Opinion

Q&A: EkkoSense

REI talks to Dean Boyle, CEO of EkkoSense

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REI: What have you got planned for the rest of 2015?

DB: For 2015 we’re focused on improving Feed-in Tariff reporting for renewables owners, having just launched Version 3 of our renewables monitoring software. It’s designed to help owners make the most of their renewables investment, for example by highlighting wind turbines or solar panels that aren’t performing as well as they should be. Our goal is to ensure renewable assets are operating optimally – providing owners with early visibility of potential maintenance concerns.

REI: What is top of your wish list from the new government?

DB: I’d like to see the new government think more about the importance of renewables in relation to climate change before they start enacting policies. It needs to be more joined up – there’s no point just cutting support for renewables in education or larger businesses, without considering how this has a knock-on impact for smaller industries. Educating the next generation on renewables is the only way to go to ensure longer-term environmental benefits.

REI: How is your company cutting its carbon footprint?

DB: EkkoSense strongly supports the move towards smart monitoring – removing the need to physically visit sites. Smart monitoring uses remote diagnostics to eliminate unnecessary trips with all their associated traffic and pollution. In addition, planned maintenance ensures energy generation from renewable assets is kept continuous – reducing the need for using grid power from non renewable sources.