With Amber for Batteries, your battery will be automated using our SmartShift™ automation technology. However, you will also have the option to manually control your battery if you choose, using the Amber app.
These manual controls can be run for an extended period of your choosing, or for a pre-selected time period e.g. 30 mins, 60 mins, 90 mins.
Note to Tesla Powerwalls with Amber: Ensure your battery is in the ‘Self Powered’ operational mode in your Tesla app. If this mode is not selected, this can conflict with Amber’s ability to optimise your battery and your capacity to use manual battery controls in the Amber app.
Your manual control options include:
- By opting to dispatch your battery, you are directing your battery to discharge energy. The goal of this is to export energy to the grid. Energy discharged from your battery will first be consumed by appliances in your home, with the remainder exported to the grid. Energy exported to the grid will be sold at the current market price.
Example use case: You’ve seen a price spike in the app and you want to sell your power to make an extra buck. Hit dispatch and watch your earnings tick up!
- By opting to charge your battery, you can top up your battery’s reserve levels from the grid at times when you need some extra power.
Example use case: You’re having some friends over for a Sunday lunch in the winter time. You want them to feel warm and cosy, so you decide to keep some extra power in your battery for use to keep the electric heater going when they arrive.
- Hit Preserve Battery to ensure that your battery’s stored energy doesn’t dip below the current level for a certain period of time. Preserve Battery essentially cuts off your battery from your home and solar system, ensuring all excess solar gets sent to the grid, and you use grid energy for any home energy usage during that period.
Example use case: Perhaps you’ve seen some bad weather on the horizon, and you’re nervous there could be a blackout, so you want to maintain your battery’s current level of charge. Alternatively, it’s early morning and you want to send your excess solar generation to the grid and get a higher FiT, rather than later when they may drop as the amount of solar in the grid rises.
Another use case is for those with EVs, who can use Preserve Charge to avoid their EV draining their battery when it charges. Preserve Charge allows you to stop the energy in your battery getting transferred to their EV during charging, so you can instead choose to charge your EV from the grid when it’s green and cheap.
- Consume Battery stops SmartShift™ from charging your battery from the grid or discharging it to the grid. In other words, it makes your battery operate in self-consumption mode - its standard mode of operating. If your household energy consumption is greater than your solar generation, you’ll consume energy from the battery. If your solar generation is more than your energy consumption, your solar will get stored in your battery.
Example use case: Select Consume Battery if you don't want to charge from the grid, or discharge to the grid, but you still want to use your battery.
Note: After you deploy any of these control features, your battery will revert back to its daily automation plan. However, the plan will now dynamically adjust to take into account the impact of your intervention, ensuring that the new state of your battery is taken into account as it looks for the best way to minimise your energy costs for the rest of the day.
See a forecast of your impact right away
When using any of these controls, you will see a forecast of the impact that your intended action is likely to have - in terms of the cost or earnings.
You’ll also have the power to cancel the action at any time after you hit go, and at the end, you can see a summary of the impact.
And you’ve got the power to toggle Amber for Batteries automation on and off at will via your SmartShift™ settings. And at any time you can choose to simply sit back and let Amber for Batteries do its thing, driven by Amber’s SmartShift™ automation tech.
Note: Control actions need five mins to come into effect as the battery plan is updated. In the near future, control actions will be executed immediately.