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Armada Power Load Control Designed With Customer in Mind

Randy Sukow / Jan 25, 2021

NRTC and Armada Power, a Columbus, OH, smart technology developer, have reached a partnerhsip agreement to offer Armada’s water heater management and thermal storage solutions to NRTC members. After its evaluation of the product, NRTC is impressed by Armada technology that puts home consumers first. The system’s demand response capabilities also save money. Armada estimates households can save $80 to $183 annually.

“NRTC is focused on partnering with cutting-edge providers who can help us fulfill our mission of delivering innovative technology solutions to our members across America,” said Greg Bartolomei, NRTC’s president, Smart Grid Solutions.  Our collaboration with Armada Power offers our members a noninvasive way to save their members money through demand management.”

Armada Power’s approach is to connect multiple water heaters with the company’s Optimizer devices (pictured) and aggregate the data from each water heater into a larger demand-management system. The system operates on the Armada Power’s FleetCommander software platform. Armada configures the system for various scenarios, including for multiple households in cooperation and direct sales to individuals.

Working with electric cooperatives, the water heater control system can integrate with other demand response applications. Installation requires an electrician or co-op technician and is usually done in 15 to 20 minutes. Armada also is working on a smart phone interface for release later this year.

“We are the industry leader in non-invasive load shifting technology that enables co-ops to reduce their costs to serve members and improves reliability as new sources of generation evolve,” said Armada Power President Timothy Harper. “Co-op members will also see benefits like leak detection, maintenance alerts and lower energy bills.”

NRTC members who would like to learn more about Armada Power solutions can contact Nathan Holland at nholland@nrtc.coop or call their NRTC regional business managers.
 


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