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Innovation thrives with EnergyLab Queensland expansion

Clean energy business accelerator EnergyLab has expanded to Brisbane, hosting four exciting innovative start-ups:

  • Cirlution – which has developed a scheme to capture the maximum value from food waste and convert it into clean energy and heat
  • Charge Cube – which has created an affordable small modular solar battery system, suitable for developing countries
  • Fluxpower – which is developing an electricity payments network to reward demand response in real time, working with electricity generators, retailers and end users
  • Sunshine Cycles – which delivers solar-powered rechargeable electric bikes from self-serve pods, reducing vehicle emissions.

For its new Brisbane base, EnergyLab selected the four start-ups after a rigorous assessment process. Each start-up will receive 6-24 months support, including rent-free office space, $50,000 in seed capital, and mentoring and networking opportunities to help them build a business platform for their ongoing development.

The new EnergyLab base is co-located with the CEFC. The Queensland government is providing an additional $400,000 in operational funding, as part of its Advance Queensland Biofutures 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan.

The seed capital that EnergyLab provides to start-ups is financed through the Clean Energy Seed Fund, which was established in 2017 by specialist fund manager Artesian. The CEFC, through the Clean Energy Innovation Fund, is a $10 million cornerstone investor in the $26 million Clean Energy Seed Fund.

EnergyLab has co-working spaces for clean energy start-ups in each of Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra, where it provides the innovative companies with mentoring and other support to help them turn their business ideas into commercial reality.

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