Friday, 26 August 2016 00:52

Evergen brings CSIRO-developed smart home energy system to market

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Renewable energy start-up Evergen has launched an intelligent home energy management system with the technical backing of the CSIRO, which continuously analyses and optimises home energy use.

The system combines solar panels and batteries with smart technology and, according to Evergen, it is Australia’s first intelligent home energy management system.

The system works by choosing the most efficient source for a household’s electricity supply at any given time, switching from solar to stored power as required.

It looks at the power consumption patterns of each household and local weather to make smart decisions that reduce energy costs and is remotely managed by Evergen and regularly analysed and updated by the CSIRO.

CSIRO energy director Dr Peter Mayfield says the CSIRO has been at the forefront of solar and battery technology research for many years, and is committed to the “development of intelligent systems and tools which change the way we use energy”.

“We know that consumers are viewing their household electricity differently and taking more control; intelligent systems allow them to do this with ease," Dr Mayfield says.

Evergen chairman Stephen Dunne says the system is the “gateway to energy-smart homes of the future”.

“We’re excited to be taking the science of CSIRO and building it in to an energy system that will benefit families all over Australia,” Dunne said.

The CSIRO developed Evergen’s core energy management intelligence and provided research expertise to help Evergen commercialise the product.

 The Evergen system is now available in Australia in an early release programme, with a second-stage release programme scheduled for January 2017.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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