Isle startup aims to help utilities reward energy savings

July 9, 2012 10:28 am 0 comments

Ikehu AppSoon, consumers will have a new incentive to reduce energy consumption: free airline miles.

Ikehu Naturals LLC, a Hawaii-based startup, recently won an award in a contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The award was given for its Demand Response Incentive (DRIVE) system. The DRIVE technology gives power companies the ability to offer airline miles to their energy efficient customers.

Ikehu said in a statement that it hopes the award generates interest by power companies around the world.

“It’s an honor to be selected among the winners in such a prestigious competition” says Ikehu CEO and founder Holland Wood. “Soon, utilities will have the ability to use airline miles to guide consumers towards responsible energy use.”

The DRIVE Mobile App and platform will use existing web and smartphone technologies so that it can be deployed by virtually any power company. This patent-pending solution includes a mobile app and related web service that enables power companies to offer mileage-based incentives.

The U.S. Department of Energy evaluated contest entries based on several criteria including innovation, implementation and potential impact. In all, 56 entrants competed for seven prizes. The DRIVE Mobile App won the “Peak Energy Usage” award and received $6,000 in prize money. In addition, the team is invited to showcase their technology at an upcoming recognition event in Washington, D.C.

“Hawaii is working to become an environment where technology startups can thrive,” says Billy Kenoi, Mayor of Hawaii County. “Congratulations to the Ikehu Natural team and I look forward to their continued success.”

“An award from the U.S. Department of Energy is validation that technology start-ups can launch in Hawaii,” adds Karl Fooks, President of the Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation. “The recently established Launch Akamai Venture Accelerator (LAVA) Program will help to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem and assist start-ups like Ikehu Natural to quickly grow their businesses and contribute to Hawaii’s economy.”

To be notified of when the DRIVE Mobile App will be available in your area, sign up at www.ikehu.com.

Ikehu App

About Ikehu Natural LLC

Ikehu Natural LLC is a Hawaii-based startup that is focused on clean technology. “Ikehu” is the Hawaiian word for “energy.” The company has a patent pending demand management system that is targeted towards residential customers. The solution is called the Demand Response Incentive (DRIVE) system. The Ikehu team includes Derek Gabriel, Rod Hinman, Matt Ing, and Holland Wood. For more information, visit www.ikehu.com

About the Apps for Energy Contest

The Apps for Energy Competition was an Energy Department contest aimed at encouraging private sector software development. The contest fosters innovative apps that use data to help utility customers manage their electricity use. In total, $100,000 in prize money was awarded to seven winners. Winners received a cash prize from DOE and are invited to Washington, D.C., to be honored at a recognition event and to demonstrate their apps. For details and a complete list of winners, see appsforenergy.challenge.gov

Leave a Reply


Other News

  • Technology Tourism HVCB Seeks Digital Marketing Coordinator

    HVCB Seeks Digital Marketing Coordinator

    The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB), tasked with creating “sustainable, diversified, travel destination demand” for the Hawaiian Islands, is seeking a Digital Marketing Coordinator. “This person’s main job function will be to generate great Hawaii content for our various communication channels – gohawaii.com, our blog, enewsletters and social,” explains Kara Imai, the HVCB’s Senior Director of Digital Marketing. “They should have excellent writing skills and also be able to recognize and manage other good freelance content creators.” While it’s […]

    Read more →
  • Education Featured Windward District’s Science Fair Marks 28th Year

    Windward District’s Science Fair Marks 28th Year

    More than 200 students from 31 Windward Oahu schools will present over 160 projects at the annual Windward District’s Science and Engineering Fair.

    Setup begins today at Windward Community College, with judging tomorrow morning and displays open to the public in the afternoon. Winners will be announced on Saturday.

    This year marks the event’s 28th year, and the three-day program is organized by vice principals from schools spanning from Waimanalo to Sunset Beach. In addition to the competition, it offers sixth- through tenth-graders several breakout sessions and presentations by college professors as a way to inspire Hawaii’s future scientists.

    Read more →
  • Art Education Featured Updates Sheet metal roses return for Valentine’s Day

    Sheet metal roses return for Valentine’s Day

    The annual “Forever Rose” sale by the Sheet Metal and Plastics Program at HCC started as a bet over 15 years ago.

