Power management company Eaton has expanded the residential demonstration area within its Experience Center in Pittsburgh. As vehicle electrification continues to have a cascading impact on energy infrastructure, Eaton installed its latest smart breakers and EV charging infrastructure to show visitors how these technologies can contribute to home energy management strategies for the benefit of the grid.
Eaton’s Experience Centers provide a controlled environment for electrical contractors, builders, utility personnel and homeowners to observe product testing and performance, participate in live demonstrations and training courses, and learn about power management technologies from Eaton experts. The Pittsburgh facility showcases a range of solutions for residential applications, including a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) demonstration system, Eaton Green Motion EV 19.2 kW and 9.6 kW pedestal chargers, and multiple 9.6 kW smart breaker chargers inside and outside the building.
The V2G system demonstrates how homeowners can use bidirectional charging to lower their energy costs and carbon footprints. It includes Eaton enclosures, an eMobility Breaktor and a Bussmann series DC-fused disconnect switch.
“As customer demand grows for safer, smarter and more energy-optimized EV charging solutions, homeowners are turning to qualified electrical contractors, installers and home builders for EV charging infrastructure recommendations, as well as installation and maintenance best practices,” said Dan Carnovale, Director, Eaton Experience Centers. “Our goal is to take the mystery out of electrical power systems from utility substation equipment to the receptacle in your home, all while demonstrating the possibilities of using the Home as a Grid.”
“Given the widespread adoption of homes as energy hubs, Eaton continues to develop solutions to support the stability of electrical power and enable far more flexibility in how and when homeowners use electricity,” said Carnovale. “The residential demonstrations at our Experience Center show real-world requirements that help prepare professionals to support the demands of EV adoption.”