Material and design solutions for future-focused residential power systems
The future of home energy
Energy instability concerns are increasing, so homeowners are considering new ways to secure their home energy needs. Photovoltaic panel installations on homes, especially in Germany and America, gained massive popularity over the past decade due to tax incentives and “no money out” business models. More recently, the cost of uninterruptable power by means of battery backup systems has allowed consumers to take a holistic and integrated approach to meeting their home energy demands. These systems tend to be cumbersome in nature given the complex wiring and many enclosures, are minimally scalable due to custom solutions, and lack the appealing aesthetics demanded by consumers.
The residential power management market is accelerating through a design and engineering inflection point. Our integrated system and storage concept provides manufacturers a clear path towards achieving home energy independence coupled with a next-generation user experience.
Material solutions for design and functionality
Covestro, a major provider of engineering plastics solutions to the electrical and electronics markets, and the leading global supplier of polycarbonates, seeks ways to overcome inherent design challenges in residential power management systems. Based on input from industry and design experts, Covestro presents energy storage and power management concepts that solve for scalability, modularity, safety, aesthetics, and sustainability.
Understanding the need
Covestro is uniquely positioned to address the application and material requirements for power management equipment, specifically in the growing residential sector. From thermal management to fire and electrical safety, to environmental and sustainability factors, to human-machine interface and design considerations, Covestro experts stand ready to help manufacturers build life-changing devices for consumers. Potential solutions discussed herein are of great interest to industrial designers, mechanical and electrical design engineers, product managers and UX experts.
- Durability and Toughness Suitable for impact resistant enclosures for both indoors and outdoors
- Thermal management Integrated passive cooling allowing for unlimited design freedom
- Safety Compliant with UL 94, V-0 and 5VA flame requirements
- Electronics integration Seamless display and smart surface functions at the human-machine interface
- Sustainability Design and engineering solutions for material reduction and maximum recyclability