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Finalists in the Dynamic Demand Challenge

One of only five finalists drawn from an entry list of 76, Clean Energy Prospector (CEPRO) was yesterday commended in Nesta’s awards day for it’s coveted Dynamic Demand Challenge.  The company’s innovative Kudos™ service impressed the judges and performed well in the face of stiff competition with the winners trophy going to fellow finalist, Demand Shaper.

Kudos™ provides communities with simple, low-cost, radio-connected ‘fridge magnet’ energy displays. Using these displays the electricity network operator can run substation ‘energy challenges’ that signal local grid conditions and reward the community collectively for manually responding to those conditions and avoiding electricity use at peak times.

The team behind Kudos™ developed the idea off the back of a project from the Centre for Sustainable Energy that was using door-knocking campaigns to engage with communities to use less electricity at peak times.  This project gave Damon Rand and Robbie Mouat the idea to ‘automate’ behaviour change by running energy challenges with the Kudos™ fridge magnet at the times of the day that will make the most difference.

Damon Rand, co-founder and Head of Product Design at Clean Energy Prospector, was at the event which was held in central London, “We are really thrilled to be a finalist in this competition.  We would have preferred to have won however it was great opportunity to showcase our technology to an informed audience,” he commented, “Combining technology with social attitudes is a new fusion and one that we will continue to pioneer working with network operators and power suppliers.  We hope that this puts Kudos™ on the map in terms of engaging behaviour change in energy demand management as well as the clean tech sector and we are looking forward to continuing to work with Nesta and NPL.”

Run by Nesta in partnership with National Physical Laboratory’s Centre for Carbon Measurement, the Dynamic Demand Challenge Prize is seeking innovations that move electricity demand to off-peak times or make better use of renewable energy generation.

Jane Burston, Head of Centre for Carbon Measurement, National Physical Laboratory and on the judging panel for Dynamic Demand said, “The judges thought that Kudos’s novel idea to run community challenges would be a good educational and campaigning tool. Through engaging people in the reasons why dynamic demand is important, it is also likely to support the roll out of other dynamic demand technologies, laying the foundations for bigger carbon benefits than can be achieved through the Kudos challenges alone.”

Clean Energy Prospector has a number of other ground breaking products in its energy technology portfolio.   These include Simtricity, an operations and monitoring product that helps organisations deploy solar PV schemes and Skyprospector, an energy analytics product that helps homeowners assess investments in renewables.