ABB, Lumin Work Towards Energy Efficiency

The two firms join hands to accelerate the development of accessible home energy management solutions
Staff Reporter | USA | Facilities Management

Tech major ABB has announced that it is investing in Lumin, a US-based provider of responsive energy management solutions, to bring new smart and sustainable technologies to homes in North America. Lumin’s platform enables electrification upgrades without changing the home’s existing electrical panel. It provides insights into behind-the-meter consumption data and dynamically shifts loads to support the energy transition for communities.

ABB led the strategic investment with participation from Lumin's primary institutional investor, Carbon Drawdown Collective, and its other incumbent investors. The investment by ABB Electrification’s Smart Buildings Division in Lumin enables them to develop a joint offering to accelerate and optimise accessible home energy management.

Lumin offers leading-edge homeowner and installer hardware and software solutions that complement ABB’s robust residential portfolio. This collaboration will bring new innovations to the North American residential energy sector that support the safe, smart, and sustainable electrification of both new and existing homes. A first joint offering is expected to come to market in early 2024.

“Our focus is on meeting the growing demand for integrated, easy to use, flexible products and solutions to help customers effectively manage their energy usage and lower energy costs as fast as possible,” said Mike Mustapha, President of ABB Electrification’s Smart Buildings Division. “This latest collaboration is a testament not just to our commitment to the North American residential sector, but to strengthening customer value through partnerships globally. The data gathered through this partnership will hone future product innovation as customer needs evolve.”

Globally, buildings contribute to 40% of total energy consumption, emphasising the crucial role they play in the push towards electrification. In the US, the residential sector alone accounts for about 21% of the country’s total annual energy consumption, a number set to surge with the on-going shift toward electrification and decarbonisation. Intelligent load management is vital for meeting the surging energy demand to increase sustainability, efficiency and lower emissions.

The investment helps expand ABB’s ecosystem of innovation partners developing solutions that support decarbonisation and energy efficiency. Since 2009, ABB has made investments of around $400 million from its venture capital arm that are aligned with its electrification, robotics, automation, and motion portfolio.

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