Even as renewable energy grows worldwide, one key obstacle is integrating it into the grid. One Australian start-up has the software which can help companies do this and more, saving energy and money in the process.
From powering our homes to manufacturing our goods, energy is needed in most aspects of human life. But growing concerns about climate change and limited energy resources have put pressure on the industry to find new ways to use cleaner energy and in a smarter way.
One company that has hit on this winning combination is Australian firm GreenSync.
Founded in 2010, the Melbourne-headquartered outfit has created a solution that helps utilities, precinct developers and large commercial and industrial clients manage energy demand in a cheaper and more efficient manner.
GreenSync’s offering uses both software and hardware to monitor energy use in a grid or commercial building, to predict when demand will exceed normal levels, and to control the quantity and type of energy used so that the system is not overwhelmed.
This can involve temporarily turning off non-essential machines to reduce stress on the system, or supplementing energy from the grid with stored power from batteries or renewable sources.
By doing so, the software helps utilities avoid spending on new infrastructure to meet growing energy needs.
In a recent interview with Eco-Business, Phil Blythe, GreenSync’s founder and managing director, declares that in some areas, technology is better positioned than humans in solving sustainability challenges.
“People can be influenced to change their behaviour for a short period of time, but it’s difficult to continue this in the long run. If you can automatically reduce energy use, you get a much more sustainable solution,” he says.
It is this belief that has led Blythe and his team of developers to create computer programmes which monitor and manage energy use without much effort from humans, and in the process, solve some of the sector’s biggest challenges.