Buried in this month's Finkel Review blueprint for the future of energy in Australia is a powerful opportunity to make electricity more secure, cleaner and affordable. At page 146 the report says: 'For residential consumers, the key challenge is how to coordinate millions of solar panels, storage systems, load management devices and other technologies in a way that best utilises the multiple services they can provide to improve reliability and security, and reduce costs.'
It's got a grand title. 'Blueprint for the future: Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market'. Initial reaction to what's meant to be a groundbreaking report for Australia's crisis-ridden energy sector has been mixed, we think for good reason. Some of it is good, some so-so, some bad and some downright dirty (that's the political compromise bit that throws a major lifeline to coal-fired generation of electricity, even while verifying that renewables are the lower cost options for the future).
Wattwatchers is delighted to announce the appointment of David Pethick to the new role of Director of Business Development. David is Wattwatchers first Melbourne-based representative, expanding the energy technology company’s industry engagement and sales reach at an important point in its growth phase.
When Gavin Dietz's home oven stopped working - showing a 'Brownout error' - his Wattwatchers energy monitoring devices revealed a voltage problem with his electricity supply from the grid. Gavin reports: 'We have a 3-phase wired house, and while two of the phases were relatively normal one was wildly out, dropping to below 190 volts. I suspect that’s way off a safe level for the well-being of many appliances.'
Wattwatchers CEO Gavin Dietz shares his own experience with home energy management and the big question for 2017 and beyond: does investing in battery storage add up for my home now? The dilemma goes like this: 'My greener heart is saying "just do it Gavin". But my more financially pragmatic head is saying hang off, and my public conscience is urging me to reinforce for others why they also should take a pause before jumping on board the storage rollercoaster.'
COMPANY ANNOUNCEMENT: Australian 'IoT for energy' company Wattwatchers has raised an initial $2 million to accelerate uptake of its ultra-compact, super-smart devices that empower electricity consumers and managers with fast, two-way, easy-to-access data. Wattwatchers specialises in real-time observation, prediction and control of electricity over the internet for households and businesses.
Clean energy technology was hidden behind carbon policy when the world embarked on a serious response to climate change in Kyoto two decades ago, but now its time to shine has come.
When EnergyAustralia CEO Catherine Tanna raised concerns about customer bill shock after the weekend heat wave, Wattwatchers MD Gavin Dietz hit the keyboard.
Digital energy monitoring and control technologies that are independent of utility billing meters can help to solve the world's electricity challenges. We already know how. Let's just do it!
Wattwatchers thanks the organisers, sponsors, judges and mentors of the Australian Technologies Competition for their support in making us the winner of the 2016 'New Energy Award'.
Energy technology company Wattwatchers has been named as one of the top 3 finalists for the 'New Energy Award' section of the Australian Technologies Competition 2016.
South Australia's problems with energy supply aren't cause to cut back on renewables, but they do highlight the opportunity to transform the electricity sector with real-time data.
Battery storage is the obvious next investment in home energy infrastructure for Wattwatchers' new Managing Director Gavin Dietz, but he wants to have the right data before committing to this major expenditure.
Fast bi-directional communications utilising multiple Internet of Things (IoT) wireless technologies is critical for a new era in which a range of energy-related 'things' will link to one another.
Wattwatchers Digital Energy has been named as a 2016 semi-finalist in the Australian Technologies Competition, the nation's leading technology accelerator program, in the 'New Energy' award section.
The latest international scorecard from the respected American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) shows that Australia is lagging the majority of advanced nations on energy efficiency. Here's a five-step plan to fix that.
Wattwatchers has announced the appointment of a former senior information technology executive from the world’s largest smart meter manufacturer as its Managing Director.
I'm sitting in hotel room in San Francisco, after walking from downtown to Haight-Ashbury for dinner then back, pondering why America's mega-state of California trumps (pun intended) Australia on clean energy.
An eclectic mix of our images from the 7th international Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) and its one-off 'Start-ups and Solutions Showcase' in San Francisco, June 1-2, 2016. Wattwatchers and our partners Solar Analytics were among 100 handpicked exhibitors from 17 countries.
One hundred clean energy-themed technologies and initiatives from across the US and 17 other countries, including Australia, all packed into a giant tent in the heart of San Francisco for a special showcase event. It doesn't get much better for Aussie innovators like Wattwatchers and our close partners, Solar Analytics, who are sharing booth #253 with our team for the two-day event (June 1 and 2).
We're very proud to be exhibiting at the Start-ups and Solutions Showcase being featured at the international 7th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7), hosted by the US Government in San Francisco June 1-2. Wattwatchers will be there sharing a booth with our partners Solar Analytics, fellow Australians who have developed the world's most intelligent solar performance monitoring solution. (It helps that Australia has the highest penetration of residential solar PV in the world - more power to our rooftops!)