Idea

It is very difficult for households to improve their energy efficiency and transition to a sustainable future as current solutions are boring, costly and confusing.

elumin8 team - Lloyd Niccol, Tim Binnion, Kate Cavanagh, Jiaming Li.

Lloyd Niccol, Tim Binnion, Kate Cavanagh, Jiaming Li.

elumin8 solves this problem by providing tailored energy information via a unique communication channel, allowing homeowners to directly engage with their home in a human and personable way.

elumin8 guides the household step by step along the journey to energy independence by improving energy efficiency and taking the risk and confusion out of installing solar and batteries. Advanced analytics are utilised to understand the behaviour and needs of the household in order to offer the whole family education around energy and reward them for making sustainable choices.

Team

  • Kate Cavanagh: Research manager in renewable energy grid integration in Australia and energy efficiency.
  • Jiaming Li: Senior research scientist at CSIRO Data61 with experience in machine learning, image processing, pattern recognition and multi-agent system design.
  • Lloyd Niccol: Mechanical engineer with experience in residential energy efficiency and development of building integrated photovoltaics and building products.
  • Tim Binnion: Product design engineer with experience across a variety of industries in both Australia and China.

[Music plays and text appears: ON powered by CSIRO]

[Image appears of Lloyd Niccol and Kate Cavanagh and text appears: Lloyd Niccol, Team Elumin8, Kate Cavanagh, Team Elumin8]

Lloyd Niccol: My name’s Lloyd Niccol.

Kate Cavanagh: And I’m Kate Cavanagh.

[Images move through of a page titled “elumin8”, Lloyd Niccol talking to the camera and Kate Cavanagh listening, the audience and a back view of Kate Cavanagh] 

Lloyd Niccol: We’re both involved with Elumin8 and Elumin8 believes in transitioning to a cleaner future; we do that by helping households reduce their energy consumption.

[Image changes to show Kate Cavanagh on the stage talking to the audience]

Kate Cavanagh: We make energy fun by giving your house a voice. 

[Images move through of Kate Cavanagh talking to the camera while Lloyd Niccol listens, a facing view and then a rear view of Kate Cavanagh talking to the audience]

What triggered Elumin8 to apply for the ON programme was having that CSIRO backing in a supportive environment along with other researchers and learning those additional business skills.

[Images move through of “The future is ON” brochure being held in hands, Lloyd Niccol talking to the camera while Kate Cavanagh listens, Kate Cavanagh talking to a male and Lloyd Niccol talking to a male]

Lloyd Niccol: The best part of ON was really having access to great mentors and really good coaches and then just to have a structured process to develop the business model and to make our product commercial possible. 

[Images move through of a rear view of Kate Cavanagh talking to the audience]

Kate Cavanagh: So in three months’ time we’ll be looking for over $500,000 in investment to run in home trials. 

[Images move through of Lloyd Niccol listening while Kate Cavanagh is talking to the camera, Kate Cavanagh on stage talking to the audience, the audience, a rear view and then a facing view of Kate Cavanagh talking to the audience and Lloyd Niccol listening while Kate Cavanagh is talking to the camera]

It has opened up my perspective and those new skill sets that I’ve learned along the way are really going to support me in designing new experiments and understanding how to take research from the lab to the market.

[Music plays and clapping can be heard]

[Image changes to show Kate Cavanagh leaving the stage]

[Text appears: The future is ON powered by CSIRO, csiro.au/on]

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