Singapore Power has this week launched an accelerator programme to recruit and guide startups in the the utilities industry.

12 startups will be selected for the 6 month programme in Silicon Valley, Lisbon, Dublin and Singapore, and get the chance to collaborate with major utility companies, testing, refining and developing their products and services on a global customer base.

“We are excited to partner respected international utilities and experienced accelerators, who have extensive innovation and R&D experience, to support promising start-ups around the world”, said May Liew, Director of Strategic Development, Singapore Power.

“Together we can develop transformational energy solutions to provide customers with more choices, and help them to save energy and cost”, she continued.

The programme, Free Electrons, was launched in partnership with 9 utilities firms: Singapore Power, AusNet Services, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Electricity Supply Board (ESB), Energias de Portugal (EDP), innogy, Origin Energy and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO).

The programme is also supported by two energy accelerators from Silicon Valley, New Energy Nexus and swissnex San Francisco.

Energy startups can apply to the programme starting 9 January this year. The last date for applications is 28 February 2017, and the selected startups will be announced in April.

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