UNB’s Energia and TME program propel startups forward
Three grads from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) are embracing the provinces Smart Grid Initiative and are working on a way to help utilities find outages on their grids more quickly, and eventually help to reduce power interruption via their Fredericton startup Trispectra.
It’s a little-known fact that utilities don’t have the ability to detect a power outage as soon as it occurs and about a year and a half ago the company came up with sensors that are placed on the powerlines, that tell the utility company when a power outage occurs and where.
“Our solution was to provide a sensor-based monitor system that would provide a map of the power lines and detect faults,” said CEO Emmanuel Albert in an interview. “We can alert the utility if there’s a fault – not just location but also the type of problem.”
With the help from the Energia accelerator at UNB, Trispectra has received $20,000 in non-dilutive funding and have been introduced to mentors such as Pierre Mullin of Siemens Canada.
The founders’ main focus now is to perfect certain components that will go into the sensor mechanism, and they are talking with potential manufacturers about ironing our sundry kinks in the design.
Mbissa, a Fredericton startup develops micro homes that use 100 per cent renewable solar and wind energy in order to run basic electrical services. The original goal was to bring renewable energy solutions to communities off the grid in Cameroon, but now Mbissa wants New Brunswickers to know they can transform the lives of people here at home too.
The off-grid micro home will be showcased in Douglas and Caleb Grove, founder of Mbissa Energy is excited to show off the technology and business model, that they developed with the support of the Energia Accelerator and the Technology Management & Entrepreneurship (TME) program at UNB.
Mbissa has completed 40 renewable energy installations in homes, clinics, and businesses on and around the island Mbissa and Grove wants to return to Cameroon in January to train another team of technicians who he hopes can complete installations across the entire island of Mbissa within eight months.
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