Redback granted $4m for smart energy project

Phil Livingston, managing director, Redback Technologies.

Redback Technologies has received a $4 million grant from the Queensland Government to develop a smart energy monitoring platform.

The project is set to slash power bills and create jobs for Queenslanders.

“Redback Technologies is at the forefront of moves to make battery storage technology more affordable, with a system that will enable a reduction in energy costs for consumers and help to pump renewable energy into the grid,” Queensland Innovation Minister Kate Jones said.

“The $4 million Advance Queensland Platform Technology Program (PTP) grant will lead to the development of a smart energy monitoring platform that will give customers the ability to instantly analyse and control energy consumption.

“This technology helps people intelligently manage their power usage and cut their bills by identifying power-hungry devices and systems in their homes and businesses.”

Redback managing director Philip Livingston said the smart power monitoring platform would enable home owners and businesses to understand and control their energy usage and will help networks to more efficiently manage the grid, allowing for increased penetration of renewables.

“The support of the Queensland government will enable Redback and our partners to create a platform ecosystem, using big data to drive better outcomes for energy users and energy businesses,” he said.

“This technology will benefit industries beyond energy.”

Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said Redback Technologies was one of eight companies investing over $200 million and generating more than 500 new jobs in Queensland through the $60 million Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund (AQIAF).

“Redback will employ up to a further 109 technical and professional staff at its University of Queensland St Lucia laboratory, adding to its existing workforce and through expanding its existing facility, which would see more jobs and opportunities trickle down through the local economy,” Mr Dick said.

“The company has the potential to shape the renewable energy market in Queensland and Australia through new technologies that align with the Queensland government’s renewable energy targets.

“This operation will put Queensland further in the lead for energy research and development, building on our growing hub of research facilities and driving innovative solutions to market.”

Ms Jones said it was important for the state government to support local technology companies doing great things.

“Funding projects like these is part of a wider Palaszczuk Government strategy to diversify Queensland’s economy,” she said.

“We’re investing $513 million in our Advance Queensland program to back industries that will support Queensland jobs in the future.

“Not only will this initiative create jobs, it will have a real impact on the lives of ordinary Queenslanders – helping them save on their household power bills.”

Energy Queensland executive general manager asset safety and performance Peter Price said the project would ensure Energy Queensland continued to develop new technology solutions that would transform the existing network to an intelligent grid and deliver safer outcomes for customer.

“We are committed to working closely with Queensland communities and with innovative Queensland based partners as a key part of our strategy to ensure that we deliver the reliable services our customers expect and also continue to enable global leading penetrations of rooftop PV and other renewable energy generators connected to our distribution networks,” he said.