We have several help resources available for existing service users:
EV Charger User Guide (PDF)
You may also find answers to some of your questions below but please get in touch by email if not: powershaper [AT] carbon.coop
All installation and equipment is provided for free as part of the PowerShaper demonstrator project.
The installation is made up of 2 phases.
First, our electrical contractor partners will visit and install the electrical equipment. The time this takes varies depending on how much work is required. You will be contacted by the contractors directly to arrange this visit.
This will be followed up by a visit from a Carbon Co-op technician to explain how everything works and to install the Home Energy Management System (HEMS). We aim to complete these visits in under an hour. The technician will also commission the equipment installed by our partner electrical contractors and test it is in full working order. This second visit should be scheduled to take place within 7-14 days of the installation.
We operate a COVID Safe Working Policy based on guidance from the UK government and Health and Safety Executive. Our technicians will undertake a risk assessment prior to visiting your home and implement appropriate measures. Our policy and any risk assessment we complete in relation to visiting your home is available on request.
Our partner electrical contractors operate their own procedures but we expect them to adhere to public health guidance.
You will need to prepare for some disruption during the process of the installation as would be expected during any work on your electrics. In some situations the electrical contractors may need to turn off the power to your home for a short period of time but they will warn you about this before it happens. You will also need to ensure you’re able to comply with the Covid-19 Risk Mitigation guidelines to ensure the safety of yourself, contractors, and our staff.
We install a HEMS (Home Energy Management System) in your home near the energy smart appliances that are going to be controlled. In addition to the HEMS, our Partner Contractors may need to install new energy smart appliances, such as an immersion heater or EV charger, unless you already have compatible appliances in which case only the HEMS would be required.
The system is a tiny computer - currently a Raspberry Pi.
This device is installed near a plug for power and preferably near to your internet router. If we cannot connect it near your internet router we may use a powerline adapter to take the connection back to your router. It connects to the internet using your internet connection but otherwise operates on a separate secure network.
When you plug the HEMS in, it creates a new secure wifi network called something like "ccoop-hems-XXXX." Carbon Co-op uses this secure wifi network to connect the energy smart appliances - for example the immersion switch, EV charger etc. We create a separate network for reasons of security to help ensure that no one else can access and interfere with your energy smart appliances. We also believe this is more reliable as it ensures that the weakest link in the chain of devices is at the end rather than in the middle. You can connect to this network if you want using the password provided during installation. This password is unique to your installation and secret.
Your smart meter communicates as normal with the national smart metering system. We access your smart meter through the national system rather than in your home. In order to allow us to access your meter you need to authorise this. For more information if you are a Member, or enrolled on PowerShaper as a non-member, please login to the Carbon Co-op hub: https://hub.carbon.coop
Please note that as a Member you can also sign up separately for the Smart Meter Service https://carbon.coop/portfolio/smart-meter-data-service/, which enables you to access and visualise your energy usage.
The grid, much like the road network, has a certain capacity. At certain times it becomes more congested, usually when everyone gets home from work in the evening and starts turning things on for cooking and heating. The grid operators who are responsible for the distribution of power to our homes have to ensure that supply and demand is balanced and no parts of the grid become overloaded. With the introduction of electric vehicles there is a lot of concern that parts of the grid may become overloaded and/or that supply will struggle at some times to meet demand (and even that demand will sometimes not be able to absorb all the supply from renewables). Our service is designed to help grid operators to make sure this doesn’t happen. So in a way you are helping to keep the grid up and running!
You can always opt-out of any specific event through the dashboard. You will be given plenty of notice about when an event is happening and you will not be penalised for not participating.
To opt out of the PowerShaper event, you will simply need to log into the PowerShaper dashboard, and select opt out. All the appliances that we install also have a means to manually override the automatic control. This is either a button or a switch depending on what is installed.
You will receive email updates about the service after your equipment has been installed and then notifications (by whatever method you choose) when a PowerShaper event is going to happen which will switch on/ off your appliances.
We will try to use data from your smart meter to verify that devices have been switched on/off. Otherwise we will verify this using data collected from the appliances themselves.
Get in contact with email@example.com and we will endeavour to fix the issue. Failing this, and if appropriate,we will arrange for a Carbon Coop technician to visit you, at your convenience.
