myenergi zappi EV Chargers: The Complete Guide For Ireland

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Company Overview: myenergi


myenergi, a UK based company is keen to emphasise its country of origin. The fast growing electric car charging stations manufacturer describes itself as ‘British made awesomeness’, with a purpose ‘to provide energy independence and drive a sustainable future’. The company was co-founded by Jordan Brompton and Lee Sutton in 2016. The company released its first three products in 2017. The company offers the following renewable energy products, all manufactured in Britain and can be used alongside the zappi EV charger:

  • eddi: solar power diverter
  • harvi: energy harvesting wireless sensor
  • libbi: modular battery storage

Global EV Charging Portfolio: Overview


Overview
Residential EV chargers (AC):Yes
Business EV chargers (AC):Yes
Public EV Chargers (DC):No
Untethered (socket only) EV chargers:Yes
Tethered EV chargers:Yes
Smart EV chargers:Yes
Solar Compatible:Yes
Warranty:3 years
Available via e-zoomed:Yes

PROS CONS
Fast gaining a reputation for good quality EV charge pointsSignificant competition in segment
Solar and compatibleLimited colour options
Manufactured in the U.K.Does not offer DC charging

Residential Charging


Home Charging
Product name:zappi
Smart:Yes
Product range Zappi:7kW (untethered)/ 7kW (tethered)
Prices:From €1,150.95 (including VAT)
Colour options:2

zappi Home EV Charger


zappi Residential EV Chargers Available Via e-zoomed (credit: myenergi)


Key Features zappi Home EV Charging (7kW)
Solar Compatible:Yes
Earthing:No earth rod required: built-in PEN fault
Mobile App:Remote access via myenergi app
Timer Function:Boost timer to set charging times when tariff rates are cheaper
Pincode Protected:Yes
Mounting Location:Indoor or outdoor (permanent mounting)
Charging Protocol:Mode 3 (IEC 61851-1 compliant communication protocol)
DIsplay:Graphical backlit LCD
LED:Front: LED multicolour, according to charge status and current
Charging Current:6A to 32A (variable)
Load Balancing:Dynamic Load Balancing: optional setting to limit current drawn from the unit supply or the grid
Connector Type:Type 2 tethered cable (6.5m) or type 2 socket with locking system
Charging Modes:3 charging modes: ECO, ECO+ & FAST
Compliance:LVD 2014/35/EU, EMC 2014/30/EU, EN 62196, EN 62955:2018 CE certified
Enclosure Dimensions:439 x 282 x 122 mm
Protection Degree:IP65 (weatherproof)
Enclosure Material:ASA
Operating Temperature:-25°C to +40°C
Rated Power:7 kW (1-ph)
Rated Supply Voltage:230V AC Single Phase or 400V AC 3-phase (+/- 10%)
Supply Frequency:50 Hz
Rated Current:32 A max
Standby Power Consumption:3W
Integral Earth Leakage Protection:30mA Type A RCD (EN 61008) + 6mA DC protection (EN 62955)
Economy Tariff Sense:Input 230V AC sensing (4.0kV isolated)
Wireless Interface:868 MHz (proprietary protocol) for wireless sensor and remote monitoring options
Grid Current Sensor: 100A max. primary current, 16mm max. cable diameter
Cable Entry:Rear, bottom or side
Warranty:3 year

Business Charging


Business Charging
Product name:zappi
Smart:Yes
Approved for OLEV grant:Yes
Product range:22kW (untethered)/ 22kW (tethered)
Prices:From €1,199.95 (including VAT)
Colour options:2

zappi Business EV Charger


myenergi Business EV Chargers Available Via e-zoomed (credit: myenergi)


Key Features zappi Business EV Charging (22kW)
Solar Compatible:Yes
Earthing:No earth rod required: built-in PEN fault
Mobile App:Remote access via myenergi app
Timer Function:Boost timer to set charging times when tariff rates are cheaper
Pincode Protected:Yes
Mounting Location:Indoor or outdoor (permanent mounting)
Charging Protocol:Mode 3 (IEC 61851-1 compliant communication protocol)
DIsplay:Graphical backlit LCD
LED:Front: LED multicolour, according to charge status and current
Charging Current:6A to 32A (variable)
Load Balancing:Dynamic Load Balancing: optional setting to limit current drawn from the unit supply or the grid
Connector Type:Type 2 tethered cable (6.5m) or type 2 socket with locking system
Charging Modes:3 charging modes: ECO, ECO+ & FAST
Compliance:LVD 2014/35/EU, EMC 2014/30/EU, EN 62196, EN 62955:2018 CE certified
Enclosure Dimensions:439 x 282 x 122 mm
Protection Degree:IP65 (weatherproof)
Enclosure Material:ASA
Operating Temperature:-25°C to +40°C
Rated Power:22 kW (3-ph)
Rated Supply Voltage:230V AC Single Phase or 400V AC 3-phase (+/- 10%)
Supply Frequency:50 Hz
Rated Current:32 A max
Standby Power Consumption:3W
Integral Earth Leakage Protection:30mA Type A RCD (EN 61008) + 6mA DC protection (EN 62955)
Economy Tariff Sense:Input 230V AC sensing (4.0kV isolated)
Wireless Interface:868 MHz (proprietary protocol) for wireless sensor and remote monitoring options
Grid Current Sensor: 100A max. primary current, 16mm max. cable diameter
Cable Entry:Rear, bottom or side
Warranty:3 year

Solar And EV Charging: An Overview


The benefits of renewable energy, in particular, solar and wind energy, is already well established across Europe, including Ireland, and in other parts of the world. With the increase in sales of electric vehicles (EVs) over the past three years, the advantages of using clean and renewable energy has been further enhanced.

Firstly, on-site renewable energy can be used for powering both Irish business premises and homes. For on-site generation, we have witnessed a significant increase in distributed clean energy generating plants i.e. many commercial buildings and residential buildings have become generators i.e. generating electricity on-site!  Solar roof projects have been popular for such on-site generation installations.

The ongoing war in Ukraine has further amplified the need to develop energy security, not only at a national level, but also at a local level, to include, businesses and households. Those households and businesses that already generate and consume clean energy on-site have been spared the significant onslaught of energy price rise in 2022, which is expected to continue in 2023.

Installing solar panels on-site, mitigates the risks associated with energy price inflation, a significant contributor to costs for a business or a household. On-site renewable energy generation also impacts the environment positively. For those with electric vehicles (EVs), in particular, pure electric vehicles, we strongly encourage the use of renewable energy for EV charging. Of course, we also encourage the use of solar energy for charging a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

Apart from the significant cost benefit i.e. generating renewable energy is a nominal cost per kWh (after initial set-up/ installation costs), to achieve true zero-tailpipe emission electric driving, renewable energy needs to be used for EV charging. This is also known as ‘well-to-wheel’. Just one electric car on the road can save an average of 1.5 million grams of CO2.

The good news for electric car owners is that a number of EV charging stations are now compatible with solar/ wind generation and battery storage. The UK manufacturer myenergi zappi is a good example of a solar/ wind compatible EV charger.

We encourage Irish business and households to adopt an on-site ecosystem of ‘renewable energy-battery storage-EV charging’, to gain the maximum from the advantages of low carbon generation and zero-emission electric driving. Bottom-line, renewable energy is good for the environment and the wallet!


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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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