The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-08-26T01:02:38Z carbonTRACK Africa has teamed up with Alpha Energy and GREENFOX Agencies 2020-08-26T01:02:38Z carbontrack-africa-has-teamed-up-with-alpha-energy-and-greenfox-agencies carbonTRACK’s technology delivers the intelligent energy management systems that facilitate embedded networks, Virtual Power Plants and smart grids, enabling individuals, communities, businesses and countries to harness legacy and renewable energy and harvest the benefits. This creates an intelligent energy ecosystem with remote control and grid independence, and allows customers to leverage and optimize the benefits of efficient energy usage. carbonTRACK Africa, Alpha Energy and GREENFOX Agencies will initially explore opportunities in the strategically important South African market where all three companies have built a presence over the past few years, addressing the notorious unreliability of South Africa’s national electricity supply. Potential South African target customers include commercial and large residential deployments, as well as off-grid energy systems. Here’s a quick overview of the solution: • Actively balanced and stable operation at all commercial voltages • Flat discharge curve (module discharge rate is determined by the load) • 2% per month self-discharge when idle and in sleep mode • Cell level energy density of 70-80Wh/kg • Supercap cell cycle life and capacity unaffected by high rate of charge or discharge • Supercap cell projected calendar life of 45 years and cycle life of 1,000,000 cycles • High charge/ discharge capability • Wide operating temperature range of supercap cells • No degradation of capacity and efficiency over cycle life • Works with standard inverters/rectifiers/regulators used with Lead Acid or Li Ion batteries • Non-toxic with no risk of thermal runaway • Form factor similar to chemical batteries • Fleet-view access on carbonTRACK dashboard • Remote management and reduced truck rolls • Demand Response • Frequency Regulation, • Virtual Energy Trading, and • Grid Resiliency About carbonTRACK Africa; https://carbontrack.com.au/africa carbonTRACK’s technology connects energy generators, energy distributors and energy consumers – delivering embedded networks, Virtual Power Plants and facilitating smart grids. It enables a distributed energy future. About GREENFOX Agencies; http://www.greenfoxagencies.co.za/ GREENFOX creates solutions to the world’s complex energy problems. Their products meet the energy demands of today while unlocking the potential of a sustainable energy future safely, economically, and efficiently. Their goal is to eliminate fossil fuel usage in transport, utilities, industry, micro-grids, and regions with no energy access with products that massively reduce cost and improve performance at least 10x. About Alpha Energy; https://alpha-energy.co.za Alpha Energy is the official Distributor of the Kilowatt Labs Sirius Capacitor Storage Modules and Centauri Energy Server. It has been involved in the Thermal and Photovoltaic Market since 2009. Since 2018 over 20 Megawatt of Sirius Supercapacitor Modules have been installed. Alpha Energy is committed to delivering energy related products to its clients that are sustainable and meet the lifespan requirements of their Photovoltaic or backup solutions. carbonTRACK Africa:  a: Kyalami Business Park,41 Kyalami Boulevard, Main Road- Kyalami, Gauteng 1684, South Africa w: https://carbontrack.co m.au/africa t: 064 504 3833 Redflow and carbonTRACK collaborate to add Virtual Power Plant functionality to flow batteries 2020-07-22T06:37:16Z redflow-and-carbontrack-collaborate-to-add-virtual-power-plant-functionality-to-flow-batteries Australian energy storage company Redflow Limited (ASX: RFX) and smart energy system company carbonTRACK today announce an agreement that will enable Redflow zinc-bromine flow batteries to work with carbonTRACK’s energy management system. This collaboration will deliver Virtual Power Plant (VPP) functionality on Redflow battery systems, enabling customers to leverage carbonTRACK’s intelligent control algorithms to optimise the benefits of Redflow’s ZBM2 batteries by tailoring the total power system to each customers’ needs. carbonTRACK and Redflow will initially explore opportunities to collaborate in the strategically important South African market where both companies have built a presence over the past few years. Challenges caused by the notorious unreliability of South Africa’s national electricity grid provide multiple opportunities for Redflow’s energy storage solution to work with carbonTRACK’s intelligent energy utilisation software. Potential South African target customers include commercial and large residential deployments as well as off-grid energy systems. Redflow’s ZBM2 battery, the smallest production zinc-bromine flow battery in the world, delivers key advantages including long operating life, heat tolerance and no degradation of energy storage capacity with heavy cycling use. This