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Amber Solutions Introduces Energy Traffic Controller

Solid-state power switch solution with embedded intelligence will enable optimization of a building’s power sources.

Amber Solutions has announced the solid-state-based Energy Traffic Controller with embedded intelligence that enables on-the-fly switching of building electricity sources. The new capability relies on the company’s digital control of electricity to provide state-of-the-art electricity management.

“Amber’s solid-state upgrade to 1950’s-era building electrical is much more than a modernization of outlets and light switches,” says Amber founder and CEO Thar Casey. “It is the fundamental integration of state-of-the-art intelligence throughout a building’s electrical grid and endpoints. Our new Energy Traffic Controller application is a leading example of the technology’s disruptive nature, enabling the ability to intelligently and, automatically, alternate sources of power to reduce costs, maximize efficiency, and guarantee steady power.”

The small footprint device would be installed next to the circuit breaker box to enable understanding of a building’s energy demand and available electricity sources, thereby supporting autonomous source optimization. It would empower data crunching for dynamic decision making, using metrics such as the price and stability of grid energy during peak hours, the availability of solar power and the current charge level on any connected battery backups. Crucially, the Energy Traffic Controller would also work in concert with a range of planned Amber powered solid-state building electrical solutions, especially Amber’s retrofittable smart solid-state circuit breaker.

Amber’s Energy Traffic Controller design enables bi-directional current regulation and adaptive line synchronization to manage multiple simultaneous input sources. An internal energy discriminator uses real-time data to determine the best current source of power based on data available from each source, such as current grid energy cost and current usage demand.

On its own, Amber’s Energy Traffic Controller provides upgraded capabilities to any building. When combined with the full range of Amber’s planned solid-state electrical devices, whole-building intelligence enables buildings to be automated, tracked, and optimized directly from the building electrical grid. Such an Amber-powered portfolio would include products like solid-state circuit breakers, light switches, outlets, and LED lighting solutions — essentially every electrical endpoint in buildings.

By leveraging the intelligence of Amber-powered electrical end points, enabling use of more and more IoT sensors and functions, an Amber-powered building will gain more intelligence and capabilities, generate more energy and environmental data insights, and enable even better autonomous and human-driven decision making and control.

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