Origin energy company has launched its second annual Free Electrons competition – a global search for the best smart, clean energy ideas from start-ups all over the world.
The accelerator program is hosted in Australia, Europe and the US and connects start-ups with utilities that have more than 73 million customers in over 40 countries.
The competition aims to discover the latest advances in clean energy solutions.
The first year of Free Electrons in 2017 resulted in most of the twelve start-ups signing, or being close to signing, trial agreements. This includes an agreement between Origin and UK based start-up Tempus Energy where Origin will be trialling Tempus’ flexible demand-site management platform with a group of commercial and industrial customers in South Australia this summer.
“Origin is excited to again be partnering with some of the world’s leading energy companies to find the best ideas in clean and smart energy, mobility and digitisation,” said Tony Lucas, Executive General Manager, Future Energy and Business Development.
“New technology has changed the way energy is generated, stored and distributed at the same time customer expectations for simple, clean, reliable energy solutions have increased.
“By collaborating with the best and brightest minds in Australia and globally Origin is better placed to meet community expectations for greater insight and control over their energy usage,” Lucas said.
Start-ups can apply for the 2018 Free Electrons program until early February at http://www.freetheelectron.com/.