ACCEL LAB Ltd. was established in July 2017 as a Japanese developer and provider of smart home applications. The company’s proprietary “Smart Life Platform” provides users with smart home services using the “Smart Home as a Service” business model. Users will be able to automatically or remotely control their smart home devices through the client-developed application “SpaceCore.” SpaceCore supports controlling devices from 17 different manufacturers and 20+ types of smart home devices, making it one of the most comprehensive applications on the market in terms of device compatibility. As of December 2021, there are 18,000 actual users who have downloaded the app, with a MAU (monthly active users ratio) of 67.7%, higher than Japan’s Facebook MAU (56.1%).
The Japanese government has proposed reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 46% by 2030 and reaching carbon neutrality by 2050 in response to global warming. To achieve this vision, the Japanese government announced in 2021 that new buildings should meet the energy-saving standards of the ZEH (Zero-emission House) after 2030. Among them, those who install solar photovoltaic equipment need to reach 60%, and actively allocate ZEH subsidy funds to implement policies. Since the ZEH assessment criteria are three major elements of energy saving, new energy and heat insulation, under the trend of vigorous policy promotion, how to utilize Home Energy Management (HEMS) to visualize energy consumption and increase awareness of energy saving, and effectively manage solar energy and fuel cell New energy equipment such as batteries and battery chargers for electric vehicles have become key to the development of smart homes.
The government has included energy visualization and equipment control features as criteria for the ZEH subsidy application. In order to implement HEMS features within existing smart home applications, it is necessary to build an energy device networking architecture and perform data collection and control of devices.
HEMS features will be supported in the existing SpaceCore smart home application starting in May 2022. Since NextDrive energy gateways are light and can be installed retrospectively, the new features will be widely promoted in various forms of new and existing residential buildings, which can improve the comfort and convenience of users’ living space, and help users apply for ZEH subsidies. In the future, SpaceCore HEMS functions will be promoted by cooperating with real estate companies and contractor stores.
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