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Lightning Lab announces innovation challenge winners

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This article was published on 18 April 2017

emhLab's home energy efficiency tool wins New Zealand electricity technology challenge

emhLabs (pictured), a small team of electricity market professionals, have won Lightning Lab's 2017 energy innovation challenge with an algorithm that allows them to provide a home energy efficiency rating for a home without undertaking a site visit.

Three other entries were highly recommended:

  • Zach Preston, who is building a a platform to empower and inform energy consumers while conserving as much energy as possible
  • Kieran Morris who is helping to detect and locate faults efficiently and resiliently with optimal sensor placement
  • Team SHAC who entered a home performance app focussed on occupant health and comfort, structural integrity and energy efficiency of a home.

The winners were announced following a pitch event on 6 April, where eight teams presented their ideas to a panel of expert judges. Teams were assessed on innovation, customer and market impact and commercialisation potential. A $40,000 prize package was up for grabs.

The challenge was New Zealand's first-ever nationwide call for innovative ideas, ventures and products in electricity and sustainable energy. It was run by startup and innovation agency Creative HQ with Callaghan Innovation. The programme was sponsored by a group of innovation-focussed NZ and multinational companies – Westpac NZ, Genesis Energy, GE New Zealand, Unison Networks, and Z Energy, with support from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.