For homeowners who want to maximise the benefits of operating a Vitovalor or achieve an even greater level of energy independence, a combination with solar PV and a battery storage systems could improve their own usage of generated power by close to 100%. As a result, they can enjoy significantly greater self-sufficiency when it comes to electrical power.
For owners of a Vitovalor, this means that they can increase its already efficient power generation yet further through a range of advanced and innovative products that are designed for simple and seamless integration and exceptional reliability.
Photovoltaic systems absorb solar energy and convert it into usable electricity. In the sunny summer months in particular, a sufficiently sized photovoltaic system with a power storage unit can cover the entire power demand of a household. However, the Vitovalor is a heat led fuel cell, meaning that it only produces power at times when heat is also required. However, not a lot of heat is required in the summer months, which is why the Vitovalor's level of power generation falls during this time.
In combination with a photovoltaic system, the Viessmann system provides the homeowners with sufficient power even on hot days. This standalone power supply not only increases independence from local electricity suppliers, it also significantly reduces electricity costs. After all, the price for self-generated power is much lower than the purchase price set by electricity suppliers for domestic power, currently working out at 15 pence /kWh. Furthermore, on-site power generation is good news for the climate as there are no long transmission lines. Instead, the power required is generated on site. If, in combination with a photovoltaic system, the Vitovalor produces more power than necessary, the surplus power can also be exported to the public grid – or stored in a battery.
In addition to high operating efficiency, all products from Viessmann are extremely intuitive to use. Optionally, they can also be controlled via smartphones and tablets, making them much more convenient to operate and smart home ready. The Viessmann apps required for this are available from both the Google Play Store and the App Store.
In order to increase operational reliability yet further, all heating systems can be controlled with special remote monitoring software. Once a contractor has been assigned, they can access the heating system via the internet and respond immediately in the case of unusual occurrences or faults. This allows system failures to be prevented in advance – saving time and money.