a heat pump
    • activating a washing machine, dryer or dishwasher

    Switchable relay
    A third option is provided by a relay that is installed in the domestic junction box and connected to the appliance directly. Examples include:

    • heater
    • outdoor lighting

    Upgrade to the complete smart home solution
    Smart Chap can be connected with the smart home solution from Fibaro (www.fibaro.com). This provides you with a range of options for controlling your appliances.

    Z-Wave-Standard
    Z-Wave is a leading communication standard that was specially developed for seamless home automation. Examples include:

    • controlling the heating thermostat
    • controlling the air conditioning
    • controlling security technology

Switch on or load devices when the sun shines

Examples:

  • Shower for free

    Operating a domestic water heat pump with solar energy

    How does it work?
    Heat generation for heating and hot water typically represents the largest consumer of energy in the home. A heat pump makes use of environmental heat; with the help of Smart Chap you will know when there is surplus solar energy that can be used for your heat pump.

    What does Sharp provide?
    Smart Chap energy manager, battery kit, solar kit

    Why is it worthwhile – for you and the environment?
    If you use a domestic hot water heat pump, you can run it from April to October entirely from free solar energy. And this pays off several times over: you can generate 3–4 kWh of heat from 1 kWh of electrical solar energy, while reducing your gas or oil consumption at the same time.

  • Tank up on the sun

    Charging an electric vehicle with solar energy

    How does it work?
    In future, it will be possible to use the Sharp energy manager to define the conditions for charging an electric vehicle. This way, you will be able to set whether the vehicle should only be charged during the day, for instance, when there is sufficient solar energy available. In order to ensure the vehicle is also ready for use in poor weather with less solar energy available, a minimum charge level can be selected with the help of schedules. Charging can also be conveniently activated or deactivated manually on the vehicle. The charging column is connected to the energy manager for this purpose.

    Of course, this shall work for electric cars as well as electric motorcycles and electric bicycles.

    What does Sharp provide?
    Smart Chap energy manager, battery kit, e-mobility kit and solar kit

    What else is required?
    Compatible charging stations: ABL SURSUM, MENNEKES (further stations are being tested)

  • Wash ecologically

    Operation of domestic appliances with solar energy

    How does it work?

    All domestic appliances with app-control can be managed to maximise consumption of solar energy. Washing machines, dryers and dishwashers are particularly well-suited to this.The appliances can be filled in advance with laundry or dishes and activated as soon as there is surplus solar energy available. Since these appliances have a high energy consumption, this allows you to benefit from particularly substantial savings:

    • washing machine: 1–2.5 kWh per use
    • dishwasher: 0.5–2.5 kWh per use
    • dryer: 1.5–2.5 kWh per use

    What does Sharp provide?
    Smart Chap energy manager, battery kit and solar kit

    What else is required?
    Household appliance with app-control

  • Smart water pumping

    Control appliances via smart plugs

    How does it work?
    With a smart plug you can control all devices that are activated immediately when power is supplied. The smart plug is therefore inserted between the socket and the electrical appliance. When the sun shines it is e.g. ideal to operate the pond or pool pumo with solar energy. But you may just as well turn on your floor lamp when you are not at home.

    What does Sharp provide?
    Smart Chap energy manager, battery kit and solar kit

    What else is required?
    Pond or pool pump, smart plug (AeoTec Smart Switch 6)

Modular solution for your individual needs

Assured quality

Approved by VDE
Smart Chap is a modular system that can be flexibly configured. The smooth interaction of the individual components has been confirmed by the testing and certification institute of the VDE (Verband der Elektrotechnik, Elektronik und Informationstechnik e.V. [Association of Electrical Engineering, Electronics
and Information Technology]).

1. Smart Chap energy manager

The Smart Chap energy manager is the centrepiece and central control unit of the system. It is installed into your domestic junction box or a separate pre-assembled control cabinet.

2. Battery kit

The battery kit comprises a lithium-ion battery (6.8 kWh, net 5.4 kWh battery capacity) and a battery inverter. The battery capacity can be expanded if necessary.

3. Solar kit

If you do not yet own a photovoltaic system, a solar kit from Sharp is the perfect addition to smart and ecological energy generation. It is also ideally optimised for the other components. It includes a photovoltaic inverter and Sharp solar modules.

Sharp has already been developing and producing photovoltaic modules for 55 years. The modules meet the highest quality standards and feature a robust product design. Depending on the application, you can choose from a range of modules as desired. For example, a completely black design module or our efficient, high-performance module with 300 W and a module efficiency of 18.3%.

4. Additional kits

  • Smart plug kit
  • Heat pump kit
  • E-mobility kit
  • Emergency power kit

(in development)

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Ideally equipped for the future

The energy market is rapidly changing, as are the framework conditions for energy management systems. When developing Smart Chap, we not only thought about the needs of today, but also those of the future in particular. We, therefore, equipped the system with maximum flexibility, meaning you will always keep pace with market developments.

Open platform approach
The open platform approach makes the system flexible for further optimisation and the integration of additional hardware. Only additional appliance drivers from Sharp are programmed and the system's standard interfaces undergo continuous expansion.

Increasing battery capacity
Battery capacity can be increased flexibly as needed. Up to 6 batteries with a capacity of 5.4 kWh each can be connected.

Compatible with Smart Meter Gateway
An additional module allows Smart Chap to be upgraded to a Smart Meter Gateway, thereby preparing it for the smart meter roll-out planned in Europe.

Energy Shop
By purchasing Smart Chap packages, you will have automatic access to the Energy Shop in future. You can visit the shop to add available new hardware and apps as desired.

Free firmware updates
The Smart Chap app is kept continually up to speed with free, automated firmware updates.

Smart home extension
By combining Smart Chap with the smart home solution by Fibaro, you can continually integrate new devices:

  • dimmer
  • motion detector
  • smoke detector
  • alarm unit
  • infrared detector
  • sensors for doors and windows
  • flood sensor
  • noise detector
  • camera

Further information is available at: www.fibaro.com

All the benefits at a glance

  • Free and ecological energy generation
  • Maximum self-sufficiency with solar power and a high degree of independence from the public grid
  • Always have a full overview using the app – on PC, smartphone or tablet
  • Reduce your energy consumption and identify energy guzzlers
  • Quality 'Made in Germany'
  • High-grade hardware components and high compatibility
  • Personally contribute to the energy revolution
  • Heat domestic water with solar energy
  • High degree of planning reliability
  • Compatible with Smart Meter Gateway
  • Easily upgraded to the complete smart home solution when combined with Fibaro
  • Increase quality of housing and living
  • Emergency energy supply possible in case of grid failure (Emergency power kit)

Five steps for your Smart Chap solution

1. Complete online form

2. Free advice and customized offer

3. Enter the contract

4. Installation by experts

5. Enjoy solar energy

Power, homemade