makes it an excellent partner for frequent and regular dispatching by carbonTRACK’s energy dispatching algorithms. carbonTRACK’s Demand Response, Frequency Regulation, Virtual Energy Trading and Grid Resiliency solutions deliver the VPP Value Chain to Utilities & Transmission System Operators, Energy Traders and System Operators, Financiers, Solar Sales Teams and Solar hardware manufacturers. carbonTRACK Managing Director Spiros Livadaras said the company was delighted to partner with Redflow. “Redflow’s plug-and-play energy storage system, based on its robust zinc-bromine flow batteries, can shift and manage large volumes of energy,” he said. “Our technology complements Redflow’s ability to self-manage, protect and monitor their batteries 24/7.” Redflow Managing Director and CEO Tim Harris said the collaboration with carbonTRACK added value for customers by providing VPP capabilities to the company’s unique battery solution. “This delivers an important strategic capability by enabling Redflow batteries to become a part of a broader suite of energy assets that can be efficiently monitored, coordinated and controlled,” he said. “The investment we have made in our Battery Management System (BMS) is a critical enabler which will allow us to deliver VPP capability with carbonTRACK. We see great opportunities to work with carbonTRACK in South Africa and the potential to then target other markets like off-grid deployments in Australia.” Media Enquiries carbonTRACK: Isabella Bassanelli - Marketing Manager E: isabellab@carbontrack.com.au Redflow: John Harris, E: john@impress.com.au/ or P: +61 8 8431 4000. About carbonTRACK carbonTRACK LTD is an Australian company headquartered in Melbourne. Its technology is connecting energy generators, energy distributors and energy consumers - delivering embedded networks, Virtual Power Plants and facilitating smart grids. It enables a distributed energy future. To find out more about carbonTRACK please visit: https://carbontrack.com.au.    About Redflow www.redflow.com Redflow Limited, a publicly-listed Australian company (ASX: RFX), produces small 10kWh zinc-bromine flow batteries that tolerate daily hard work in harsh conditions. Marketed as ZCell and ZBM2, Redflow batteries are designed for high cycle-rate, long time-base stationary energy storage applications in the residential, commercial & industrial and telecommunications sectors, and are scalable from a single battery installation through to grid-scale deployments. Redflow batteries are sold, installed and maintained by an international network of energy system integrators. Redflow’s smart, self-protecting batteries offer unique advantages including secure remote management, 100 per cent daily depth of discharge, tolerance of high ambient temperatures, a simple recycling path, no propensity for thermal runaway and sustained energy delivery throughout their operating life. Australian technology company carbonTRACK, a leading intelligent energy management systems company, is thrilled to be working with Mojo Power. 2020-07-17T06:17:26Z australian-technology-company-carbontrack-a-leading-intelligent-energy-management-systems-company-is-thrilled-to-be-working-with-mojo-power carbonTRACK provides an ‘always on’ smart gateway, at a house or business, that remotely monitors and controls electricity and allows for smart home control through a smart phone (switching schedules, customisable alerts etc.). These tools allow a level of control that delivers the best outcome for the customer, but also allows Mojo to provide a better service through a Virtual Power Plant (VPP). Adam MacDonald, Executive Director Commercial, said “This is an exciting move for Mojo Power, building our offerings of smart tools for residential and business customers”. carbonTRACK’s Demand Response, Frequency Regulation, Virtual Energy Trading and Grid Resiliency solutions deliver the full VPP Value Chain to Utilities & TSOs, SOs & Energy Traders, Financiers, Solar Sales Teams and Solar hardware Manufacturers. Intelligent Energy Management with these features: • Demand side management • Peak shaving • Storage integration • Virtual Power Plant “We are extremely excited to be working with Mojo, an innovative Australian electricity retailer that is disrupting the status quo. We are proud that our tech will help their customers save money and get their ‘Mojo back’! said Spiros Livadaras, Managing Director - carbonTRACK. About carbonTRACK carbonTRACK Ltd is an Australian company headquartered in Melbourne. Its technology is connecting energy generators, energy distributors and energy consumers - delivering embedded networks, Virtual Power Plants and facilitating smart grids. It enables a distributed energy future. About Mojo Power Mojo Power is an innovative electricity retailer, changing the way people think about energy. We employ technology and renewable energy to deliver low cost, simple plans. Mojo Power has a strong presence in both the business and residential sectors. Media Enquiries: Isabella Bassanelli