Innovation

Meet the stars of this year’s Startupbootcamp

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In 2018, EnergyAustralia’s first-ever Startupbootcamp program helped 10 start-up companies bring game-changing ideas to life, from an AI octopus ready to analyse your data to a mobile power station with humanitarian applications and a renewable-energy funding scheme built with blockchain technology.

 

This year, Startupbootcamp is back to support a new cohort of innovators as they address some of the biggest questions facing the energy industry today. The start-ups are:

 

Builtspace. Canadian start-up Builtspace has created a software platform for large buildings that centralises data about energy usage, maintenance, staff productivity and other aspects of a building’s operation. By bringing together and organising all this information, Builtspace can improve the efficiency and boost the output of buildings.

 

Ecologic Apps. Designed in Australia, Ecologic is an online platform that helps households and businesses assess their energy usage and, where possible, switch over to renewable and energy-efficient alternatives. Users undertake a property audit using the website or mobile app and can then source suppliers within the app for appropriate renewable and energy-efficient products.

 

Elemize. Italian company Elemize is developing a software platform that helps commercial energy storage systems better communicate with the grid and the broader energy market. The Elemize platform uses advanced algorithms to help power producers boost efficiency, profits and customer satisfaction.

 

FOHAT. The ambitious Brazilian start-up FOHAT is harnessing the power of emerging blockchain technology to help residential consumers better interact with energy suppliers and other customers. Using the FOHAT platform, households will be able to buy cheap energy from their own neighbours and even donate the surplus energy from their solar power system to a local school or hospital if they wish.

 

IVCbox. Designed in Kazakhstan, IVCbox is what’s known as a ‘widget’: a small software program that can sit within an existing website and improve its functionality. The IVCbox widget is essentially a video chat platform that allows businesses to talk to their website visitors in real time, improving customer satisfaction.

 

Keewi. Headquartered in California, Keewi is a platform that regulates all aspects of a building’s energy consumption in order to reduce energy waste. Using smart plugs, big data and real-time monitoring, Keewi says it can help businesses achieve a 25% reduction in energy costs without any added work.

 

Nostromo Energy. Pioneering Israeli company Nostromo Energy has developed the IceBrick, a thermal energy storage system that stores energy in water through freezing and discharges it through thawing. The founders reckon it’s the cleanest, safest, most cost-effective energy storage system available today.

 

Power Diverter. Based in South Australia, Power Diverter develops technology that helps solar PV owners make the most of their renewable energy. The Power Diverter hardware detects when excess power from a solar PV system becomes available then automatically diverts this power to the home’s electric hot water tank or air-conditioning system, rather than sending it to the grid.

 

RedGrid. Melbourne start-up RedGrid is developing a protocol that will help energy devices better communicate with each other and with the grid. The RedGrid protocol gives energy devices intelligence and allows them to interact efficiently with the ‘smart grid’ of the future (also dubbed the ‘internet of energy’).

 

Senno. Hong Kong company Senno is disrupting the personal data industry by offering incentives directly to internet users. In what it calls a new paradigm for monetising personal data, customers are financially incentivised to share their data and rewards are paid automatically by Senno’s blockchain protocol.

 

UCapture. Free browser extension UCapture buys carbon offset credits on behalf of users when they shop at more than 7,500 online stores. UCapture’s extension also provides online coupon codes, so users can save money. The company funds its work by collecting commissions from those 7,500 retailers when users make purchases.

 

Learn more about Startupbootcamp here.

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