    “An apprenticeship student challenged me to make a rose out of sheet metal,” recalls Danny Aiu, Associate Professor of the program. “That night with a strip of sheet metal I molded a rose with my hands. Today, our students apply their skills by operating a plasma cutter, chemicals and other tools used in the trade to create each rose one by one.”

    Read more →
  • Environment Featured Science Hawaii lab finds dramatic shift in Pacific ecosystem

    Hawaii lab finds dramatic shift in Pacific ecosystem

    The Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) has enabled scientists to determine that a long-term shift in nitrogen content in the Pacific Ocean has occurred as a result of climate change. Researchers observed overall nitrogen fixation in the North Pacific Ocean has increased by about 20 percent since the mid 1800s and this long-term change appears to be continuing today, according to a study published recently in the journal, Nature.

    Using chemical information locked in organic skeletal layers, the team used these ancient deep corals as detailed recorders of changes at the base of the open Pacific food web over the last 1,000 years. This represents the first detailed biogeochemical records for the planet’s largest contiguous ecosystem. This type of sample is only available using deep-diving submersibles, such as those operated by HURL.

    Read more →
  • Environment Featured Publicity Science Television ‘Voice of the Sea’ TV series debuts in January

    ‘Voice of the Sea’ TV series debuts in January

    A new television show highlighting ocean and coastal scientists and cultural experts from Hawaii and the Pacific will debut on January 5, 2014. “Voice of the Sea” will be broadcast on on KVFE (Channel 5 and 1005) on Sundays at 6:00 p.m.

    The show is hosted by Dr. Kanesa Duncan Seraphin, world paddleboard champion, shark researcher, and science education expert.

    Dr. Seraphin, director of the University of Hawaii Sea Grant Center of Excellence in Marine Science Education and associate professor at the Curriculum Research & Development Group in the College of Education at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, has traveled across the Pacific to bring stories of relevance to Hawaii. Each half-hour episode profiles local science and cultural celebrities and presents thought-provoking information in an exciting, original, reality-based way.

    Read more →
  • Art People Publicity HIFF names new Executive Director

    HIFF names new Executive Director

    As part of the Hawaii International Film Festival’s (HIFF) business continuity strategy, the HIFF Board of Directors announces that, effective January 1, 2014, current HIFF Executive Director, Chuck Boller, will transition to a new Director Emeritus role and Deputy Director, Robert Lambeth, will transition to Executive Director. Designed to support HIFF’s long-term film exhibition and education strategies, Mr. Boller will now focus primarily on fundraising and establishing a new HIFF Foundation. HIFF Board President and Chairman, Owen Ogawa, said: “Chuck […]

    Read more →
  • Featured History Television Tourism Battleship Missouri Screens Special ‘Five-0′ Episode

    Battleship Missouri Screens Special ‘Five-0′ Episode

    Starting this Saturday, December 7 through December 13, visitors to the Battleship Missouri Memorial will enjoy a special sneak preview of the ‘Hawaii Five-0′ episode that will later air nationwide on Friday, December 13, 9PM ET/PT, on the CBS Television Network.

    Titled ‘Ho‘onani Makuakane’ (‘Honor Thy Father’), the episode focuses on the attempted murder of a Pearl Harbor veteran that leads ‘Five-0′ to use decades old evidence to investigate a deadly crime committed within the internment camps holding Americans of Japanese ancestry on Oahu during World War II. A remembrance ceremony using actual World War II veterans was filmed at the Battleship Missouri Memorial.

    The ‘Hawaii Five-0′ episode in its entirety will be projected onto a large video screen in the Missouri’s educational classroom, which is air-conditioned and located one deck below the main deck next to the Mess Hall.

    Read more →
  • Government Media Television State blasts ‘American Jungle’ shoot in Hawaii

    State blasts ‘American Jungle’ shoot in Hawaii

    In response to The History Channel’s new series “American Jungle,” the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), as well as representatives of hunting, animal protection and film agencies in Hawaii, find the series’ depiction of hunting activities on the Island of Hawaii to be inaccurate, offensive, and in some cases, potentially illegal.

    The DLNR Division of Conservation Resource Enforcement (DOCARE) is currently conducting an investigation into whether several of DLNR’s rules and regulations may have been broken during the filming of the program. Activities such as night hunting both on public and private land, are illegal under Hawaii Revised Statues §183D-27 and Hawaii Administrative Rules §13-123-6. The Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), which oversees DLNR’s hunting program, denied a permit request last spring for the production to film on state forest lands.

    Read more →