EnergyLab and Southern Cross University’s Enterprise Lab are partnering to provide early business support to clean energy startups in the Northern Rivers. The program was flagged in a panel discussion and Q&A at the SCU Enterprise Lab on Tuesday 4 September 2018.
The panel featured two businesses that are currently benefiting from the EnergyLab Acceleration Program. Sunshine Cycles is a solar powered electric bike hire company located in Byron Bay. Flux Power, located in Brisbane, have created an energy monitoring system that shows energy use and cost in real time through your phone.
Other panelist include Barry Hill, who shared about Sunflower, Australia’s largest solar powered audio-visual production. Built by the SCU School of Arts and Social Sciences, Sunflower offers a carbon neutral replacement to diesel powered festival generators. Craig Johnston of Zero Emissions Byron (ZEB) provided an overview, which included ZEB’s current focus and strategies to reach the goal of zero emissions by 2025.
The panel discussion was followed by a lively Q&A session. Battery storage and government regulation were highlighted as current challenges to energy tech startups.
The EnergyLab program will be available through the SCU Enterprise Lab to Northern Rivers clean energy startups in 2019.