Marketing Manager carbonTRACK E: isabellab@carbontrack.com.au Christine Murphy Marketing Manager Mojo Power E: cmurphy@mojopower.com Delta Australia & carbonTRACK partner for the SA & Vic Home Battery Schemes 2020-06-22T23:47:19Z delta-australia-amp-carbontrack-partner-for-the-sa-amp-vic-home-battery-schemes Delta Australia & carbonTRACK partner for the SA & Vic Home Battery Schemes    Melbourne, Australia, June 17, 2020– Delta Electronics Australia Pty Ltd announced that the E5 Hybrid Energy Storage System with Bx6.0 Li-Ion Battery now features intelligent energy management by Australian energy technology company carbonTRACK. The solution is now on the South Australia Home Battery Scheme and the Solar Victoria Battery Scheme lists of approved products. carbonTRACK’s Demand Response, Frequency Regulation, Virtual Energy Trading and Grid Resiliency solutions deliver the VPP Value Chain to Utilities & TSOs, SOs & Energy Traders, Financiers, Solar Sales Teams and Solar hardware Manufacturers. Delta Australia Regional Manager for PV Inverter and Energy Storage, Shane Arnold, said, “Having the partnership with carbonTRACK has allowed us to bring region specific control, command and monitoring to the E5 and BX6.0”. carbonTRACK managing director, Spiros Livadaras, said, “we are excited about our partnership with Delta Australia, they are innovative & reliable. The integrated E5, BX6.0 and carbonTRACK gateway solution delivers low cost, reliable and scalable energy to the grid while unlocking multiple revenue streams for solar distributors, wholesalers, financiers & installers.”    Delta Electronics (Australia) Pty Ltd is a subsidiary of Delta Electronics (Thailand) PCL. As a Delta Group company, Delta Australia is committed to its mission statement “To provide innovative, clean and energyefficient solutions for a better tomorrow”.  Delta Group is a global producer of power and thermal management products and solutions which is supported by sales offices worldwide and by R&D centres and manufacturing facilities in Taiwan, China, USA, Europe, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, India, Mexico, and Brazil. To find out more about Delta Australia please visit: www.deltaelectronics.com.au  Email: marketing.au@deltaww.com      carbonTRACK LTD is an Australian company headquartered in Melbourne. Its technology is connecting energy generators, energy distributors and energy consumers - delivering embedded networks, Virtual Power Plants and facilitating smart grids. It enables a distributed energy future. To find out more about carbonTRACK please visit: https://carbontrack.com.au   Head Office:  Level 2 104 Burwood Road Hawthorn VIC 3122 Australia Telephone:  1300 288 648 Email:  info@carbontrack.com.au   carbonTRACK chooses Birmingham as its headquarters to service the UK and launch into Europe 2019-11-20T23:27:56Z carbontrack-chooses-birmingham-as-its-headquarters-to-service-the-uk-and-launch-into-europe “We want to contribute to the UK’s ambitious plan of ending its contribution to global warming by 2050 by bringing our technology and international experience to the UK” says Spiros Livadaras, CEO of carbonTRACK. carbonTRACK is an intelligent energy management platform which connects and improves the performance of de-centralised energy assets. “There are some 800,000 installed PV solar systems in the UK, many are underperforming due to neglect since the tariffs were reduced. By retrofitting carbonTRACK, commercial, industrial and residential users will be able to bring their solar systems back to their specified performance”, says Spiros.” carbonTRACK brings experience from the solar & storage energy markets of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA. carbonTRACK is installed in 2,300 residential sites across NZ as part of a Virtual Power Plant, aggregating 6MW of power. This can be supplied to the grid as flexible electricity in under 3 second. The UK also sees flexible electricity as a solution to grid constraints and ever-increasing reinforcement costs. More recently, carbonTRACK was selected as the Platform supporting one of the stealth technologies that was unveiled at Solar Power International trade show in Salt Lake City a month ago. This is a ‘plug-and-play’ solar+storage+nanogrid solution from DR Microgrid, of Santa Ana, CA. “carbonTRACK orchestrates batteries and renewables, with the demands of the local site and the grid, to provide resiliency” remarks Spiros. Winning the Clean Growth category of the UK Tech Rocketship awards validates carbonTRACK as uniquely innovative. Continuous innovation, however, is needed to match the needs of UK’s energy markets. These are rapidly evolving within a regulatory and technology landscape.  This is one of the main reasons carbonTRACK chose Birmingham for its UK headquarters.  “Birmingham has a concentrated presence and focus on energy innovation. With organisations such as Energy Systems Catapult, Sustainability West Midlands and various leading Universities there is expertise in the energy sector and a ready source of talent. Our ambitions include becoming a key player and employer in the region serving all of the UK and potentially Europe” says Spiros. The West Midlands Growth Company, which supports investors locating or expanding in the region, worked with carbonTRACK as the company moved to Birmingham. carbonTRACK is now based at co-working location AlphaBIT, in the Alpha Tower. David Fisken, Head of Business Attraction at the West Midlands Growth Company, commented: “carbonTRACK is a welcome addition to the business community in the West Midlands, which is home to a growing energy sector. The region has more companies specialising in energy than any other combined authority area in the UK. We assisted carbonTRACK by introducing it to local networks and securing office space in AlphaBIT within Alpha Works, which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund. By locating in the West Midlands – with its skilled workforce, transport networks and cutting-edge digital infrastructure – I’m sure carbonTRACK will continue to thrive.”   About carbonTRACK carbonTRACK is a technology company with a bold vision – to help enable a world where energy is consumed sustainably, shared fairly and empowers all people. It connects energy generators, energy distributors and energy consumers - delivering embedded networks, Virtual Power Plants and facilitating smart grids. UK carbonTRACK Enquiries:            info@carbontrackUK.co.uk Darren Shipard, Head of UK/European Expansion Phone:                                              +44 (0)1217360101 Email:                                                darrens@carbontrackenergy.co.uk Global Managing Director, Spiros Livadaras Email:                                                spirosl@carbontrack.com.au Website:                                            https://carbontrack.com.au/uklaunch   West Midlands Growth Company enquiries: David Fisken, Head of Business Attraction Telephone:                                      +44 (0)121 2025144 Mobile:                                              +44 (0)7816 226124 Email:                                                invest@wmgrowth.com Website:                                            https://wmgrowth.com Massive Murray Paddle boats to be digitally tracked along the 404km river route 2018-11-17T05:38:47Z massive-murray-paddle-boats-to-be-digitally-tracked-along-the-404km-river-route-1 The boats in this year’s Massive Murray Paddle (19th – 23rd of November) will be digitally tracked along the 404km river route – helping to keep participants safe in the water and allowing race supporters to see their progress online. Phase Zero Consultancy Services is leading the safety management efforts at the event and have selected carbonTRACK technology to track the boats and provide regular updates on their location. This is the second time the risk management organisation is working with carbonTRACK to digitise what is one of the longest paddle races in the world. Phase Zero also used carbonTRACK technology at the 2017 event. Prior to carbonTRACK’s involvement, the participants were manually marked when passing each of the checkpoints. Phase Zero recognised that technology could transform this process and selected carbonTRACK to help them overcome the event’s challenges - a 404km course (much of it under thick vegetation and poor cellular coverage) and the need for water-resistant tracking devices with enough power to last 5 days.  To meet this challenge, carbonTRACK has created a bespoke communication network that leverages the LoRaWAN protocol and its own patented Minimal Data Transfer (MDT) protocol over the existing cellular network (where available). This network enables carbonTRACK’s battery operated tracking devices to transmit a signal back to mobile gateways. In the solution created for the Massive Murray Paddle, it is the carbonTRACK SmartHubs that act as the communication gateways. There will be multiple units positioned throughout the course, supported by Safety Drones Australia, a subsidiary of Phase Zero. The drones will carry carbonTRACK’s repeater devices and be used by the Phase Zero safety team to further extend the network coverage where required. With this technology, Phase Zero will have near real-time updates on the location of each boat and the organisation’s team will be on the ground to provide the onshore and afloat safety management program for the event. Race organisers and supporters will be able to track the action via an online portal. Phase Zero has created a list of Frequently Asked Questions on how this will work in practice (see link below). Extending their support of this great community event, a representative from carbonTRACK will also be participating in the paddle race. carbonTRACK’s Head of Customer Engagement, Chris Benson is taking a boat out on the water and raising money for Macquarie University’s research into motor neurone disease (MND). About Phase ZeroPhase Zero Consulting Services specialise in safety and