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Birmingham business clinches £175,000 deal for smartphone app

The app could make homes more energy efficient

Surplus energy from solar panels could power household appliances

A firm in Birmingham is hoping to help householders to power their home with renewable energy at a touch of a button - thanks to a new smartphone app.

The app is the brainchild of LightwaveRF, based at Innovation Birmingham Campus.

It will see people with solar panels being able to control their heating, lighting and home appliances using the app - whether they are at home or away.

Up to now, renewable energy users can only stand by while surplus energy is fed back into the electricity grid.

But now householders will be able to send surplus energy from their rooftop solar panels directly to their washing machine or any other electrical device by using the app.

And from the summer the app will be used by homes Down Under after LightwaveRF clinched a £175,000 deal with Apricus - the Australian arm of renewable energy innovator Power Diverter. It brings the Birmingham company’s current order books to over £1.2 million.

Mike Lord, chief executive of LightwaveRF, said: “The partnership with Power Diverter is immensely exciting and opens up a whole new world of energy control for smart home owners.

“It’s also a fantastic demonstration of how smart technology is helping to increase energy efficiency at a time when action is needed to increase renewable electricity sources and reduce our carbon footprint.

“We’re absolutely delighted to be working with Power Diverter and developing our presence in the Australian market.”

Daniel Lawes, Power Diverter’s managing director, added: “We have been very impressed with the reliability and ease of use of LightwaveRF technology compared with other possible technology partners.

“There are over 600,000 Solar PV installations in the UK and 1,000,000 in Australia for which the Power Diverter/LightwaveRF product combination is very compelling.”

LightwaveRF was founded by Midlands born-and-bred John Shermer, who has more than 25 years’ experience of developing house automation systems, initially in assisted living for the disabled and elderly, before moving into the Smart Home sector.

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