We provide reports for each event you participate in. You can view this by logging into the PowerShaper dashboard.
We will try to send these several days in advance of an event occurring.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call .
One of our goals is to operate the system in such a way that you do not even notice that it is doing anything. But if you want to check to see what has happened you can login to your account to see which events you participated in.
Yes you can keep the EV charger. Or we can replace it with another one for free.
If you want to continue to be part of the Power Shaper service beyond this initial project you don’t need to do anything. We will keep you on the system and let you know of future opportunities to participate.
If you want the equipment removed at the end of the project we would expect this to be completed within 2 months. This will fall within the time frame of the start of 2021.
You need to complete the enrolment process which asks some questions about the types of appliances you have in your home. https://hub.carbon.coop/powershaper/enrol/
You will need to be able to complete a pre-installation phone-call, 24 hours prior to your appointment. A member of the Carbon Co-op team will make this call which consists of a short Covid-19 questionnaire.
You will need to arrange access to your home for our partner electrical contractors and technicians on two occasions.
In order to receive the second incentive voucher you need to complete a survey at the end of the project.
You will receive your first payment of £150 once we have installed the HEMS unit and any other equipment. You will receive the second payment of £150 at the end of the demonstrator project when you have completed the exit survey.
No, the Power Shaper service is supplier agnostic. It doesn’t matter where you get your power, only what we do with it! The only reason you might want to switch your supplier is if your current supplier cannot provide you with a working smart meter which is required for our system to verify that a demand reduction has occurred. We can still run the project without a Smart Meter present, however it is better for us (and you!) that you have one.
When you enrol we collect personal information about you and your home or we use data you have already provided as a member of Carbon Co-op. We collect this data for the purpose of being able to provide you the PowerShaper service and related services (such as the smart meter data service) and for evaluating the performance of the overall system.
We also collect what is called ‘telemetry’ or monitoring data from the equipment that we install e.g. the HEMS. This data is pseudo-anonymised at the point of collection and is only used for the purpose of ensuring the system is working properly and for evaluating the performance and efficacy of the overall PowerShaper system. It is possible we would also want to use this data for research or promotional purposes but we would always seek your explicit consent before doing this.
The HEMS is essentially a Raspberry Pi 3. When idle (which it will be most of the time) it consumes around 2W and when under heavy load it uses around 5W. In a year we estimate it would use around 20kWh or £3 of electricity at current prices. About the same as a small LED bulb. Hopefully the £300 voucher compensates you for this extra power use!
The other equipment we install has even lower standby power, too little to worry about! However, if you have any concerns about big increases in electricity use please inform us immediately as it could be indication of a fault with the equipment.
This refers to a complete EV charger.
All contractors that Carbon Co-op partner with are accredited electrical professionals and should provide you with appropriate certification.
Yes, the charger is rated to provide up to 7kW on single-phase or up to 21kW on three-phase.
Enrolment, attend PowerShaper Webinar and PowerShaper Q & A Monthly Sessions (optional) Receive Welcome Pack
Installation Phase 1
Participants receive email to arrange installation 1.
Installation Phase 1* is for Electric Vehicle users to have a smart charger fitted.
Participants Receive a feedback form after Installation Phase 1 is complete.
Participants receive an email to arrange installation 2.
1-2 weeks after Installation Phase 1,a Home Energy Management System is installed, by Carbon Co-op’s technician. This is the final Phase of Installation Process.
Installation Phase 1 continued
Installation Phase 2 begins
Focus Group Events
Phase 1: Participants with Electric Immersion heaters receive communications to arrange installation of their Smart controller.
Participants Receive follow up feedback form to enable evaluation and set up Second Appointment for HEMS.
1-2 weeks after Installation Phase 1, a Home Energy Management System is installed, by Carbon Co-op’s technician. This is the final Phase of Installation Process.
September - November
Installation Phase 2 continued
Enhanced Dissemination Activities
Focus Group Events
Installations continue and start testing full production system with limited subset of participants.
November - February
Enhanced Dissemination Activities
Focus Group Events
Demand side response campaigns take place. Requests are sent periodically to participants Home Energy Management Systems to turn devices on/off.
Deinstallations begin (if participants don't want to continue).
First demonstrator project ends (but PowerShaper continues!).