What's the difference between Amber for Batteries' two automation modes?

Follow

Amber for Batteries gives you a choice of two automation modes, depending on your preferences.

Earnings Optimiser 

This assertive mode is all about getting you maximum value for your battery’s energy. In Earnings Optimiser, your battery pays close attention to changes in wholesale energy prices, continuously hunting for opportunities to make the most of price fluctuations. 

The price threshold at which your battery will avoid charging from the grid in Earnings Optimiser mode is higher than it is in Battery Booster, and the FiT at which it will avoid discharging to the grid is lower, meaning interaction with the grid could happen more times throughout the day. The goal is to earn you more from your energy set-up and drive down your costs. 

Every time SmartShift generates a daily plan for your device in Earnings Optimiser mode, it will assume your battery can be fully charged and discharged up to twice per day. 

Battery Booster

In Battery Booster mode, SmartShift prioritises maintaining your stored battery power, only exporting when there’s a significant premium to be made. Forecast FiTs have to be higher than they are in Earnings Optimiser for your battery to feed into the grid.

Your battery looks for opportunities to cheap charge your battery from the grid, so you’ll have cheap green energy stored when you need it - however, the price threshold at which it will stop charging from the grid is lower than in Earnings Optimiser. 

Note: No matter which automation mode you select, SmartShift will not discharge your battery if it has less than 25% energy left. However you can still self-consume your battery energy below this threshold. 

Was this article helpful?
71 out of 76 found this helpful

Comments

8 comments
  • Hi Alison and all,

    Can you switch between Battery Booster and Earning Optimiser? For example, give one setting a run for 3 months and then change to the other for 3 months.
    Kind regards
    Steve

    1
    Comment actions Permalink
  • Hi Steve - yes you can! You can switch really easily and as often as you want.

    1
    Comment actions Permalink
  • Thanks Alison

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • Hi
    We have a capped daily feed in of 5kwh
    Would earnings optimiser not be as effective for us?

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • If there is sufficient PV to charge the battery AND provide the power to run the house, why woud Amber look for lower price ranges to charge the battery when PV cost is $0.00. We are able to run off-grid often for weeks at a time.
    Mark

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • Is there a battery simulator which would calculate the the $$ benefits of having a battery and also calculate a ROI for the battery

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • My daily usage went from 1-2 dollars a day to 6 dollars a day after registering the batteries have tried to contact to discuss but have had no response by email or phone. And it doesn’t seem to be using my battery when they are charging 60c kw when my battery is full

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • There are some major shortcomings when the PV capacity is able to charge your battery easily and also provide the bulk of the power needed to run the house during the day.

    It buys power when PV power is available at maximum battery charging rate for $0 (zero cost).

    This also can increase the monthly facility charges which are based on the highest download rate for the month .

    So far I have to control my system manually and have it off grid except when selling power to the grid (Feed in).

    So far I have had no satisfactory response to my related questions raised over the last 3 months.

    Very disappointing!!!

    Mark Gardner

    0
    Comment actions Permalink

Article is closed for comments.