April 2014 – NRGi mentioned in the environmental business magazine WME
“As energy prices and carbon concerns rise, so do energy efficiency technologies. Here is a snapshot of some of the most promising opportunities.
There is plenty happening in energy monitoring, but one play that caught WME’s eye was the launch of NRGi at the All-Energy Australia exhibition last year. Ecocentric Energy unveiled the energy assessment device, which it modestly promises will “revolutionise the energy audit sector”.
It provides accurate, real-time data collected over 7-10 days and can identify specific equipment, processes, areas of a building or site where energy consumption is excessive. Unlike data loggers, it doesn’t have to be relocated to monitor different areas or equipment.
A dashboard allows viewing during the assessment period via an online portal. At the end of the assessment an easy-to-read report is produced, including clear action points with guaranteed savings and clear return on investment timeframes.”
23 May 2014 – Making a splash at Aquatic Centres with Voltage Optimisation
The Shire of Murray Leisure Centre is the latest aquatic centre to place an order for a Voltage Optimiser (VO) with Ecocentric Energy. Following the presentation specifically focussed on the benefits of VO in aquatic centres and the results of the initial study at Town of Victoria Park’s Aqualife presented by Acting CEO Anthony Vuleta, Ecocentric has been inundated with enquiries.
Due to the 24/7 nature of the pumps and operational equipment necessary for an aquatic centre to function, the study showed the payback period was less than two years. The life of a Voltage Optimiser is around fifty years, so the Shire of Murray had a sound business case on which to make a decision, knowing that the investment is set to provide ongoing dividends and benefit the shire for years to come.
23 April 2014 Correction
A correction from Ecocentric Energy regarding an article in Energising WA, published 28/03/14 by The West Australian.
Ecocentric Energy was quoted saying that ‘CSIRO and Ecocentric Energy recently signed an agreement to collaborate and finalise the automated report writing software [for NRGi].”
This statement is incorrect. Ecocentric Energy are in ongoing discussions with CSIRO and these are yet to be finalised.
Ecocentric Energy apologises for the inference that an agreement had been finalised.
When the Town of Victoria Park (TOVP) embarked upon its energy reduction campaign, they turned to local energy efficiency expert, Ecocentric Energy to assist them. The TOVP also involved their energy retailer Perth Energy so that a holistic approach from all three entities could be achieved.
The first decision was to install Ecocentric Energy’s new innovative device, NRGi, into one of the council’s iconic buildings. The Aqualife Leisure Centre in East Victoria Park was chosen due to the age of the facility and its rising energy bills.
NRGi provides accurate, real time data collected over a period of seven to ten days and can identify specific equipment, processes, areas of a building or site where energy consumption is excessive. Unlike data loggers, it doesn’t have to be constantly relocated to monitor different areas or equipment as it manages all this from the one location. The results are quickly published in an easy to read report, with specific recommendations and ROI time frames. NRGi can replace expensive, assumptive and time consuming traditional Level 1, 2 and 3 energy audits.
The first NRGi is to be installed at Aqualife in the first week of September 2013.
Paul Lyons announced Ecocentric Energy’s $250,000 successful Commercialisation Australia grant on Chris Smith’s radio show on 2GB today. “Congratulations yet again! I remember when we first spoke, it’s a great idea, it’s a wonderful new breakthrough for an Australian invention but you’ve got to get people on the same page as you and you managed to do that, well done,” Chris Smith commented to Paul in the interview.
Ecocentric Energy has moved to the Innovation Centre of Western Australia to join the growing network of like minded businesses.
“We are delighted to have Paul Lyons and the team from Ecocentric Energy as part of the Innovation Centre of WA’s Business Incubator Program. Our incubator is designed precisely for entrepreneurial enterprises such as Ecocentric Energy and it is exciting to watch the process from innovation to market entry and the subsequent business growth that is taking place. As one of our exciting and innovative home-grown West Australian enterprises, Ecocentric Energy continues to push the boundaries in providing innovative clean energy solutions for a complex market,” said Pia Turcinov, Executive Officer of the Innovation Centre.
Director Paul Lyons commented, “We’re delighted to be part of a community of inspirational entrepreneurs here in Perth. We get a lot of support from other businesses and their staff with networking events, seminars and of course the unofficial ‘water cooler’ chats.”
Enterprise Connect and the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEAAUS) invited Ecocentric Energy to speak about energy efficiency to an audience of high energy consumers in March 2013.
Paul Lyons a Director of Ecocentric, spoke about their new innovation, NRGi and the report it delivers showing clients exactly where their energy use is highest, where it is being wasted and clear action points with ROI. “It is universally accepted that the first step in any renewable energy project is to understand your current energy usage. You cannot manage what you can’t measure!” quoted Eamonn Darcy, Corporate Accounts manager.
Alannah MacTiernan, the Mayor of the City of Vincent and ALP candidate for the Federal seat of Perth, remarked at the event that she was unaware of the many options available to high-end energy consumers to reduce their energy spend. Attendees learnt that the answer used to be solar, however the options available have vastly increased over the last decade with Power Factor Correction, Voltage Optimisation, Energy Management Systems, Lighting Solutions and other infrastructure changes.
Ecocentric Energy goes from strength to strength, appointing Eamonn Darcy as Corporate Account Manager in February 2013.
Having been active for some years in the renewable energy space in West Australia, Eamonn was well aware of what Paul Lyons and his team were doing with respect to energy remodelling and, more specifically, their invention, NRGi.
“NRGi is automating the entire energy remodelling process for industry whilst making it far more practical and accurate. I’m excited about the many opportunities not only in Australia but the global audience” Eamonn stated. “Ecocentric Energy’s refreshingly holistic approach to energy consumption impressed me so much in 2010 that, in conjunction with Ernst & Young, we formed a consortium to address industry renewable energy needs within WA. “When the opportunity to join Ecocentric presented itself I did not hesitate to join the company and I hope that my academic qualifications and renewable energy experience within the industry will help us to achieve our goals”, he concluded.
“Eamonn brings over 25 years of business development experience in the WA corporate sector and an eclectic knowledge of renewable energy technology”, said Paul Lyons, Director of Ecocentric Energy. “We’re a better company already with him on board.”