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Pioneering Grid-Edge Security: Lessons from the Digicert Digital Trust Summit

Pioneering Grid-Edge Security: Lessons from the Digicert Digital Trust Summit

If you’ve attended one of my talks recently, or have been following this blog, you will have noticed an emphasis on security at the edge of the grid. It’s becoming more and more a ‘hot topic’ as the number of grid-edge devices, controlling things like premises-scale batteries and critical loads, increases. In my talk at […]

Using solar monitoring to detect bushfires highlights value of data

Using solar monitoring to detect bushfires highlights value of data

Researchers at UNSW have developed a way to detect bushfires using solar monitoring data. A great example of how access to energy data can enable innovation.

Fuuse provides the link between EVs, buildings and electricity grids 

Fuuse provides the link between EVs, buildings and electricity grids 

When it comes to electric vehicles (EVs), the electricity to charge them is often part of the power supply for a building. No matter how smart the vehicle itself is, or the charging infrastructure for that matter, additional monitoring or metering is required to integrate the EV charging with energy and carbon management for the whole site. That’s where Wattwatchers comes in!

Community energy project co-led by Wattwatchers wins prestigious award

Community energy project co-led by Wattwatchers wins prestigious award

MyTown Microgrid, a groundbreaking local energy project hosted by the historic Victorian timber town of Heyfield, has been named as Australia’s national winner in the 23rd Energy Globe Awards, billed as the world’s most prestigious environmental awards. The award was formally presented to project partner representatives – Dr Scott Dwyer from UTS ISF (centre) and Murray Hogarth from Wattwatchers (right) – by Sydney-based Austrian Consul and Trade Commissioner, Ulrike Straka, with an Advantage Austria team aiming to visit the Heyfield community later in 2024.

Wattwatchers works with SUMS Group for monitoring power and water

Wattwatchers works with SUMS Group for monitoring power and water

The right data, at the right time, supports the property sector to track, manage and strategise across overlapping trends that are shaping their world.  By incorporating the Wattwatchers’ electricity sub-metering solution, SUMS Group is offering its clients even greater visibility and control of their asset performance.

Are you boosting revenue from your site’s large-scale solar?

Are you boosting revenue from your site’s large-scale solar?

When Australia reached its ‘20% by 2020’ renewable energy target nearly four years ago, the prevailing market expectation was that large-scale generation certificates (LGCs) for renewables would decline rapidly in value. Instead, LGC prices have surprised on the upside, and Wattwatchers is seeing growing interest in monitoring commercial and industrial (C&I) built environment solar systems for LGC creation.

Wattwatchers updates pricing from 1 March after holding for two years

Wattwatchers updates pricing from 1 March after holding for two years

Sustained cost pressures across the Wattwatchers supply chain drive an average 6% price rise for our hardware range, but subscriptions are unchanged again and warranties are being extended. A new price list will be circulated with effect from 1 March, 2024.

3G-only devices will be turned off from 31 March 2024

3G-only devices will be turned off from 31 March 2024

After 20 years since 3G cellular networks first launched in Australia, in 2003, this outdated service is now being phased out by all carriers and will be shutdown completely by September 2024. Declining performance is already apparent for 3G-only devices in the Wattwatchers fleet, meaning that ‘support’ for these devices will end in a weeks’ time, on 31 January, and all remaining 3G-only devices will be turned off from 31 March.

Integrate energy and carbon as mandatory climate reporting looms

Integrate energy and carbon as mandatory climate reporting looms

Australian enterprises need to prepare for mandatory reporting of climate-related information, which is set to be phased in from mid-2024. Having the right data to integrate energy and carbon management will be more important than ever.

Installation at the frontline for consumer energy solutions

Installation at the frontline for consumer energy solutions

Long overdue? An academic team is deep-diving into the challenges of device and appliance installation for consumer energy resources (CER), portraying installers as the ‘crucial middle actors’ in the transition to renewables. With a decade in the smart energy solutions marketplace, Wattwatchers applauds this very-timely social science initiative, recognising the need for greater attention on the professionals working at the frontline for installation, integration and interoperability of technologies.  

Open Letter to Hon. Chris Bowen MP and the Energy Ministers of Australia

Open Letter to Hon. Chris Bowen MP and the Energy Ministers of Australia

In this letter to the Hon. Chris Bowen MP – the Australian Minister for Climate Change and Energy, and Chair of the Energy and Climate Change Ministerial Council – Wattwatchers encourages the nation’s Energy Ministers to embrace rooftop solar and the growing role of electricity customers in the energy system. We propose that technology and data-enabled Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) will be a key ‘intermediary’ between customers, the grid, and diverse service providers and market players.

MEM energy data project selected as finalist in new climate tech award

MEM energy data project selected as finalist in new climate tech award

With the NSW Sustainability Awards creating a new category this year for ‘Climate Technology Impact’, Wattwatchers is proud to have our entry selected as a finalist. We nominated the My Energy Marketplace (MEM) initiative, an ARENA grant-backed project running from 2019 to mid-2023, which is now the backbone for Wattwatchers’ fast-growing energy-data-as-a-service business.

Outage highlights value of multi-carrier SIMs for smart energy devices

Outage highlights value of multi-carrier SIMs for smart energy devices

The hours-long, Australia-wide failure of the Optus telecommunications network on November 8 2023 reinforces the strategic importance of making the right choices for communicating between the cloud and smart devices in homes and other buildings. It’s a key reason why Wattwatchers prefers multi-carrier SIMs with automatic roaming capabilities.

Cyber security steps up as hot topic for consumer energy resources

Cyber security steps up as hot topic for consumer energy resources

The cyber security implications of aggregating many remotely-controllable solar inverters and other energy IoT devices are bursting into the public space in real-time. Secure communications between grid-edge devices and the cloud is a crucial focus for Wattwatchers’ technology roadmap and rolling product releases.

3G shutdown reaches critical point with degradation of services

3G shutdown reaches critical point with degradation of services

Wattwatchers is advising all of our partners and customers to immediately swap-out any of our energy IoT devices that are hardware-limited to the 3G carrier signal to communicate with the cloud. Due to degrading of 3G networks already occurring, we will be removing our ‘Support’ from 3G-only device from January 31, 2024.

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