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Green Button for Australia

Percepscion is advocating for Australian consumers to be given the same level of access to their energy data as is available to consumers in the U.S.

Citing the successful U.S. Green Button initiative, Percepscion’s submission to the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) highlights the need for a standard data format and harmonized data transfer arrangements as a necessity for consumers to realise the benefits from Smart Meters.

By adopting this approach, individuals and organisations can build smartphone app’s and links into other solutions that will deliver cost savings and lifestyle benefits.

Percepscion’s proposal is in response to the AEMC’s draft rule on customer access to information about their energy consumption.  Under our approach, Australian households will benefit from innovations beyond those delivered by their electricity providers.

Green Button

Percepscion’s commitment to our energy future has been extended by inclusion in the Advisory Panel for the Zero Net Energy Town (ZNET) project.  ZNET is a pioneering initiative to create Australia’s first town which produces all of its own energy needs from renewable energy.

On 1 Sept the ZNET project released an Invitation to Tender for one or more service providers to develop a Blueprint and Business Case for the creation of a Zero Net Energy Town in Australia based upon a viable prototype in the Northern Inland Region of NSW.  The Blueprint and Business Case are being targeted for finalisation in June 2015.

Percepscion’s involvement in the ZNET project comes on the back of participation in the recent Community Energy Congress which ran over two days in Canberra.  At the event, which brought together all the key players in the Australian community energy sector for the first time, Percepscion’s Kristian Handberg shared experiences and thoughts with attendees on the topic of “Living with electricity networks”.



Could this be Australia’s first Zero Net Energy Town?

Utility magazine’s May 2014 edition includes an article by Percepscion’s Kristian Handberg that describes the emerging battle for the customer relationship between traditional electricity market players and new entrants from other sectors.

The article draws on Percepscion’s expertise as a Smart Energy technology provider, and reflects the growing interest in the market for these products.

With recent experience talking to businesses from around the world at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES2014) and Parks Associates’ Smart Energy Summit, Percepscion are continuing to build on their position as Australia’s Smart Energy leaders.


Utility magazine May 2014 edition which includes an article by Percepscion's Kristian Handberg outlining the "emerging battle for the customer relationship".

Utility magazine May 2014 edition which includes an article by Percepscion’s Kristian Handberg outlining the “emerging battle for the customer relationship”.

Smart energy delivers resilience

Percepscion’s understanding of the mega-trends that are behind Smart Energy includes that of resilience, or our ability to cope with sudden and drastic change.

In a recent article published through Reneweconomy, Percepcion’s Kristian Handberg describes how energy localisation is being promoted as part of efforts to harden the system against extreme weather events, cyber-attack or acts of sabotage.

The article draws on interviews with U.S. policymakers and project owners who are promoting microgrids – small-scale electricity networks able to operate independent of the surrounding grid.  The interviews were conducted as part of an international research fellowship from the George Alexander Foundation.

Microgrids represent perhaps the ultimate expression of Smart Energy, where distributed energy solutions are tailored to specific customer needs and demand is managed closely in line with supply.

Understanding the mega-trends that are behind the changes unfolding in our energy system and society more broadly reflects Percepscion and our parent organisation DiUS’s holistic outlook aimed at Creating Shared Value.


Infographic that provides an overview of the U.S. experience of microgrids for resilience

Infographic that provides an overview of the U.S. experience of microgrids for resilience

Percepscion’s CES2014 experience showcases the arrival of the user-friendly Smart Home.  Strong interest from well-informed event attendees has highlighted the shift away from proprietary systems towards an open ecosystem of plug-and-play devices from a range of providers.

Our early-event experience has identified the evolution of the Connected Home as a dominant theme, where appliances talk to each other through common standards such as the ZigBee protocol used by Percepscion devices.

Speaking from the opening day of the event, Percepscion CEO Joe Losinno said, “Technology and service providers are converging around the Connected Home to move it towards the mainstream.  Percepscion is part of this push, with a range of devices that sit within and are complementary to the emerging Smart Home ecosystem”.

Exhibiting as part of the ZigBee Alliance pavilion, Percepscion is at the forefront of this convergence,  ChargeIQ – Percepscion’s intelligent electric vehicle charging system – brings together the electricity grid, electric vehicle and driver for the benefit of all, while LiveVu is a real-time energy data platform that supports service innovation.

Attendees seeking to learn more about Percepscion’s Connected Home solutions should visit booth 20624.


Percepscion CES2014

Percepscion’s Chief Technology Officer, Mark Anderson, standing at the Percepscion CES2014 booth


Those lucky enough to be in ‘Vegas for CES2014 have the opportunity to experience Percepscion’s real-time energy platform LiveVu first hand.

