Solar and storage manufacturers, installers and service providers are all embracing new technologies and looking to give their customers greater control and faster return on their solar and storage investments. Governments too appear to be heading in the right direction. While there is still some way to go on the policy front, the Australian federal and state governments’ financial incentives for solar and battery installations are seen to be having a positive impact.
As we reflect on 2018, we’re feeling positive about what we can achieve together in 2019 and beyond. Our company vision is a bold one: to help create a world where energy is consumed sustainably, shared fairly and empowers all people. And while we have an important role to play, the change we need is on a global scale and we can’t do it without our customers who lead the way with home, business or network level solutions, our partners who continue to innovate and the other change makers that share our focus.
So, as we look back on 2018 – here are some highlights from the year that was:
Our development team never stops and one of the new features released this year was our Google Home integration. It means carbonTRACK customers can now manage their Smart Home with their voice, not just the carbonTRACK app! We’ve got an easy-to-follow tutorial on how this works right here.
carbonTRACK technology now integrates with any SunSpec compatible inverter. The first of such integration was completed with leading US based storage manufacturer, Pika Energy. The project was led by our US partner, naak, and provides Pika customers with powerful behind-the-meter visibility and control - including load-shedding, demand response and customised time-of-use consumption profiles.
Back in June, we were delighted to announce Overshadow as carbonTRACK’s in-country Sub-Saharan Africa distributor and iCarbon as carbonTRACK’s official Botswana in-country distributor. It’s been a great six months with both these companies, and we look forward to the year ahead.
We kicked-off with the Smart Energy conference in Sydney in April. In September, we attended Solar Power International in Anaheim, California where we supported the exhibition of our partner, naak. Back in Australia, Our CTO and co-founder Shavaj Kallamkote presented at the All Energy event in Melbourne. Here’s a quick summary.
The awards are run by the UK government’s Department of International Trade to find leading-edge technology companies that can help support the UK’s innovation priorities – and carbonTRACK was selected the Clean Growth category winner. Here’s what this means for us.
Never ones to shy away from a tech challenge, we were delighted to provide the technology that digitised the 50th Massive Murray Paddle. Our own Chris Benson also completed the gruelling 404km course to raise funds for a MND research. It was no small feat! Read more about the Paddle here.
There’s lost of exciting things happening in the New Year! Our Co-Founders are off to London in February to participate in the UK Tech Rocketship award program. And on the tech front, we’ll be releasing the highly anticipated CTEye and CTX1 Smart Hub, and an exciting new platform feature, so be sure to watch this space!
We look forward to working with all of our customers and partners and creating intelligent energy ecosystems for homes, businesses and communities. In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and a great break. We’re back on the 7th of January. See you in the New Year!