Kick-starting the future of smart, accessible energy

10 January 2017

Cameron Briggs, Origin Energy's Head of Future Energy, tells us why Free Electrons is such an important initiative for the company to be involved with.

Imagine a future where energy is smart, clean and accessible to everyone. That’s the goal of Free Electrons, a global business accelerator focused on supporting start-ups which work on clever and innovative energy solutions. Origin is one of eight energy companies, including AusNet Services, from across the world backing the program which will provide 12 energy start-ups the support they need to succeed with their big energy ideas. 

“The Free Electrons accelerator is a fantastic opportunity for Origin. As we transition to a lower-carbon future where our customers will be empowered with more choices we need to be ready to embrace these changes.  

The Free Electrons accelerator will really help in a couple of ways. Firstly, we will be exposed to the most innovative energy start-ups globally and will have the opportunity to closely work with them, help them understand the issues we are facing and to trial their technologies within our customer base.


“Nothing of this scale, which puts energy utilities directly with start ups in an accelerator, has been attempted before...”


Secondly, we will be working with eight like-minded energy utilities from all over the globe and two energy accelerators. Sharing our experiences, concerns and insights will be invaluable as we all try to tackle the same problem.

Once we have selected the final 12 start-ups from a pool of hundreds to participate in the program, we will run three intensive modules in Silicon Valley, Dublin, Lisbon and Singapore over the next six months. Each of these locations will offer something different in terms of local expertise and investment communities, market conditions and of course local cuisine! We can't wait to be involved.

Nothing of this scale which puts energy utilities directly with start ups in an accelerator has been attempted before and we are delighted to be part of it.”

Want to apply?

The utility partners in Free Electrons are leaders in the clean energy transition, covering more than 40 countries, representing over $148 billion in combined net income and access to over 73 million end customers worldwide.

Energy start-ups around the world with a working prototype are encouraged to apply to Free Electrons. Twelve energy start-ups will be selected by the eight utility partners to participate in the six-month accelerator program.

The call for the world’s energy start-ups starts on 9 January 2017. The application deadline is on 28 February 2017. The selection period is in March 2017 and the selected startups will be announced in April 2017. Interested applicants can apply for the Free Electrons program at www.freelectrons.co