Carina Technology


Delivering the next generation of demand flexibility
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WISE INFORMATION SOLUTION FOR ENERGY

Carina’s WISE™ solution provides demand flexibility to generators, distributors, and customers by making water heaters of any size grid-interactive while maintaining zero customer discomfort.

By combining insights gleaned from years of data, real-time control applications, and sophisticated M&V analytics, Carina can streamline grid operations to conserve and manage energy intelligently.

WISE™ FEATURES

  • Easy installation on new or existing water heaters.
  • Real-time monitoring/control through web applications
  • Real-time bidirectional communication via CDMA cellular, Wi-Fi, or other options
  • Modular design allows up to three different WAN or LAN communications modules
  • Will work through a home automation gateway using short-range wireless (HomePlug, Wi-Fi, Zigbee, or custom modules)
  • Integrated metering functionality
  • Remotely upgradeable firmware
  • Use on any size water heater

WISE™ FUNCTIONALITY

  • Use 5-15 minute metered interval data to characterize usage patterns by w/h type, usage, temperature drop, etc.
  • Calculate and take advantage of available energy storage in individual or groups of water heaters in real time for grid management
  • Group by electrical circuit to relieve transmission and/or distribution lines and reduce losses
  • Shift energy from the peak and store the shifted energy into the valleys of the daily load curve automatically
  • Currently working on frequency regulation, economic and operational optimization


Economic, Operational, and Environmental benefits

GENERATOR

  • Power generator: Benefits EE, DR, FR, and generation planning
  • Green and helps meet energy efficiency and carbon reduction mandates
  • Reduces peak demand – flattens daily load shape every day
  • Store ability allows efficient and economic utilization of generation assets – avoids plant turndowns by providing valley fill opportunity
  • Utilizes real time frequency regulation to help manage changes in the grid due to new solar and wind generation
  • Generation avoidance – virtual power plant – meets 10-year capacity planning
  • Avoids artificial rebound with intelligent feathering
  • Defers capital investments in new or expanded generation facilities
  • Large volumes of aggregated WISE™ units can relieve overloaded circuits and reduce line losses

DISTRIBUTORS

  • Green and helps meet energy efficiency mandates
  • Helps manage monthly demand charge by shifting load out of peak hour (98%)
  • Shifts water heater load outside of time of use (TOU) billing period (94%)
  • Minimal margin loss from energy sales
  • Increases participation and retention rates with “Zero Discomfort” feature
  • Mitigation of artificial rebound through intelligent feathering
  • Can receive incentives from the generator for frequency regulation, store, and valley fill
  • It is a viable carbon reduction strategy and reduces carbon emissions daily
  • Shift twice per day to ensure peak is captured in spring and fall

CONSUMERS

  • Green and helps meet energy efficiency mandates for generator and distributor
  • Reduces CO2 emissions daily
  • Reduction in energy usage due to elimination of several maintenance events
  • Zero Discomfort – No inconvenience or behavioral changes necessary
  • Automatically shifts water heater energy load outside of TOU – Saves money daily
  • Helps keep rates down for generator and for distributor
  • Available incentives for participating in multiple programs
  • Reductions in replacement water heaters with some free programs
  • Proactive notification of water heater maintenance problems

Typical daily usage and control for two working adults

Two flexible control periods per day

100% shift peak hour 92% shift TOU (8-10 hours) 2.5kWh summer, 3.5kWh winter Fill – 4.5 kW, 29-45min

Carina FlexPay™ provides utility companies with a unique opportunity to receive payment days or even weeks before services are rendered. With FlexPay™, any utility can provide flexible payment solutions while empowering customers to better self-manage energy usage.

Carina FlexPay™ can provide consumption, balance, and rate information to customers in real time via smart phone app, email, or text message. This unprecedented transparency increases customer engagement and satisfaction.

Carina offers standalone real time M&V and will automatically reconcile (typically monthly) with the billing system to incorporate new rates, fees, or additional services. FlexPay™ can integrate into existing billing, mapping, and outage management systems. Daily rates for fixed services including rental agreements, private lights, service availability fees, and enrollment fees are calculated at the meter and deducted hourly or daily.

The utility maintains control of the meter, exceeds due process requirements, and maintains flexibility to reschedule disconnects during inclement weather days. Multiple services can be added to the prepay account including water, cable, internet and telephone.