risk management of high-risk operations, activities and environments. We are also a preferred Defence consultancy specialising in Capability Development and Training Analysis. Our subsidiary, Safety Drones Australia, provides aerial support using our fleet of rotary and fixed wing autonomous aircraft. In addition to our primary clientele, Phase Zero also cater our skills sets for large-scale special events. Whether it be an extreme sports event or an outdoor gathering of any scale, we can provide our risk management expertise and Project Management consultants to ensure each event is safe and successful. Phase Zero Consulting is proud to be the safety management providers for the Massive Murray Paddle. For more information about Phase Zero visit www.phasezero.com.au About carbonTRACKClean technology company carbonTRACK is best known for its intelligent energy management platform. The company was built on helping homeowners and businesses take control of their energy use and spend, and on creating an ecosystem where energy is consumed sustainably and shared fairly. “carbonTRACK has a bold vision that requires big thinking and advanced technology solutions. As such we’re always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.  We’re delighted to provide the technology that helps Phase Zero to better manage the safety efforts over the 400km course between Yarrawonga and Swan Hill” - Shavaj Kallamkote, CTO and Co-founder of carbonTRACK.  For more information about carbonTRACK visit www.carbontrack.com.au RELATED LINKS For more information about the Massive Murray Paddle www.massivemurraypaddle.org.au Phase Zero’s safety information for the Massive Murray Paddle – including the link to the tracking portal www.phasezero.com.au/massive-murray-paddle Frequently asked questions about the tracking process – for race participants and supporters www.phasezero.com.au/massive-murray-paddle/massive-murray-paddle-pztracker-faq-s.aspx carbonTRACK has announced an exclusive partnership with U.S. company naak 2017-10-16T01:54:30Z carbontrack-has-announced-an-exclusive-partnership-with-u-s-company-naak Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - October 2017   The partnership was announced at the recent Solar Power International (SPI) Convention in Las Vegas. This is good news for the USA energy sector, which has been unsuccessful in managing solar assets and reliably accessing simple production data. Utilising carbonTRACK technology, naak’s Smart Hub will do much more than monitor solar. It will control energy consuming devices and ready the U.S. market for the emergence of energy storage and demand response programs as markets turn to Time-of-Use rate plans.   “The reaction since the announcement at the show has been exceptional and we are very excited to bring this 4G cellular, IoT enhanced solution to the U.S. market… It addresses one of the industry's most serious and costly challenges, access to reliable and real time behind the meter data." Adam Boucher, CEO, naak, Inc.   The carbonTRACK-naak partnership will offer unprecedented intelligent home energy management across America, and provides great export opportunities for Australian businesses.   carbonTRACK co-founder & Managing Director Spiros Livadaras says “this is a phenomenal opportunity for an emerging Aussie tech company. The combination of the extensive support from AusIndustry and Commercialisation Australia and the influence of our local electricity market, that is 10 years ahead of that in the U.S., has positioned carbonTRACK to provide a very real and timely solution for U.S. business and home owners. We are committed to working closely with our naak partners and are excited to begin exporting to the USA!”   About carbonTRACK carbonTRACK’s patented Internet of Things (IoT) platform connects the supply- side & the demand- side of the energy grid and provides granular “behind the meter” data with the benefit of home automation. As an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) it also adds value to the PV Solar sector. carbonTRACK’s remote control functions go beyond just monitoring consumption, generation & storage. It supports both grid integration and distributed generation (for self-consumption or export limitation). In self-consumption PV Solar markets, carbonTRACK’s automated optimization, including control of loads and storage, is a key differentiator. carbonTRACK’s technology is being installed across Africa, recently into New Zealand and now the USA. The Aussie tech company is now leading the charge in giving consumers access to IoT and energy management technology that aims to solve the inefficiencies in electricity production and distribution around the world. It recently received the Silver Award for Energy Efficiency in the 2017 Eco Logic Awards; carbonTRACK contributes to combating climate change and improves energy efficiency. http://www.carbontrack.com.au   About naak naak offers an end-to-end energy management, control, and automation platform for everything connected