Energy management products and services will be a key part of the Connected Home and LiveVu allows these to be based on real-time information, drawn directly from the household Smart Meter.  Data accessed from electricity utilities can be several days old, making it unsuitable for energy management decision making.

With the latest research from Parks Associates showing that nearly 40% of U.S. broadband households are interested in purchasing at least one Internet-connected home energy management product, Percepscion’s CES2014 product launch is timely.

For those CES2014 attendees interested in knowing more about the value of real-time energy data, visit booth 20624-I for a demonstration of LiveVu’s capabilities.

CES LiveVu

In mid-2013 Bloomberg New Energy Finance invited Percepscion to take part in their Singapore Leadership Forum on Smart Energy.  Bloomberg have now published their July 2013 event report, Realising the Potential of Smart Energy, documenting the discussions which took place.

Based on the views of participants, Japan was identified as the country that had made the most progress on Smart Energy, followed by the US and Australia.  Although the drivers for Smart Grid investment differ markedly across Asian countries, many of the solutions – including demand-side management – are common.

Interoperability of demand management technical standards was identified as an area of activity for the industry, along with market reforms that promote Smart Energy investment and business models.  These developments are behind increased use of demand-side management as a means for addressing capacity constraints and integrating renewable energy sources into the grid.

As part of the gathering, Percepscion presented its ground-breaking electric vehicle charging demand management case study.

Relationships formed during the event have led to a range of opportunities that are bearing fruit now and in future.


Percepscion's Chief Technology Officer, Mark Anderson, addresses participants   at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Smart Energy Leadership Forum in Singapore

Percepscion’s Chief Technology Officer, Mark Anderson, addresses participants at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Smart Energy Leadership Forum in Singapore

Smart Utilities learn from Percepscion

Percepscion had a starring role at last week’s Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand (SUANZ) 2013 event staged in Albert Park, Melbourne.  During the event, Percepscion presented on their world-leading ChargeIQ EV charging demand management project, were cited extensively as part of Origin’s Smart Energy program presentation, and chaired a session relating to renewables integration and energy storage.

With nearly 1000 pre-registered event attendees, SUANZ 2013 was the place to be for anyone who’s anyone in Smart Energy. The conclusion: all involved agreed on the importance of pulling together for future energy innovation. In practice, this meant new partnerships being formed, thought-provoking discussions taking place, and pressing issues being raised and solved through cooperation.

Percepscion’s involvement in SUANZ also includes participation in the event steering group.  Through these efforts, Percepscion continues to demonstrate Smart Energy leadership for Australasia and beyond.

Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand 2013

Demonstrating market leadership at EVS27

Percepscion showed the world how electric vehicle charging can benefit everyone at last week’s 27th International Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS27) in Barcelona, Spain.  The event received 4,000 visitors from 58 different countries, 1,300 congress attendees and 232 exhibitors from around the world.

Percepscion’s presentation, “Demonstrating Demand Management: How intelligent Electric Vehicle charging can benefit everyone” showcased the 2012 ChargeIQ EV charging demand management project.  The outcomes from this project showed that Electric Vehicle (EV) charging can be used to level out demand on electricity networks – improving asset utilization and reducing electricity costs for all.

Discussions at the conference and the parallel Green eMotion stakeholder meeting showed that Percepscion’s achievements with ChargeIQ are leading the world in terms of EV grid-integration.

As an outcome from these discussions, Percepscion is working with a number of international parties towards streamlining the development of the EV market through improved grid integration.


Percepscion's business development manager, Kristian Handberg, presenting to the EVS27 audience

Percepscion’s business development manager, Kristian Handberg, presenting to the EVS27 audience

On 16 November Percepscion took part in a gathering of international policy-makers and experts in Barcelona discussing integration of electric vehicles into the grid.  The roundtable, attended by over 30 representatives, was organised by the Electric Vehicle Initiative and the International Smart Grid Action Network.

Issues discussed included:

  • What is the potential impact of wide-scale EV deployment on the electric grid at the local, regional and national levels?
  • How can EV infrastructure provision be optimised to decrease grid stress?  What are the information requirements?
  • How can grid modernization support the ambitious scale-up of EVs? What are the influencing factors?
  • What constructive roles could organised EV charging play in the operation of wholesale power markets?  In integrating renewable energy?  In encouraging resilient microgrids?
  • How can regulators create better incentives for EVs to participate in power markets?
  • What consumer issues should be considered when designing technology and policy solutions at the EV-power system interface?
  • What are the emerging priorities (both technical and policy) that EVI-ISGAN should be considering?

As part of the discussion, Percepscion contributed insights based on their experiences with grid-friendly charging in the Australian market, along with commentary on the relationship of these experiences to other markets elsewhere.

The outcomes from the meeting will inform the Clean Energy Ministerial, an agreement between international governments aimed at accelerating the transition to clean energy technologies.