Planet Ark Power was voted the most promising disruptive clean energy startup at the Innovation X-Change Fish Tank event held at the University of Technology Sydney on April 8, 2019.
The Fish Tank was a part of the Energy Productivity Innovation X-Change event, hosted by Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity, an independent, not-for-profit coalition of business, government and research leaders promoting a more energy productive economy, as well as RACE for 2030 CRC.
The Fish Tank was an opportunity for start-up and newly funded businesses to pitch their innovations to the panel of judges from BloombergNEF, Climate-KIC Australia, Clean Energy Finance Corporation and National New Energy Laboratory, alongside the audience, who made the final decision through an online poll.
Stephen Robertson, Director Stakeholder Engagement and Strategy at Planet Ark Power, was one of the six presenters from the smart energy companies showcasing their highly competitive emerging distributed energy resources (DER) innovations. He had five minutes to pitch Planet Ark Power’s grid-transforming solution, which “will make a significant step change difference to the challenge of decarbonising the economy and efficient usage of existing infrastructure”.
Planet Ark Power’s Dynamic Distributed Voltage Management Technology (DVMS) was voted as the most likely platform to attract investment amongst the audience consisting of international and local leaders in the energy revolution.
“Very proud that Planet Ark Power received this recognition from a forum that was attended by so many Australian and international thought leaders, researchers and entrepreneurs who are all working towards developing clean, sustainable renewable energy grids in Australia and beyond,” said Stephen Robertson.
“Every instance of recognition and encouragement gives you confidence that the innovation pathway you are on is the right one. A big thank you goes to the X-Change Forum organisers for hosting such an inspiring and thought-provoking forum.”
The forum also featured several workshops on the potential of networks in the distributed energy future, what future priorities for research and development are during energy transition and, the intersection of consumption and demand management in the future.