in a home or business. It helps energy solution providers stay ahead of the rapidly changing market in order to outperform their competition. Naak’s Smart Hub monitors household appliances and building equipment, functioning as a brain controlling and optimizing integrated energy and storage devices. naak is head quartered in Southern California, operates exclusively through a B2B channel partner network and works with businesses to enhance customer engagement with their electricity in a rapidly changing energy landscape. http://www.naak.io Australian tech company carbonTRACK partners with New Zealand’s largest PV solar company, solarcity 2017-09-25T22:35:11Z australian-tech-company-carbontrack-partners-with-new-zealand-s-largest-pv-solar-company-solarcity solarcity New Zealand is utilising the patented carbonTRACK Internet of Things (IoT) platform in their solarZero offering across New Zealand. In collaboration with Vodafone New Zealand, the initiative will help accelerate the adoption of clean solar energy and improve energy efficiency across the country. carbonTRACK's energy management system not only monitors electricity usage and generation, it also allows consumers to switch appliances or systems remotely, from anywhere in the world via a desktop computer or mobile device. “The partnership is good news for energy consumers across New Zealand. Consumers across the globe are fed up with increasing energy prices and want to take back control. They want to understand their energy consumption and cut their energy bills,” says Spiros Livadaras, Co-founder and Managing Director of carbonTRACK. carbonTRACK has seen major growth in the Australian and African markets over the past five years, and is committed to playing a proactive role in empowering energy users with visibility and control over their electricity usage. It is now leading the charge to give more people access to affordable IoT automation and energy management solutions. carbonTRACK received the Silver Award for Energy Efficiency in the 2017 Eco Logic Awards. This acknowledged the company’s contribution to combating climate change by improving energy efficiency internationally. “carbonTRACK has worked closely with solar companies for several years to build intelligent technologies that benefit solar home owners and improve energy savings. We are incredibly excited to share these amazing technologies with our friends across the ditch,” says Andrew Foskett, General Manager of carbonTRACK. Andrew Booth, CEO solarcity, says "The intelligent smart home has arrived, giving Kiwis the ability to buy cheaper, cleaner power locally from their own roof and power their homes the way they choose from their smart phones. We are looking forward to assisting New Zealanders in minimising their electricity bills, while moving towards a more sustainable energy approach.” About solarcity solarcity was founded in 1974 and is one of the five fastest growing green companies in New Zealand. It is part of the New Zealand government's Focus 500 Group of Companies that make a significant contribution to the New Zealand economy.  solarcity has a unique business model. The company installs and manages the solar panels on home owners’ roofs all at its own cost. This means that the homeowner doesn’t pay any capital costs. solarcity manages the system for 20 years, including repairs and any necessary upgrades in order to deliver guaranteed solar production from the solar system. solarcity has been named a finalist in the 2017 New Zealand Innovation Awards for its solarZero energy service.   carbonTRACK's New Smart Meter can create Smart Electricity Grids 2017-03-15T07:36:27Z carbontrack-s-new-smart-meter-can-create-smart-electricity-grids carbonTRACK has recently been awarded an Accelerating Commercialisation grant from the Australian Government Department of Industries to bring their new Smart Meter to the Australian and International Market. carbonTRACK’s intelligent ‘smart meter’ is for electricity utilities, retailers, and consumers. It can be used to control homes, renewable energy, electrical appliances, and helps manage grid infrastructure. The Smart Meter’s accurate control reduces electricity consumption and costs to make the electricity efficient. This technology could be the key to preventing future blackouts in the grid, as well as distributing the energy in an optimal manner.. If supply of electricity fails to meet demand, blackouts occur. Blackouts negatively impact business, government, and households, and can damage grid infrastructure. carbonTRACK’s new Smart Meter solves this problem. If the supply and demand can be normalised, the electricity production infrastructure can operate in an optimal manner, and peaks and troughs can be reduced. Suppliers of electricity have very limited visibility over demand and users have no idea of its varying costs throughout the day. This market blindness has previously been unavoidable, because technology hasn't existed that provides both sides of the market with live