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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is seeking applications from energy innovators for its next A-Lab innovation lab — a program that aims to create cross-sector partnerships and world-first projects to help Australia transition to clean energy.

A-Lab Incubate 2019 is ARENA’s project accelerator. It’s a three-day innovation lab for teams to develop and refine high-impact, innovative projects that will accelerate Australia’s transition to renewable energy.

ARENA is looking for up to ten teams to participate in this year’s intake. Successful teams will be given the opportunity to fast track an idea from concept to a fully fledged project proposal ready for investment, with the help of industry experts, investors and technical consultants.

Each team will ideally be cross-sector and multi-disciplinary, with people from multiple organisations across the energy sector, and may include combinations of innovators, disruptors, technology providers, project developers, energy retailers, network businesses, customers, regulators and rule makers.

Each team’s project must be actively under development, although it may range from an idea just brought into existence to a project well underway. Projects could range from technology development all the way through to technology demonstration and deployment in market trials.

Areas of interest for the A-Lab session include delivering technology and business model solutions to enable higher shares of renewables in the electricity grid, supporting the growth of Australia’s renewable hydrogen industry and helping industry transition to renewables.

This year’s event will carry on the success arising from Incubate 2018 which saw ten teams participate, with several projects still in the ARENA funding process.

Incubate 2019 will be held in Sydney on 11-13 September 2019.

Applications are open until Friday 2 August 2019.

Before joining the Utility team, Eliza worked as a freelance journalist for a number of years. Eliza has the rare talent of being able to find the nuggets of gold in otherwise average source material, and like any self-respecting member of gen-Y is a whiz when it comes to social media marketing and management.

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