Wattwatchers joins line-up for EnergyLab-led Smart Energy & IoT Accelerator Program in Tasmania


As travellers who’ve been there will know, Tasmania has many hidden gems. One that won’t be in many travel guides, but is of great interest to technologists, is a specialist Internet of Things (IoT) facility in Launceston operated by Definium Technologies.

Our team at Wattwatchers Digital Energy is delighted to have been awarded one of six spots allocated to Australian and international smart energy and smart city technology companies, as part of a new EnergyLab accelerator initiative, being hosted by Definium, with partnership backing from the Tasmanian Government and TasNetworks.

The six technologies selected for the program come from Australia (3), Honolulu in the US, Canada and Finland, with ideas spanning from demand response solutions to electric vehicles to energy monitoring.

The program challenges participants to prototype and deploy a new IoT product in just three months, with support from Definium Technologies’ capabilities to build prototypes, business coaching, and opportunities with local partners to explore potential trial deployments in Tasmania.

EnergyLab CEO James Tilbury applauded the quality and maturity of applications to the program.

‘The founders chosen to participate have already proven themselves capable of deploying innovative solutions in difficult sectors so we’re looking forward to seeing what we can help them achieve next,’ says Tilbury.

Wattwatchers CEO Gavin Dietz sees the three-month, intensive hardware development program as a rare opportunity to think outside the box for his Sydney-based energy technology and data company, which specialises in monitoring and controlling electricity in real-time through the cloud.

‘We often call ourselves “Energy IoT”,’ says Dietz. ‘So EnergyLab’s Smart Energy & IoT Accelerator in Launceston presents an exciting opportunity for Wattwatchers to take a fresh look at monitoring for home energy management, to find new ways to address cost and complexity, especially for retrofit installations.

‘We needed an IoT path to explore these challenges, and collaboration with EnergyLab, TasNetworks and Definium Technologies opens up a range of hardware, software, and communications possibilities. This includes LoRaWAN, one of the world’s leading narrowband options, that is gaining traction in Tasmania due in significant part to Definium’s early technology leadership.’

Along with Wattwatchers, the other five startups in the program are:

  • Shifted Energy: Accelerates the adoption of clean renewable energy with devices and software solutions that convert electric water heaters into valuable demand response assets that can engage any member of society regardless of wealth or property. (USA)

  • WeavAir: Built the world’s first platform that harnesses environmental, mechanical and human metrics as well as predictive algorithms to manage ventilation, air conditioning, and purification systems. (Canada)

  • Electric Horsemen: Designs and builds custom electric vehicles. (Australia)

  • Energy ROI: Energy managers for businesses who specialise in energy contracting, energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. (Australia)

  • Nelinor: Helps you understand and control your energy consumption. (Finland)

The program has been launched at an event in Launceston on December 12, 2019, with the intensive development activity scheduled to begin on February 3, 2020, and end on May 8, 2020 – see EnergyLab’s Smart Energy Accelerator webpage here.

About EnergyLab

EnergyLab is Australia’s largest cleantech startup accelerator, supported by Origin Energy, Energy Queensland, the Queensland Government, the Australian Government, and a range of other partners. Via programs tailored made for clean energy entrepreneurs and events run across Australia, EnergyLab’s mission is to support new business and technological initiatives that move the world toward 100% clean energy solutions.

About Definium Technologies

Established in 2009 by chief executive Mike Cruse, Definium Technologies is a trusted leader for advanced design and manufacturing based in Tasmania. Providing full-service solutions in the design and manufacture of intelligent sensors and control systems for a wide range of applications, Definium Technologies designs, develops, and manufactures a wide range of purpose-built devices to solve real-world problems.

About TasNetworks

TasNetworks is the publicly-owned business that owns, operates and maintains Tasmania’s electricity transmission and distribution network in Tasmania. It delivers a safe, cost-effective and reliable electricity supply to more than 285,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers. It strives to deliver today, and create a better tomorrow. The business is helping lead Tasmania towards a fully clean and renewable future, while exploring potential for more interconnection and a greater contribution to the National Energy Market.