visibility and the ability to interact and respond instantly. Electricity is something we take for granted, but the electricity sector is a complex mix of physical assets regulators and consumers. Electricity must generally be used the moment it is produced. Because of this, demand and supply are unable to interact the way they do in normal markets. carbonTRACK’s Smart Meter has the ability to create smart grids. A smart grid is created through the increased use of digital information and controls technology to improve reliability, security, and efficiency of the electric grid. It involves the dynamic optimisation of grid operations and resources through the development and incorporation of demand response, demand-side resources, and energy-efficiency resources and the deployment of `smart' technologies (real-time, automated, interactive technologies that optimise the physical operation of appliances and consumer devices) for metering, communications concerning grid operations and status, and distribution automation. “carbonTRACK’s Smart Meter lifts the curtain of ‘market blindness’ that exists between the supply side of the electricity market and the demand side.” Quote by Shavaj Kallamkote, carbonTRACK CTO Visibility is created through data collected and shared with electricity generators. This is the first step to more efficient electricity supply. This data helps to minimise the need for peaker plant infrastructure. “Peaker plants” are power plants that are fired up to supply electricity to the grid during peak demand events, such as extremely hot days during summer. Peaker-plant infrastructure accounts for 30% of electricity infrastructure assets, despite this infrastructure being used less than 10 days per year. They are incredibly inefficient, and could be blamed for the recent South Australia blackout and threatened NSW blackout. The second step is managing electricity demand by controlling non-essential household devices. This ‘behind the meter’ control of consumption gives suppliers the ability to react instantaneously when supply exceeds predictions by turning off non-essential loads such as hot water systems and pool pumps, and requesting that energy stored in batteries or self-generating enters the grid. This control has the potential to eliminate the need for peaker plants entirely and, in doing so, removing billions in electricity infrastructure costs each year. carbonTRACK’s Smart Meter also helps to make better and smarter use of PV solar. Current grid architecture doesn’t adequately support end-point generation, and a lopsided adoption of solar causes grid instability issues. This is why in Southern Queensland, where residential rates of solar are in excess of 30%, two-thirds of generated solar power is at times blocked from entering the grid. carbonTRACK’s Smart Meter uses predictive analysis of available solar energy using weather forecasts, and other mechanisms to assist suppliers in managing grid stability. It ensures that as much as possible solar energy is consumed where it is produced. For its entire existence, the electricity sector has been forced to tolerate efficiency losses of up to fifty percent in the transport and use of power. The cost, both financial and environmental, is much higher than they would be if demand and supply could interact and renewable energy sources could be effectively and completely integrated into the existing grid. With carbonTRACK’s Smart Meter, everyday people will save money by switching off devices when they are not needed and scheduling heavy loads, like hot water systems and pool pumps, to run at optimal times.  Grid infrastructure will also become more efficient, and greenhouse gas emissions will be substantially reduced across the entire electricity sector. The Smart Meter has the unique technical capability, and non-invasive infrastructure that has the potential to convert the electricity grid into the much-coveted and long anticipated (but as of yet unrealised) Smart Grid of the future. Accelerating Commercialisation support from the Australian Government Department of Industries will help carbonTRACK commercialise this disruptive technology for Australian and global deployment in homes and businesses to reduce electricity costs; grid infrastructure stress, and greenhouse gas emissions. It is set to generate jobs, technology expertise, and export income for Australia.   About carbonTRACK carbonTRACK is an energy management and Internet of Things (IoT) company that helps businesses and households to use less power to save money and the environment. We envision a world where energy is consumed sustainably, shared fairly, and all people have access to tools to control their energy use. Our mission is to develop intelligent energy solutions that empower people and engender sustainability through creative technologies. carbonTRACK.com.au Facebook: CarbonTrack  Twitter: carbonTRACK_AU  LinkedIn: carbonTRACK Media Contact:                 Debra Cupitt E: debrac@carbontrack.com.au M: 0488 436 719