Redback Technologies has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Duserve Facilities Management (Duserve FM) to collaborate on a pilot project trialing its advanced, low-cost solar solutions in United Arab Emirates.
The partnership will see the Australian renewable energy company install its robust, scalable hardware and software solutions in 20 commercial and 20 residential properties in Dubai South, an emerging city that will be powered predominately by renewable energy.
Redback will be responsible for energy management and monitoring during the 12-month pilot project, providing real-time data and insights into energy usage.
Founder and managing director Philip Livingston said the project is the first step towards overseas expansion and represents a huge opportunity to showcase Australia’s innovation in the region.
“Being selected to work with Duserve FM gives us the opportunity to demonstrate we are a leader of smart energy management solutions on a global scale, allowing us to not only explore these technologies within Dubai South and the UAE but also the MENA Region,” Mr Livingston said.
“Redback’s smart software utilises the Internet of Things to distribute excess energy to smart appliances or store in batteries, optimising energy consumption.
“The software also has machine learning capabilities to learn from user habits and control energy depending on expected weather changes.
“These capabilities ensure effective management of energy, resulting in lower bills and a reduction in fossil fuel reliance.”
The project stems from an initiative of Trade and Investment Queensland; the state government’s global business agency that assists exporters in breaking into emerging and established markets.
The agency held a Trade Mission to Dubai in September 2016 led by Deputy Premier Hon. Jackie Trad and Livingston was invited to discuss Redback’s solutions.
Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Middle East, Hon Donna Massie, said she hopes the project will help build a strong partnership in the region.
“This deal with Duserve FM, and to a larger extent Dubai South, positions Australian businesses as leaders in the renewable energy industry and highlights the homegrown innovation we have,” Ms Massie said.
The rollout of the project will commence on June 1, with the potential to expand to include more commercial and residential properties in the future.