UTILITY BENEFITS

  • Receive revenue up front
  • Fully integrated billing and metering system
  • Fully integrated remote payment system
  • Always-available two-way communication with the meter
  • Tampering notification
  • Reduce bad debt write-off and energy theft
  • Reduce costs and time associated with collections
  • Real time consumption available to utility – grid and customer level
  • Integrated visual and audio due process notification
  • Integrated current limiting for life support and other no cut-off accounts
  • Results in a positive image of the utilities to the customer, PSC, and advocacy groups
  • Customers are in control and no one visits the house

CUSTOMER BENEFITS:

  • Real-time payments can be made with cash, online, or through a smart phone
  • Convenient pay stations – almost all within 10 minutes driving
  • Eliminate reconnect fees and large deposits
  • Eliminate large unexpected bills – budget power like any other bill
  • Reduces need for third-party access to property
  • Customers normally save about 19% on their monthly bills with prepay
  • Customers can take control of their utility bill with real time information on rates, balance, and usage
  • Low balance alerts via text messages, emails, or push notifications
  • Total visibility through the Carina FlexPay™ app

Carina Technology saw the need for real time information and lots of it during the AMI Smartgrid boom for 900 mhz AMI 8-10 years ago. When federal smart grid money was readily available to large utilities, there was an explosion of AMI companies trying to capture the meter reading market which resulted in many utilities choosing the older slower 900 mhz communication technology. Carina working with one of its core customers developed and patented a fiber to the home solution which would power the ONT or charge the battery from the meter base and provide a very large communication pipe to take millions of rows of data and perform analytics in real time on the mass amount of data. This real time avaibility of large amounts of data resulted in new analytics to provide real time solutions to utilities to save money and run their systems more efficiently. It recognized that in the future multiple appliances will provide billions of rows of data in real time that need to be analyzed to make changes to the grid within seconds. It looks like the right decision was made, as many utilities are now installing fiber or partnering with telephone and cable companies to get this real time information to manage the grid.

Carina knew that everything at the house would eventually impact the grid at the generation, transmission and distribution network levels. With the continued growth of solar and wind, the future grid needed to be managed in real time with an extremely fast communication platform and the software that had the ability to make changes on the grid instantly all the way down to frequency regulation at the water heater in just a few seconds 24/7. The FTTH solution was that solution that could take miilions of rows of information and instantly transform them to workable solutions on managing the grid. Not only did the grid have to be managed in real time with real time communication, utilities demanded that the M&V solutions had to measure everything that was done in seconds.

FEATURES:

Power the ONT – by powering the ONT or charging the battery on the outside of the house, utilities can avoid the high cost of permits to run power from the inside of the house and problems with getting access to change out batteries that are located inside the house. This savings of $80-$100 per installation can help the ROI of the fiber system to read meters and perform demand side management, since fiber revenues and costs are required to be kept separate from electric revenues and costs.

Address Energy Initiatives - With the continual growth of solar and wind and new energy efficiency mandates, it is necessary to react in real time to manage changes on the grid. New energy environmental regulations require real time information from multiple appliances in each home with analytics to manage all of them.

Take Control - Instantly transform the vast amount of data into meaningful solutions to manage the grid utilizing the high speed, high bandwidth fiber and the CarinaPoint software.

Create Value - These analytics can create multiple new value streams to more efficiently manage control systems that save utilities and consumers money daily and sometimes on an hourly basis.

Get Smart – New apps are coming out daily, but utilities must have a communications system capable of handling all the data on a continual basis.

  • Our CarinaPoint™ solution is vital in voltage and power quality control programs
  • In reducing line losses by having real time load on transformers and circuits
  • Meter data management – Broadband AMI
  • Remote disconnect/reconnect
  • FlexPay™ on multiple services including electric, gas, water, cable, internet, telephone and fixed charges
  • Voltage and load profiling down to the minute or even seconds
  • Outage management with GIS connectivity to reduce customer outage time
  • Demand side management with ancillary services to manage the frequency regulation of the grid
  • Analytics to evaluate mass amounts of data and automatically make changes to the grid
With Carina’s broadband solution, customers are presented an inherently future-proof system and can easily migrate to new innovative applications using the broadband communications platform and the CarinaPoint™ software.