For anyone still wondering whether the energy revolution is real, a trip to Silicon Valley earlier this month would have put that thought to rest.
The tech hub was abuzz with the first of the three modules in the Free Electrons Accelerator Program. Twelve innovative energy start-ups joined eight leading global utilities and the program accelerators to begin a journey to jump-start their company’s future.
Hosted this 30 April to 6 May, the module immersed the utilities and start-ups in the world’s leading clean tech innovation environments, connecting them to the epicentre of technology innovation and investors.
Mark Judd, Manager Community Energy, and Dominic Toffolon, Energy Solutions Engineer represented AusNet Services in San Francisco.
Mark said the Free Electrons’ first module offered an invaluable opportunity to collaborate and exchange knowledge between the start-ups and global utilities, with the insights to help shape and inform AusNet Services’ future role in the renewable energy future.
“These forums are vital to the advancement of energy across the globe,” Mark said.
“Our involvement in this global collective and open innovation environment will assist AusNet Services Commercial Energy Services team to better navigate the rapid change facing our industry from a network operations and commercial product and services perspective.”
The module finished with the 12 start-ups pitching impressive presentations that offered high calibre innovations and pilot programs such as:
Other Module One highlights included:
Dhammika Adihetty and Guilherme Benevides will continue AusNet Services’ global energy renewable journey where they will attend the next Free Electrons’ module in Lisbon, Portugal, from the 25 June and finish with a pitch event in Dublin on the 29th June, exposing the start-ups to Europe’s growing utility market.