REGEN Energy™ created EnviroGrid™, a wireless energy management solution that is quickly installed and can cut a property owner’s electric costs 5-10% or more—often the equivalent of one "free" electric bill every year. EnviroGrid™ is based on "swarm logic," the way that bees communicate and coordinate with each other using simple rules.    EnviroGrid™ controllers establish a mesh wireless network. The devices communicate among themselves autonomously. Using their algorithm, the devices spread out energy demand between devices. The result is known as peak demand shaving. Many utilities calculate billing rate based on a combination of maximum consumption and peak demand usage. By reducing peak demand usage and smoothing out demand, substantial energy savings can be realized.

Key Differentiators

Different types of building equipment usually operate in isolation from each other, obeying a single thermostat or a timer that has no knowledge of what else is currently operating in the facility. Since these loads do not communicate with each other, they often operate simultaneously--unnecessarily boosting the highest demand level in a given month, and causing higher than expected bills.   REGEN's solution falls under the umbrella of Smart Grid technologies, which are relatively new. Other microcontrollers are more concerned with preset configurations of lighting and temperature than with the cyclical demand of these devices.

Biomimicry Story

EnviroGrid™ is based on “swarm logic,” the way that bees communicate and coordinate with each other using simple rules.Watch an 8-min video about REGEN.Read a full case study about REGEN in Zygote Quarterly: 

Challenges Solved

Excessive power bills due to non-optimized overlapping power demands; increased pollution due to peak energy demand on the electrical grid; simple management of building energy systems.