Congratulations Allume Energy who have recently commissioned their first "multiple behind the meter" PV installation, where several apartments share a single solar PV system - using existing smart meters. Cool technology and enabling low cost solar electricity for apartment dwellers - both renters and owners.
The peak body from Australia's electricity distributors, Electricity Networks Australia, together with CSIRO, have recently released their report on the journey to zero net emissions by 2050. Bottom line? It's all do-able and cost effective as long as we set out and follow a reasonable plan "With a clear Roadmap, Australia’s electricity sector can outperform current abatement targets, keep the lights on and deliver lower costs". The requirement for storage (e.g. batteries, pumped hydro) on the grid ends up being less than many people anticipate. Well worth a read.
Having pivoted, practiced and perfected their pitches, the startup teams from MAP 2016 are off to Silicon Valley for the next couple of weeks to pitch to potential investors and clients there. Good luck all, particularly Cam and Nick from Allume and Joep from Shacky, who we've advised and worked with this year.
Relectrify's Valentin Muenzel was nominated by the University of Melbourne to present their unique re-purposing technology for lithium batteries at the Falling Walls conference in Berlin on 9 November this year. A list of the startups who presented is here. Congratulations Valentin and team!
Great to attend the MEI/ Grattan Institute "pathways to decarbonisation" discussion tonight with Dr Sara Bice, Jeremy Bentham (Shell Scenarios), Prof Ross Garnaut and Tony Wood. Some take aways: CCS is dependent on a Carbon price for investment $ (Bentham, Garnaut). Without CCS, there's no future for fossil fuels (and much of Shell's booked reserves are un-burnable). So why is Shell not out there campaigning heavily for a carbon price? Forecasting energy technology mix is virtually impossible to get right (e.g. 5 years ago, geothermal forecast to be leading source of renewable energy in Aust by 2050). But by creating scenarios - or by utilising some of the scenarios created by those with deep pockets such as Shell - we can test some of the policy and strategy options we have today.
Matt and Rhys Sullivan from Hux Connect have simply fabulous technology for monitoring and analysing indoor environment quality - and for presenting this in simple ways that make decision making for facilities managers easy. They've been nominated for an Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating Award and are off to Sydney to the AIRAH Gala. Congratulations team there's a lot of hard work that's gone into this! Looking forward to seeing Hux's next steps.
It was awesome to see the entire MAP2016 contingent pitching at Demo Day 2016. Cam from Allume did the team proud - these guys are going to accelerate the deployment of solar PV into multi unit residential and commercial facilities massively.
It was great to assist with mentoring at Energy Hack 2016 at Carlton Connect Initiative over the weekend of 21-23 October. Startup Daily wrote a good summary of outcomes. Some of these teams may morph and grow into VEI startups?
VEI's Rowan was interviewed by Beyond Zero Emissions on 3CR this week - talking about energy efficiency processes and opportunities for multi unit residential blocks, Smart Blocks, and getting solar PV into such apartment blocks. Lead in to Allume Energy's tech.
We've set this website up at our temporary URL while we get the VEI properly established - establishing the not for profit company etc - which is in turn dependent on finalising the VEI's seed funding sources. In the meantime - welcome, have a look around and if the VEI sounds like it could be the place for you / your startup or your company's energy innovation team, then please submit an expression of interest here!