December 2022 saw our very first online event for installers, Easee ElectriCon. During the event we shared the latest developments at Easee, such as the introduction of solar charging and the Equalizer Amp - which enables load balancing on a traditional meter. Below you’ll find an overview of all the questions asked during the event and - of course - the answers.
How do you see the future of the charging stations with a capacity rate or dynamic rates after 1 January?
We are aware of the upcoming capacity load, at the moment we do not have an exact solution, but the charger/rectifier can be set to never charge above a maximum current to reduce maximum consumption.
Have you responded to the new regulations in Belgium?
We support the loop-through principle but the installer is responsible to follow local laws and regulations.
Is there also a bi-directional type charger?
For now, we do not have a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charger.
How is it possible to daisy-chain chargers after the AREI has changed requirements?
Our advice is always to follow local regulations. Our product supports the loop-through principle, but the installer is responsible for delivering a market-compliant installation.
Is there Modbus-TCP connectivity?
We currently supply an Equalizer with a Modbus-ready adapter. Many, if not most, smart meters that are fully supported by the Equalizer operate on Modbus specifications.
For more information, please send a request to: https://support.easee.com/hc/nl/requests/new
Will an adapted differentiation be provided at the charging point? This is for the higher cost of adjusting the electricity cabinet with adapted differentiation based on AREI.
This is something we cannot answer at this time. We are researching what the modifications are going to be, and if they are going to take place.
Is the Amp available up to 100A?
The Equalizer Amp is currently supported up to 100A using CT-clamps.
Do they use CT Clamps or Rogowski coils?
The Equalizer Amp is suitable for both CT clamps and Rogowski coils. Currently the Equalizer Amp is shipped with three clamps. For 1-phase installations, only one clamp is used.
Does the Amp also work at 3x230V?
The Amp is able to measure on 3-phase using the CT terminals. The Amp can be connected using a C7 plug connection.
How does communication between Equalizer and the charging station work?
For Equalizer Amp WiFi is required. Communication is done through WiFi. Radio frequencies are present but only as a fallback measure. When the system is using RF you will not have app functionality or firmware updates, and only one circuit is supported.
Can the Equalizer be replaced by another EMS to check the charging station?
Unfortunately, we cannot answer this as we have no experience with this. We only know about our products. We have no support for third-party EMS and we do not help troubleshoot.
Is Equalizer Amp available now?
The Amp will be available in Q1 of 2023.
Where does the Amp take its power from?
The Amp has a socket for a regular (C7) plug on the bottom.
Why doesn't Easee use two-way flushing? (IMM PV)
The Amp and Equalizer hardware both support 2-way coils, however the software is not yet ready for this. We are working to make this available as soon as possible in Q1 2023.
Are CT clamps 4,5,6 for solar panel production?
Yes. These clamps are for solar panels.
Will the Modbus meter clutch now be canceled on Equalizer?
No, this will continue to be supported.
Is a training and feedback session specifically for experienced installers for highly experienced technicians/installers available?
We are working on this behind the scenes! More on this in the near future.
Is this 6A on 1-phase or 3-phase?
Both. From the moment 6A is available, the charger will start charging.
Does the charger go back to loading at 1-phase if there is a 1-phase PV installation?
If there is a 1-phase PV installation, then the charger will charge in 1-phase mode when in solar mode.
What is the sale price of the AMP?
We do not yet have a price for the Equalizer Amp.
How does it measure how much amperage is free from the PV?
Amperage is measured by CT clamps. Rogowski coils will be available in the very near future.
Is the Amp also a solution for the smart meters that do not communicate with the Equalizer? Or is there another solution for that?
The Amp will indeed be a solution for smart meters that are not supported by the Equalizer.
What is the second RJ port on the Amp for?
This will depend on what customers want. If there is enough demand for an RJ45 port we will look into this. Otherwise, there is currently no RJ45 support.
Can you read the Amp with Modbus?
For now, the Amp will not offer Modbus support.
If the loading cable is too thin, will the charging station indicate that or will it go to safety position?
If the charging cable has a certain rating, the charger will never start charging more than this rating. For example a 16A charging cable, the data cable that is in an ALAD cable communicates with the charger and will pass on the value that the cable supports.
Can a Modbus meter be used with Modbus-compliant meters, without the communication cable?
We have a Modbus ready cable available for the Equalizer. This cable can be used for Modbus-supported meters.
Is there a charging station that can be connected to UTP (RJ45) for low- to no-signal locations, such as underground garages?
No, we will not release a charger with a UTP cable in the near future.
More questions are answered in our broader Equalizer Amp FAQ.